Lori Williams is the lead vocalist of the Washington-based jazz ensemble - Lori Williams & Friends - and featured vocalist on The Saltman Knowles Group, The Blackbyrds, Allyn Johnson and Divine Order, Sherry Winston and Collaboration CDs. She is the Director of Vocal Music (Wilson High School) and has an extensive background in the performing arts. She has directed several choirs locally and abroad, including the National Diamond Girls Jazz Choir (performing for the Inauguration Ceremony for President George Bush) and the Sagamihara Christian Fellowship Gospel Choir in Sagamihara, Japan.
Lori has performed with many nationally-known recording artists such as Oleta Adams, Yolanda Adams, David Archuleta, Norman Brown, Peabo Bryson, Jerry Butler, T.C. Carson, Gene Chandler, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Savion Glover, Slide Hampton, Walter Hawkins, Winard Harper, Al Johnson (The Unifics), Kindred The Family Soul, Ben E. King, Marion Meadows, Maysa, Phil Perry, Lloyd Price, Gary Taylor, Tony Terry, Bobby Vee and The Vees, Kim Waters and Vesta Williams. She also has done extensive studio recording and commercial work in the Metropolitan area and Japan.
Lori Williams has performed in numerous theatrical productions showcasing her singing, acting and dancing ability and was recently nominated for a 2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical for her role as Ella Fitzgerald in "Ladies Swing the Blues: A Jazz Fable".
Lori was recognized as an outstanding Music Teacher in the October 2000 issue of Teaching Music magazine. She was the recipient of the 2007 Superintendent's Arts Teacher of the Year Award. Additionally, Lori was the 2010 Vincent E. Reed Teacher of the Year. Lori is the proud mother of two talented and gifted children - Lauren Vanessa and Yusef Khalil. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Lori Williams released her debut CD ~ Healing Within ~ in 2010. She released her sophomore CD ~ Eclipse of the Soul ~ in the fall of 2012.
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