Alyson Williams

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American R&B singer, born May 11, 1962 in New York City.

Born and raised in Harlem, daughter of noted Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Bobby Booker, Alyson first demonstrated her stage talents at the age of four. She studied dance under the tutelage of, Arthur Mitchell, of The Dance Theater of Harlem. She also studied with Alvin Ailey and numerous other dance companies, which in time would lead to a dance scholarship to Marymount College. She also attended City University of New York, where she was a member of the Aaron Davis Center for the Performing Arts program, and studied under John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. While studying, Alyson’s path of success was paved with an internship with the world famous The Commodores. As well as, singing background in the studio with such well-known artists as Melba Moore, Evelyn King and Kurtis Blow just to name a few. Alyson was an in-demand studio session singer and also a featured member of the 80’s vocal group [High Fashion] on Capital Records.

Alyson was introduced to Russell Simmons by Kurtis Blow and was signed on Russell’s, groundbreaking Def Jam label, as his first female R&B artist. While signed to Def Jam Columbia/Sony Records, she recorded two albums on the OBR (Original Black Records) label. Her first album titled “Raw” spent an impressive 67 weeks on the Billboard charts, matched only by Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” in weeks charted and going gold in the UK. The album produced four top five singles, one of which is the sultry and ever popular hit, “Just Call My Name”. Her second album, self- titled, featured songs produced by Al B. Sure and Babyface and also boasted several chart topping singles.

Although still signed to Def Jam, Alyson continued to explore her many other talents. She starred in more than a dozen musical stage plays that toured across the country. Alyson has also appeared on Broadway in “Rollin on the TOBA”, “One Mo Time” and the “25th Anniversary Revival of the Wiz” directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner, George Faison. A consummate performer, her comedic talents landed her a gig at the country’s most renowned comedy club, Caroline’s as well as the starring role of “Power Woman” in ”Menopause the Musical”.

Never one to let grass grow under her feet, Alyson left Def Jam and began to collaborate with award winning producer, Marcus Johnson. Together they produced Alyson’s third solo album titled, “It’s About Time”. Alyson has appeared on Soul Train, The Jay Leno Show, BET on Jazz and most recently the Mo’nique Show. Alyson and her band are a favorite of the Royal King of Morocco and have had the honor of performing at five New Year’s Eve Galas and six Royal birthday celebrations for His Majesty Hassan II. The culmination was an invitation to perform at the private inaugural fete of His Majesty Mohamad VI.

Respected and admired by industry royalty and her peers, Alyson is often invited to share the stage with Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan, Ashford & Simpson, Dr. Maya Angelou, Christian McBride, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway and Freddie Jackson.
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Albums

FC 40515, 40515 Alyson Williams - Raw album art Alyson Williams Raw (Album) Def Jam Recordings FC 40515, 40515 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
466799 4 Alyson Williams - Cooked - The Remix Album album art Alyson Williams Cooked - The Remix Album (Album) Def Jam Recordings 466799 4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
468162 2 Alyson Williams - Alyson Williams album art Alyson Williams Alyson Williams (Album) OBR, Columbia 468162 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
XECD 40 Alyson Williams - It's About Time album art Alyson Williams It's About Time (Album) Expansion XECD 40 UK 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EZS-7516 Alyson Williams - Please Don't Break My Heart album art The Affair Featuring Alyson* The Affair Featuring Alyson* - Please Don't Break My Heart Easy Street Records EZS-7516 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRO-5090 Alyson Williams - Yes We Can Can album art Alyson Williams Yes We Can Can (Single) Profile Records PRO-5090 US 1986 Sell This Version
38 07425 Alyson Williams - Make You Mine Tonight (Remix) album art Chuck Stanley Introducing Alyson Williams Chuck Stanley Introducing Alyson Williams - Make You Mine Tonight (Remix) (Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 38 07425 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
133-0153 Alyson Williams - Hazy Shade Of Winter = Sombra Brumosa de Invierno / How To Love Again = Como Amar de Nuevo album art Bangles / Oran 'Juice' Jones Duo Alyson Williams Bangles / Oran 'Juice' Jones Duo Alyson Williams - Hazy Shade Of Winter = Sombra Brumosa de Invierno / How To Love Again = Como Amar de Nuevo(7", Jukebox) CBS 133-0153 Ecuador 1988 Sell This Version
CAS 1784 Alyson Williams - Just Call My Name / I Need Your Lovin' (Remix) album art Alyson Williams Just Call My Name / I Need Your Lovin' (Remix) (Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CAS 1784 US 1989 Sell This Version
654898 3 Alyson Williams - My Love Is So Raw album art Alyson Williams My Love Is So Raw (Maxi, Single) Def Jam Recordings 654898 3 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CSK 73097 Alyson Williams - I Need Your Lovin' album art Alyson Williams I Need Your Lovin' (Maxi, Single) OBR CSK 73097 US 1989 Sell This Version
655456 2 Alyson Williams - I Second That Emotion album art Alyson Williams Featuring Chuck Stanley Alyson Williams Featuring Chuck Stanley - I Second That Emotion (Single, Maxi) Def Jam Recordings, CBS 655456 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
44-68193 Alyson Williams - Sleep Talk album art Alyson Williams Sleep Talk (Single, Maxi) Def Jam Recordings 44-68193 US 1989 Sell This Version
CSK 73329 Alyson Williams - Not On The Outside album art Alyson Williams Not On The Outside (Single) Columbia CSK 73329 US 1990 Sell This Version
44 73724, 44-73724 Alyson Williams - She's Not Your Fool album art Alyson Williams She's Not Your Fool (Single) Columbia, Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, Def Jam Recordings 44 73724, 44-73724 US 1991 Sell This Version
CSK 74171 Alyson Williams Just My Luck (Single) Columbia CSK 74171 US 1992 Sell This Version
38T 74224, 37T74224 Alyson Williams - Can't Have My Man album art Alyson Williams Can't Have My Man (Single, Maxi) Columbia, OBR 38T 74224, 37T74224 US 1992 Sell This Version
OG 4230 Alyson Williams - Sleep Talk / I Need Your Lovin' album art Alyson Williams Sleep Talk / I Need Your Lovin'(12") Old Gold (2) OG 4230 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CSK-74493 Alyson Williams - Everybody Knew But Me album art Alyson Williams Everybody Knew But Me(CD, Single, Promo) Columbia CSK-74493 US 1992 Sell This Version
S12DJ-039 Alyson Williams - Main Thing / Please Don't Break My Heart album art Shot / Alyson Williams Shot / Alyson Williams - Main Thing / Please Don't Break My Heart(12") Simply Vinyl (S12) S12DJ-039 UK 2001 Sell This Version
DR 228 Alyson Williams - Lost In You album art Innerlust Featuring Alyson Williams Innerlust Featuring Alyson Williams - Lost In You(12") Danceaholic Records DR 228 US 2003 Sell This Version
EXPAND 91 Alyson Williams - Soft & Warm EP album art Alyson Williams Soft & Warm EP(12", EP) Expansion EXPAND 91 UK 2004 Sell This Version