October Next Step Artist Spotlight: Cole Williams

 

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Congratulations to miss Cole Williams for winning our October Next Step Artist Spotlight!

An East Flatbush native, Cole Williams blends the richness of her Jamaican and Brooklyn roots to create music mixing soul, reggae, ska, afro beat, and rock. Growing up listening to an an eclectic mix of Yolanda Adams, Mighty Sparrow, Jackson 5, and Bob Marley, one can assume correctly that this young woman is bursting with flavor. At times, she also reminds us just a little bit of Res – you know we’re not mad at that.

Her list of accolades, which include a Swedish Grammy nomination, aren’t modest either. To date, Cole has shared the stage with Lisa Lisa, Little Jackie, Imani Coppola, Big Brooklyn Red, Dana Fuchs, Honey LaRochelle, and Maya Azucena as well as recorded background vocals for Diane Birch and Joss Stone.

Might we add that she’s also performed on The Today Show and The Conan O’Brien Show, amongst others. Oh, and you can catch her as the singer in the new Cover Girl commercial with Drew Barrymore and as well as a Special K commercial that will be running at the end of the month. Fancy much.

This past September, the artist released an album named Out Of The Basement, Part 1, which you can stream in full below. Also, above you can find the gorgeous video for the instantly nostalgic “Little Me,” which we are absolutely delighted to premiere. Think late 90′s, early 00′s R&B.

Currently, you can catch Cole performing weekly at Asselna’s Sunday brunch gig at the new Gansevoort Hotel in NYC. She’s also mixing her next album!

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New Video from Diane Birch: “Valentino”

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Check out Diane Birch‘s new video for “Valentino” and to see more, visit her youtube page. If the one-take shot of this video intrigues you, check the Behind the Scenes video after the jump.

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SVEDKA VODKA Sessions #3: An Evening with Diane Birch and DJ Anané Vega

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The third installment of our SVEDKA Vodka sessions featured an intimate evening with singer-songwriter Diane Birch from her debut album Bible Belt. Setting the mood at Hudson Bar at Hudson, DJ Anané Vega opened and closed the event. Watch the video with interviews from both.

Tonight: SVEDKA Vodka Sessions #3 with Diane Birch and Special Guest DJ Anané Vega

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For those of you who RSVP’d early enough, join us for an intimate evening with singer/songwriter Diane Birch at Hudson, along with the musical stylings of special guest DJ Anané Vega. If not, here’s a video clip as a small consolation.

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