Los Angeles singer/songwriter Dana Williams bursts through our doors with a brand new single/video “Knife” that caught our ears with it’s hearty and soulful vibes. The song sees her reflecting on the happiest day of her life with so much glee and passion. Over a lush guitar-driven backdrop, Dana Williams delivers a heartwarming performance that taps into her newly found freedom after breaking away from a toxic relationship. She adds that the title is a metaphor for the intense satisfaction of cutting ties which can be likened to. using a perfectly sharpened knife to a cook.
The vintage-styled visual was shot in isolation due to the current global lockdown and it’s quite refreshing. Williams is in her element here and finds joy in the littles things. The song is co-produced by Jordan Ware and L.3.G.I.O.N. who collaborated with Williams on her previous single “underwater,” which was featured in the past season of Hulu’s Ramy.
Growing up in L.A. and New York, Williams first began experimenting with songwriting in middle school, often in collaboration with her father: the late David Williams, a rhythm guitarist who performed on such iconic songs as Madonna’s “Like A Prayer,” Stevie Nicks’s “Stand Back,” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” “My dad also produced music, and a lot of times he’d bring home a track and tell me, ‘Write a verse here, a chorus here, another verse here,’” Williams says. “It was just a fun thing we did together, but it taught me how to write.”
Within a year of booking her first show, Williams made her debut with The Lonely One—a 2013 EP whose opening track, “Keep Me Waiting,” earned the distinction of being the only original vocal composition featured in Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning film Whiplash. Delivering her sophomore EP Let’s Fall in 2015, she then switched her focus to releasing singles, putting out a track a month for over a year. She also appeared as a featured artist alongside Aminé on Rejjie Snow’s “Egyptian Luvr”—a January 2018 single that’s garnered over 35 million streams on Spotify to date.
Get “Knife” on all DSPs here.