One of the most well known pop folk artists of today is Dar Williams, who is also known for her charity work. The New Yorker described her as "one of America’s very best singer-songwriters." That is without doubt an amazing feat. During her live performances, she can be seen playing a guitar. Some of her songs are totally guitar oriented, if you wish to enjoy them you can buy Dar Williams tickets.
Along with Meredith and Julie, her older sister, she grew up in Chappaqua. Her nickname ‘Dar’ originates from the mispronunciation of her name Dorothy. She was going to be named Darcy, who was a character in the novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ as mentioned by her in an interview with WUKY radio. Her parents encouraged her to pursue her career as a songwriter when they figured out that she has an interest in it.
Williams started playing guitar at the age of nine. She wrote two songs a few years later. She was interested in drama more at that time and did her majors in theater and religion at Wesleyan University. In 1990, Williams shifted to Boston, Massachusetts. She wanted a career in theatre at that time and went there to explore her options. The Opera Company of Boston was her first experience and for a year she worked as a stage manager. She didn’t forget her love for music even then. She still wrote songs and recorded demo tapes from time to time.
Jeannie Deva, the now voice celebrity and renowned performance coach, used to give her voice lessons. Under Jeannie Deva, Williams got her professional singing voice and was encouraged by her to perform at coffeehouses. She didn’t gain popularity and success right from the start when she started giving performances. The Boston folk music scene constantly intimidated her and she also suffered due to stage fright.
She recorded her debut album titled ‘I Have No History’ in 1990. The album was produced by Jeannie Deva with engineering by Rob Lehmann at the Oak Grove Studios in Malden, MA. Her second album titled ‘All My Heroes are Dead’ came out a year later in 1991. Hunk Bennert was the engineer and Jeannie Deva produced it. Most parts of the album were recorded at the Wellspring Sound in Newton. The ‘Mark Rothko Song’ was part of this album. It was also included in the third album titled ‘The Honesty Room’.
Northampton, Massachusetts was the next place Williams moved to in 1993. During this time in her music career, she worked with Joan Baez. This was probably the turning point in her career, as she gained a lot of recognition when she performed with her.
The Burning Field Music is William’s own label. She recorded her first complete album ‘The Honesty Room’ under it. Some artists featuring on the album include Katryna, Nerrissa Neilds, Gideon Freudmann and Max Cohen. She signed a licensing-and-distribution deal with Razor and Tie and reissued the album with the deal. It became one the one of the top-selling independent folk albums of the year.
Her second album ‘Mortal City’ came out in 1996 which was a huge success. In 1997, Williams’ released ‘End of The Summer’. By that time, Williams had established her name as a professional folk-pop artist.
Williams has since then released six more studio albums and is the founder of Snowden Environmental Trust. She has done a lot of benefit concerts during her time in the industry.
It is possible that you contribute to her charity efforts by attending here benefit concerts. Her music about her experiences in life will definitely inspire you. If you want a night in quality music, this will be your chance. Appreciate the artists and the lovers of folk pop. You can even buy Dar Williams tickets as a gift for your friends and family for their perfect night out. Each of her songs is based on different themes so you will not get bored.
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