Lori Williams is the lead vocalist of the Washington-based jazz ensemble, Lori Williams & Friends, and a featured vocalist on The Saltman Knowles Group, The Blackbyrds, Allyn Johnson and Divine Order, Sherry Winston and Collaboration CDs. She has taught music in Washington, D.C. Public Schools since 1995. Currently, Lori is the Director of Vocal Music and former Music Department Chairperson at Wilson Senior High School.
Ms. Williams has directed several choirs, including the National Diamond Girls Jazz Choir (performing for the Inauguration Ceremony for President George Bush); the Sagamihara Christian Fellowship Gospel Choir in Japan; the Fort Foote Baptist Church Gospel Choir in Fort Washington, Maryland; Carmody Hills Baptist Church Children's Choir in Capitol Heights, Maryland; and the Bethlehem Baptist Church Gospel Choir in Washington, D.C.
She has performed with many nationally-known recording artists, including David Archuleta, Regina Belle, George Duke, Slide Hampton, Stanley Jordan), Ben E. King, Maysa, Phil Perry, The Sherelles, Bobby Vee and The Vees, Angela Winbush, and Vesta Williams. She has also done extensive studio recording and commercial work. She has toured and taught vocal jazz workshops annually in Europe (most recently in Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, Russia and Ukraine).
Ms. Williams has been seen in live musical presentations of "Meet Me at the Cafe" and "The Scenic Route" at the Jack Guidone Theatre in Washington, DC. She has also showcased her acting and singing talents in "The All Night Strut," "Cool Papa’s Party,” “Isn't It Romantic,” and "Ladies Swing The Blues: A Jazz Fable" (receiving a Helen Hayes Nomination for Best Female Lead in a Musical) at MetroStage Theatre in Virginia. Most recently, Lori performed in "Bessie's Blues" receiving rave reviews. She is scheduled to appear in "Shake Loose" (also at MetroStage) in January 2016.
Lori Williams has released two CDs - Healing Within and Eclipse of the Soul. She is working on her third CD - Behind the Smiles - to be released in 2016.
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