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August 21st, 2013

International music star set to perform at Gospel Café

Yvonne Denise Williams

BEACON - On Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., the Howland Cultural Center will present Yvonne Denise Williams, singer and bass player, at its monthly Gospel Café. Ms. Williams’ musical style is a rich mix of influences from Gospel to Jazz, R&B to Classical, and other genres of music. She began her musical life from the age of two, finding the keys on the family organ fascinating. Church activities, primarily the choir, developed her musical gifts, and she quickly began singing solos. Ms. Williams graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and quickly began performing with such artists as Frank McComb, Esperanza Spalding, Brenda Russell, Lynette Hawkins-Stevens, Dawkins & Dawkins, and many others.

She became a member of and the arranger for the group called "Blessed" which was invited to be part of a Berklee Masters Class Series alongside the award winning group, Take 6. Ms. Williams was also chosen to perform musical Honorary Doctorate Tributes to award winning Jazz/R&B artist Diane Reeves and Steven Tyler of the Rock group Aerosmith. She has shared the stage with Grammy Award Nominee Gospel artist Kim Burrell and more recently provided bass accompaniment for Grammy Award winner and Gospel legend Dorinda Clark-Cole.

For the past five years, Ms. Williams has travelled worldwide singing in premier theaters and venues: Ireland, China, Russia, and in various South American countries. She sang at the 2010 Montreal Jazz Festival and has performed and held interview appearances on major television and radio networks worldwide from New Zealand to Morocco, Bulgaria to Brazil; she also performed on the "Good Morning, America" TV show in the Tribute and Memorial Service for the late legendary artist, Michael Jackson.

Following her return from touring in early 2011, Ms. Williams started her own music business, YDW For Purpose Productions, providing instruction for both voice and multiple instruments, and she steadily performs as a bass player and vocalist. Ms. Williams states, "I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to live my life, fulfilling my dreams and aspirations through the world of music, as it brings happiness, love, and joy to the world."

The Howland Cultural Center’s Gospel Café programs feature gospel jazz and reggae in a coffeehouse setting, making it a unique experience for both the groups who perform there as well as the audiences who attend this monthly Saturday evening event. The Center’s very fine acoustics and warm, inviting ambiance makes for an evening of music and song unparalleled in this Hudson Valley region. The word is that people enjoy spending a few hours listening to this informal approach to light gospel music. And the Howland Cultural Center’s fondest expectation of bringing people together and building multicultural understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity is realized each and every month at the Gospel Café.

The program starts at 7:00 PM; tickets available at the door, refreshments are always available. For further information and/or directions, please call Lyna Pritchett at (845) 453-0884 or the Howland Cultural Center at (845) 831-4988.

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