Vivienne Williams' voice can best be described as a finely woven musical tapestry if influences, which include R&B, Hip Hop,Jazz, and Rap with a touch of spoken word to sweeten the pot.
This two time JUNO AWARDS nominee, was acclaimed as "a mellifluous cross between Sarah Vaughn and Tina Turner", by The New York Times.
Ms. Williams, a member of the vocal trio " SWAY" reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts, with their hit single "Hands Up" which achieved "GOLD STATUS" and was nominated for her first Juno Award.
You may remember the title track from her album "MY TEMPTATION" which was quoted by the Canadian music business bible "The Record",as being… the fastest rising independent record release in Canadian radio history."
Vivienne was nominated for yet another JUNO AWARD but this time for her performance in her R&B/ Soul Recording, entitled "INFATUATED",a song she co-wrote with Mark Houlliff, which was released in the United States.
Ms. Williams has toured extensively across both the United States and Canada as well as performing throughout Asia. She has appeared on various television programs such as; City TV's "Electric Circus", "Breakfast Television", " Anne Murrays' Family Christmas Special", "The Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy", as well as sharing the stage with many popular artists like, Corey Hart, Bruce Cockburn, The Temptations, Percy Sledge, Dan Hill, George Benson, Taylor Dayne, Tower of Power, Colm Wilkinson, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, to name a few.
You may also recognize her voice in commercials such as "Hershey's Cookies & Creme", where she captivated us with her presence as well as her enchanting voice, or the "Bank of Montreal's Mbank Launch", in which she caused a stir with her heartfelt rendition of Bob Dylan's "Times Are A-Changin".
She has expressed gratitude and thanks for the privilege of being able to perform with various Toronto artists, such as Joe Sealy, Paul Novotony, Lou Pomonti, George Koller, Molly Johnson, Sharon Lee Williams, Colina Philips, Shawne, Jackson, Elaine Overholt, Jerry Caringi ,Trust, Bob Di Angeliis,
Mark Shannon Free Flight the Big Band, Gordon Webster, Doug Riley, and Archie Alleyne's" Kollage" etc...
TELEVISION-FEATURED PERFORMER Featured Artist unless otherwise indicated
Corey Hart- Backup Vocals-CBC
Rita McNeil Show-CBC As Soloist & As Backups For Paul Shaffer
Dini Petty Show- CFTO
Breakfast Television -CITY TV
Sick Children's Hospital-CFTO
News At Noon-GLOBAL
Electric Circus - CITY TV
Jerry Lewis Telethon For Muscular Dystrophy
Veronique Beliveau- CFTO
Miss Canada Pageant- duet with Billy Newton Davis
Variety Club Telethon
Anne Murray's Family Christmas - group vocals with- SWAY
CLUB & CONCERT APPEARANCES
Vivienne Williams "Jazz in Japan" headliner Park Hyatt Tokyo
New Years Eve -Hong Kong
- Canadian Promotional Tour- My Temptation the album - United States Promotional Tour My Temptation
Joe Sealy Quartet-in Kansas City, Sanderson Hall, Brantford- Downtown Jazz The Nathaniel Dett Chorale with Joe Sealy- Toronto "An Indigo Christmas" -Convocation Hall Freeflight The Big Band- Du Maurier Jazz Festival Bob Newhart- -opening act with Harry Waller Orchestra Hamilton Place
Tower of Power- Toronto George Benson -O'keefe Centre/ Hummingbird Center The Temptations In Concert-Ontario Place Forum Canada Day Concert for Energy 1200 -Ottawa-Headliner Molson Dry Front Music-Harbourfront, Molson Place-Headliner Nathan Phillips Square - " Wish You Were Here" -Headliner Le New Orleans- Montreal- Concert/Showcase (Français) Percy Sledge/Platters - Toronto Centre Stage at The Coloured Stone
THE RECORD CONFERENCE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS THE BAY SHOWCASE FOR SATURN DISTRIBUTING
Toronto Maple Leafs-Anthem Toronto Blue Jays, anthem Red Rocket- music video directed by Joel Goldberg, features Vivienne with Ian Thomas, Rick Moranis ,Dave Thomas and Glen Lewis in support of The Canadian Olympic Bobsleigh Team. Rogers Dome Opening Reception Toronto Music Awards- Massey Hall New Music Seminar 10 & 11, New York City-Showcase (also featured performer on, NMS compilation tape)
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Juno Award Nominee-Best Soul/ R&B Recording "Infatuated"
Juno award nominee -Single of the Year, Sway "Hands Up"
Gold Record-Awarded to the members of Sway, Virgin Recordings Act, for Canadian sales over 50,000 units of the single "Hands Up"
One More Stop On The Freedom Train- Canadian Tour Black Theatre Canada Ain't Misbehavin- Toronto.
MOVIE & FILM
The Natalie Cole Story Mr. Rock 'N' Roll: The Alan Freed Story -co-starring with Judd Nelson, Fabian And Bobby Rydell Sins of the father