There’s a transformative power to Dana Williams’ voice, a rare ability to bend time and turn feeling bad into something impossibly lovely. Raised on singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, the L.A.-based artist brings a jazzy nonchalance to her delivery while drawing big emotion from the subtlest vocal movement. Dana’s debut release-The Lonely One featured breakout single “Keep Me Waiting,” which earned the distinction of being the only original vocal composition featured in Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning film Whiplash. In recent years she’s gained an ardent following by matching that graceful urgency with her disarmingly intimate songwriting—a dynamic that garnered her over 100 million global streams including 2017’s Spotify Fresh Find “Honey.” Dana has collaborated with artists like Freddie Gibbs, Boogie, and Rejjie Snow and Aminé on “Egyptian Luvr” and in 2020, was named an Idolator, Artist To Watch, a Fender Next Artist and was selected by H.E.R. to perform on “Girls With Guitars” livestream show. Not to mention, Dana performed a special rendition of “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland” for AVEDA’s Holiday Collection Campaign in 2021. That year saw the alt R&B singer-songwriter releasing multiple singles including “You Win,” an intimate and bittersweet breakup song, and “Let Me,” a flirtatious track about the fear and excitement of a relationship. In 2022, the “breakout star” (American Songwriter) recently released the contemplative “End Of The World” to wide praise.

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