Hailing from Little Rock, AR, currently residing in Richmond, VA, singer, songwriter and musician Lydell Williams is on the rise to establish himself in the music industry with a sound reminiscent of prominent fixtures in Neo-Soul such as D’Angelo, Bilal, John Legend, Dwele, Musiq Soulchild and Raheem DeVaughn. Lydell Williams new album, The Sound of My Melodies, is available online everywhere music is purchased.
Terrance - Tell us who were your greatest musical influences growing up.
Lydell Williams - My musical influences growing up were a wide range of music like Maze, Earth Wind and Fire, The Gap Band, The Isley Brothers, James Brown, Al Green, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Womack, Lee Williams, Ray Charles, Teddy P, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Mahalia Jackson, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Sade, 90's R&B like D'Angelo, Erkyah Badu, Jill Scott, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild.
Terrance - As a songwriter where do you draw inspiration from?
Lydell Williams - Love, Life, Romance and Relationships.
Terrance - What’s the key quality that makes an artist great?
Lydell Williams - Originality, Authenticity, staying true to one's self and amazing experience of a performance.
Terrance - You released your debut EP, The Sound, in 2008 how have you evolved from then to now as a musician?
Lydell Williams - I believe that I've grown tremendously in my sound, my quality and artistry.
Terrance - What was the recording process like for your new album, The Sound of My Melodies?
Lydell Williams - The recording process was a true journey in my growth, a well needed learning experience. It taught me to balance. It brought me to a place of hope and love again. It brought me to write and sing from different places. It brought me The Sound of My Melodies.
Terrance - Talk to us about your latest single “Don’t Go Looking for Love” and what inspired it.
Lydell Williams - “Don’t Go Looking for Love” was inspired by my quest of studying “love” and its origin and what it really means. What is love? The many types of love. Where does it come from? Where should you start looking for it? What kind of love should you be looking for? These questions of curiosity drove this song through the roof with a rich sound filled with melodies, solid lyrics and jewels to share with a beautiful message that resonates with everyone.
Terrance - If you could choose one song from The Sound of My Melodies album everyone should hear what would it be and why.
Lydell Williams - My most personal song from The Sound of My Melodies would be, Don't Go Looking for Love. I believe it represents my life and album as well as the message and inspiration and substance I want to give a share with music lovers around the globe.
Terrance - What are your thoughts on R&B and where it’s going in 2016?
Lydell Williams - Honestly I believe there's a major need for more great R&B music in 2016. I also believe that this is the year of the R&B takeover. A lot of the legends are returning to the music industry.
Terrance - How effective is social media to your brand of artistry?
Lydell Williams - Social media is the reason my brand, my music and artistry is available and accessible to touch so many music lovers around the globe, so I'll say it’s a major asset to the industry as well the independent artist like myself.
Terrance - Recording Vs. Performing: Which do you ultimately prefer?
Lydell Williams - I'm a lover of the art, so I love both. But If I had to choose one to do everyday ultimately it would be recording because I'm a very creative individual with so much to give and live and say.
Terrance - With added songwriting and producing to your credentials, are there any artists on your wishlist you would like to collaborate with?
Lydell Williams - The legendary The Roots, D'Angelo, Common, Jill Scott, Maroon 5, Erkyah Badu, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, John Legend, Raheem Devaughn.
Terrance - Are there any other ventures in Entertainment you’re pursuing or would like to?
Lydell Williams - I have an extreme love for the arts. So fashion, an abstract art Line, and acting I would like to pursue.
Terrance - What advice would you give other rising artists who aspire to do what you do?
Lydell Williams - Well my advice to other rising artists who aspire to do what I do would be learn the business extremely well. Stay true and authentic to yourselves, work extremely hard, learn and love your craft, know that to whom much is given much is required, and nothing comes easy. Stay grounded and keep a prayer in life because you’re gonna need it.
Terrance - Are there any upcoming dates and cities you will perform?
Lydell Williams - Upcoming cities and tour dates will be available soon. Stay connected at www.lydellwilliamsmusic.com for my monthly newsletter, new music, videos and more.
Terrance - Where can our readers find you in social media?
Lydell Williams - Twitter : https://twitter.com/LydellWilliams, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lydell.williams, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thernbsoulman, Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lydell-williams, www.lydellwilliamsmusic.com
Terrance - Lastly, what is it you would like people to take from their listening experience from Lydell Williams?
Lydell Williams - I want prove that music can move you, your mind, body, and soul. A new brand of Neo-Soul, a new sound in your ears. I believe my music is different in that the pure un-confused expression of joy, truth and honest emotion that can be extraordinarily gratifying and inspiring. I'd like people to experience my story, my sound. Back to the roots of R&B and Neo-Soul filled with substance, raw feelings, and emotions conveyed by life experiences with potent lyrics and live instrumentation, full of passion. Motivated to create a legacy and sound of my own.
Heartbeat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBzNF0HddR0Don’t Go Looking for Love - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IdHVNkfUp8