Heather Williams: Artists To Watch 2011

Heather Williams

Genre: Christian

Singer/songwriter Heather Williams describes her songs as "conversations" from her life. Williams grew up in poverty and suffered abuse-even being chained to a tree as punishment-before her mother gave her away when she was 11. Living with her grandfather, she became involved in drugs and alcohol. Then at 18, she reconnected with her birth father, began attending church and became a Christian. Williams signed with INO Records and released her debut EP in 2010, spawning the hit single "Hallelujah." Her full-length is due later this year. "My music, stylistically influenced everywhere from Ella Fitzgerald and Coldplay to Led Zeppelin, is an open look into my relationship with God," the Florida-based singer says. "Being a woman and a mom gives me a grounded view in my songwriting and toward my audience."

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