Pamela Williams The Saxtress
Dubbed "the Saxtress" after the title of her debut record, Pamela Williams is undoubtedly, one of the most popular performers on today's smooth jazz scene. However, we've long preferred to refer to Ms Williams affectionately as the first lady of sax!! Although she established her solo career in LA, Williams' molded her musical identity during her youth. Her talents were nurtured by the rich musical heritage of Philadelphia. One of her earliest influences was the late great Grover Washington Jr. whose cutting-edge blend of styles first inspired Williams with an interest in jazz. Pamela tours the world electrifying audiences with her dynamic sound and captivating stage presence. Pamela Williams has toured extensively with Patti LaBelle and Teena Marie. Williams has also worked with Babyface, Chante Moore, Sheila E.,the Ohio Players and has appeared in a variety of videos by artists ranging from soul veteran Barry White ("Come On") to rapper/actress Queen Latifah ("Hard Times"). She’s recently been on the same bill as a solo featured artist with John Legend, Toni Braxton, Eric Benet, George Benson, to name a few. Pamela Williams is multi-talented recording artist, composer, and producer who plays flute and piano in addition to the saxophone. She has written and produced songs for the late Teena Marie. She has also produced a gospel project for an upcoming vocalist. Williams made her solo debut in 1996 with The Saxtress, an album that immediately brought her name into the limelight. The project peaked within the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album top 10 and remained on the chart for full five months while also earning her the title of Best Female Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Year. On that release and on each of her subsequent projects, Williams has continued to exhibit a stylish blend of flavors, from Latin & jazz, Funk, to R&B, hip-hop and house. Pamela Williams has 10 Cds to her credit. She presently tours around the world.