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Colleen Williams

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Colleen Williams, who is originally from Corning, NY, came to Buffalo in 1986. She earned her BA in Spanish from Nazareth College of Rochester, and then pursued a career in marketing and sales.  Music had always been her passion but performing had been something of a hobby, a sideline to her regular work as a marketing executive.  In 1997, after a serious cancer scare, Williams decided to abandon that successful marketing career to pursue her life-long love of music as a professional singer. Once the health threat was behind her, Colleen focused even more intently on what was important to her and she directed her uncommon resolve toward achieving that goal.  In 1998, in collaboration with Buffalo’s musical luminaries, jazz saxophonist Bobby Militello (Dave Brubeck Band) and keyboardist and Hammond B3 player, Bobby Jones (Sammy Davis Jr., Doc Severinsen)  who served as the album’s producers, Williams recorded her first album, “Torched.“ It marked the beginning of her professional singing career.  Anthony Violante (Buffalo News) called Williams vocals, “sultry and powerful…..Williams’ singing comes straight from the soul….What makes the CD special is her emotion and range.” With the album’s critical success and Williams’ vocal strength and energy, it wasn’t long before she established herself as one of the premier entertainers in Western New York.  

In 2003, Williams released “Colleen Williams” the much anticipated follow-up to her highly successful 1998 debut CD “Torched.”   In addition, to being a mainstay at many of Buffalo and Rochester’s best entertainment venues, Colleen has been a regularly featured artist at many of area’s most prestigious ongoing concert events including:  M&T Plaza Concert Series and The Buffalo News’ Jazz at the Albright-Knox.  In April 2007, Williams was extremely pleased to have been asked to perform a special concert for Center Stage, an event that helped raise close to $100K for AIDS Family Services.

On July 8, 2007, Colleen performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at ArtPark in a Tribute to George Gershwin.  For Williams, this marked the second season in a row appearing with the BPO under conductor Robert Franz. In May of 2006, she performed as a guest vocalist in the BPO’s Tribute to Benny Goodman, featuring clarinetist, Sal Andolina.  Colleen had this to say about performing with the BPO, “It is every singer’s secret dream to perform with a philharmonic and to do be able to do so with such a highly acclaimed orchestra as we have here in Buffalo…It is every bit as exciting as I have imagined and more.” 

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