After Conquering the Metropolitan Room and Iridium, BILLIE WILLIAMS To Stage Concert at Joe's Pub, 5/25

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After Conquering the Metropolitan Room and Iridium, BILLIE WILLIAMS To Stage Concert at Joe's Pub, 5/25

After her passionate, pulsating and highly praised Spring 2013 show The Sound of Blue, at Iridium Jazz Club, a prominent cabaret critic called Billie Williams, "An emotionally resonant vocalist . . . pithy, powerful, and sure of the terrain. She GIVES a performance."

Now a year later--on May 25 at 7:30 pm--Billie Williams makes her debut at New York City's Joe's Pub in a show celebrating the release of her new original single Lonely Night in Harlem, a song inspired by life in her long-time Harlem neighborhood. Billie's concert will also feature other new original songs and she'll be supported by an amazing group of seasoned Blues and R&B professionals, including Stew Cutler: guitar; Double-Z: bass; Tony Allen: drums; Ron Thompson: keyboards; Birch Johnson: trombone; Charlie Lagond: sax; and Marty Bound: trumpet. Billie can't wait to take the stage with her band for this new show. "After working hard in the studio during the past year," she says, "it means so much to me to be able to debut my original songs at such a wonderful venue like Joe's Pub and to share them with fans."

Billie Williams is a native of the Boston area where, at age 16, she co-founded the country swing band Columbus East. She went on to sing with the rock band Mezz and 8-piece R&B band City Edition. During her years with City Edition she shared the stage with R&B legends Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave. The Boston Globe called Billie's performance with City Edition "Riveting . . . she sang of joy and heartache with equal conviction."

When Billie arrived in New York City, she landed a gig as lead vocalist with the blues band The Lenny Nelson Project. After a performing and recording hiatus to raise her daughter, Billie returned to performing in 2009 with the show Sentimental Journeys, appearing with actress/singer Jean Tafler and vocalist Tracy Toler. Billie continued developing her rich repertoire that includes blues, rock, soul, jazz, and popular songs from the Great American Songbook, and in 2012 she launched her debut solo cabaret show, Fade to Blues, at The Metropolitan Room. Billie's performance, which included songs made famous by singers such as Peggy Lee and Etta James, earned her a BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Award nomination for "Best Female Debut Artist."

For tickets to Billie Williams in Concert at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street (May 25 at 7:30 pm), go to: http://joespub.publictheater.org/en/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/Billie-Williams/?SiteTheme=JoesPub

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Stephen Hanks During more than 30 years as a magazine editor/writer, website writer, and book author for a variety of national magazines and websites, Stephen Hanks has written about sports, health and nutrition, parenting, politics, the media, and most recently, musical theater, and cabaret. While by day, Stephen is the Advertising Sales Director for Habitat Magazine (a publication covering life in New York Metro area co-ops and condos), by night he writes reviews and columns about New York City cabaret for BroadwayWorld.com. Stephen also writes feature stories about cabaret for Cabaret Scenes Magazine and CabaretScenes.org. He is also the Board President of Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, which workshops new musicals in New York City, and he is the founder, producer and director of the Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp, which is a workshop for amateur performers that rehearses and presents staged readings of classic Broadway Musicals. In 2011, Stephen was an Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway show THE FARTISTE. Stephen most recently staged his debut solo cabaret show, "Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook" at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Please contact Stephen with your comments and questions at: stephenhanks41@gmail.com