Hailing from Nashville, but nothing like your typical Nashville songwriter, Christopher Williams is a songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer – offering songs that are honest and confessional, yet never over bearing; and performances that engage audiences with an appealing mix of intense passion and humor.
With “lush guitar work, and sweet soaring vocals,” (Boston Phoenix) punctuated by the percussive vulnerability of a single African djembe hand drum and that strong baritone voice, Williams continues to be a “hard-touring singer-songwriter and a master at spreading his personal energy out into a live audience.” (Madison Isthmus) Touring nonstop nationally for the last twenty-one years at a pace of more than 110 shows a year, Williams has built a faithful following of listeners around the country and is a true independent artist, releasing eleven records on his own label.
With the release of his new full length studio album, GATHER, Williams has written a brilliant batch of new songs that speak directly into the chaotic times we find ourselves in and the need to slow down, remember the value of face to face conversation and the importance of community in pushing back on an ever pervading fear. GATHER is a beautiful collection of songs that creates a welcoming space that continues to grow as you dive deeper into the album.
The Promise Is Hope
“A match made in heaven” may be fanciful, but the blended musicality of Ashley and Eric L’Esperance comes close to validating this old saying.
The pair first felt the electricity of their undeniable chemistry at an impromptu song swap. A year and a half later they were married and released their debut album Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going. Jessica Phaneuf, MVY Radio, said “I listen to A LOT of music, and this [album] would be at the top of the pile” and Sound of Boston said the set “offers something for romantics and realists alike.” In the years following this release, The Promise is Hope began to earn their place among New England’s finest emerging acts, with a live performance that is often described as beautifully moving, inspired, and connected. They were invited to perform at Club Passim’s 2016 & 2018 Campfire Festival, the 2017 Connecticut Folk Festival; and have shared the stage with renowned folk artists such as Amy Speace, Antje Duvekot, Parsonfield, The Mallet Brothers, and Gaelynn Lea among many others.
After an album release show at the historic Club Passim on June 10th, the L’Esperances will be performing select shows around New England and the mid-Atlantic in promotion of the new record.