Aziza, vocals & keyboards
Other musicians, TBA
Ten years ago, Linda Williams, best known in music circles for her five-and-a-half years playing and conducting for Natalie Cole, had an epiphany: it was time for a change - time for a new name, a new direction, and a new life.
Aziza - the performer, the composer/lyricist, the complete artist - was born. The name comes from The Book of African Names, but the music and the lyrics come straight from the heart. The name Aziza means “beloved and powerful," and the songwriting means that a brand new career has begun and is flourishing for this lady of many talents.
After her Hollywood period, in which she composed the melody for Miss Cole’s “La Costa," a contemporary standard, then wrote and recorded City Living, her debut album on Clive Davis’s Arista Records, Aziza turned to the daunting task of raising her son Brandon. Returning to Brooklyn and her old teaching job at the Esther Clark Hunter JHS 263, she spent years shaping her young man’s life until he graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree from USC and became Lt. Brandon Miller, a pilot in the US Navy.
Having moved on in her teaching career to become a professor at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, where she taught Alicia Keys, among others, Aziza finally decided it was her time. She describes those early days after her epiphany as profuse writing and composing orgies, as she scribbled poem after poem into her massive notebook collection. Tune after tune danced out of her head, through her fingers, and onto the keyboard of her piano - song after song, written, demoed and put away for her second coming. She knew not what the future held, but she knew it would be abundant.
A hopeless romantic, Aziza, in song after song, reflects on the trials and tribulations of modern romance and dating. Watching her audience members nod their heads in agreement as she weaves her way through the types of relationships that exist today, one gets the sense that she is speaking for them, saying the things they think all the time but can’t really express. Slowly, she is becoming their voice, their spokesperson in a world that doesn't always make sense. Her audience knows she makes sense to them.
Aziza will now blaze her own trail. With a recording date for a new CD around the corner and a full slate of prime-location appearances on her calendar, the future is bright and full of promise. Night after night, she is conquering audiences with her brilliant songs and charming personality, while holding fast to the humility learned in her early life.
Aziza is a winner. You can bet on it.
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