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Stone Mountain Songwriter Making Music from the Heart

CD showcases Williams' rich voice and life stories.

Stone Mountain resident Lisa Williams picked up the guitar when she was 9 years old and taught herself how to play. About the same time her dad, who served in the Vietnam War, was listening to his collection of popular music from the 60s and early 70s on a reel-to-reel tape player.

“I loved that music — Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, Crosby Stills Nash & Young,” said Williams. “There was so much great storytelling.”

Williams, an Army brat, was born in New Jersey and lived with her parents, three brothers and one sister, all over — Virginia, Texas, California, Germany and now Atlanta. Her dad retired a full colonel from the army and her mom worked as a nurse. The family traveled from base to base and had to leave friends behind.

But the guitar is something she didn’t have to leave behind. “You can pick up and take it with you and play it anywhere,” said Williams, who can sometimes be spotted around town, guitar in hand, composing a song.

In a recent YouTube Video Williams recalled how much she loved playing her guitar. At Christmas time she and her sister would sneak into her parents’ bedroom and unwrap their presents hidden under the bed. “My sister would try on her new clothes — I would take the guitar out of the box and play it, then wrap it back up and stick it under the bed.” 

Williams, who’s been recording acoustic, folk and pop music since 2000 and playing showcases on the east coast, recently released “Seeds of Paper,” her third CD. She writes her own lyrics and delivers them in a deep, voice rich with emotion.

In a screening of the album’s title track, Peter Davis, a music coordinator for Bunim/Murray Productions -- a company that produces shows for MTV -- wrote Lisa has a “unique and powerful voice reminiscent of Tracy Chapman.”  Davis also gave her high marks for her songwriting ability in both lyrics and music. “Her music is engaging and complex with a very familiar feeling.”

Williams bases her songs on what has happened to her in her life or what she observes going on around her.

“Song writing is a process. You look around, see what’s happening and write about it," she said. "It may be someone you notice who’s having a hard time. I want to share my stories.”

Seeds of Paper is available on Itunes, Amazon mp3, Zine, Napster and Rhapsody. To listen visit: http://youtu.be/Z1gPuzllCN8.

Sue Gray May 19, 2011 at 02:01 PM
I have followed Lisa Williams music for the last decade and seen her evolve more and more every time I hear her. She is passionate, heart-felt and delivers a thought-provoking story in every things she performs. I highly recommend taking an opportunity to go see her live. She's an incredibly warm and special soul and you will leave the experience feeling you've met a new friend!
Negonyah May 19, 2011 at 07:29 PM
I met Lisa @ my favorite spot (starbucks) in Stone Mountain last year. I didn't know she was an artist until after we talked for about 20/30 minutes. She has a "cool vibe way" with people similar to myself so we immediately connected. She gave me one of her CD's and I listened on the way home and I said to myself "man she sounds like Tracy Chapman". I liked the vibe and style and easiness of her music. I'm a big fan of hers as she's opened me up to a whole new genre of music. I think you should get a copy of her CD its really good. She also has a mobile vip list to update you on where she's performing at and other cool stuff that she sends out. You can join her mobile club for free just text SEEDSOFPAPER to 90210. I also follow her on twitter too. BTW if you ever get the chance to meet her in person, you'll think she was your long lost sister...that's how down to earth she is. Good job on the write up Patch! Peace & Bless
Tom McKnight May 19, 2011 at 09:17 PM
I use to work with Lisa. I have listened to her music from CD # 1 and I love it. I can remember when she played at our County Fair for my oldest daughter Taylor, it was awesome. She sings and writes from the heart, and that is what makes her so speacial. I love her and her music. Tom McKnight
Gideon Baugher May 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM
I'm so proud of lisa and love to see her out in the media. Lisa and I are very close (she knew me while I was still in my mothers belly), she has been a mother/sister/aunt/best friend to me for as long as I can remember. She has always been there for me and I know that she always will be. Lisa is a very personable and caring person. However, she does not put up with bullshit/fake people and is very straight forward (a characteristic i love about her). This is also true with her music. Lisa's music is more like a book than an album. listening to each song is like reading a chapter of an autobiography. It almost seems as if you can get to know the story of her life through her music and yet at the same time you can identify with the lyrics regardless of where you are in your path of life due to her song lyrics being ambiguous and yet personal simultaneously. Lisa's music is very deep and comes from the heart. While her voice is reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, (she very much dislikes being compared to Tracy Chapman) Lisa's music is her own and has evolved over time. Personally I think that her new album, "Seeds of paper", is her best yet. Rather than covering one subject the album covers a period that spans over a decade of her life. great job on the article Theresa! and great pic from Jack Gaston! -Gideon
Theresa Waldrop May 19, 2011 at 11:11 PM
I'm a new fan. I've been listening to the youtube video while writing and editing. Very soothing. Lisa's style reminds me more of Joan Armatrading than Tracy Chapman, but it's still very much Lisa's own style and voice, I think. I need to buy the CD!

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