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Patrice Williamson

Some people are just born to music.

Patrice Williamson’s childhood home in Memphis, Tennessee was filled with music. Her late father, Webster Williamson, was an amateur singer, choir director, and pillar of the St. Stephen’s Baptist Church music ministry, and he introduced his children early on to both sacred music and the secular styles of legendary figures like Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Lena Horne. Encouraged by her mother, Lillie Rivers Williamson, Patrice followed in the footsteps of her elder sister Denise and began studying the violin, making her debut at age four in front of the St. Stephen’s congregation in a duet with her sister. From that moment on she was hooked on music, and in addition to her violin lessons, she began studying the piano at age seven and the flute at age eleven.

By her teens, Patrice was playing the flute quite seriously, and was involved in numerous high school orchestras and bands. However, when she enrolled at the University of Tennessee (UT), she decided to choose a “practical” major ?" communications. By her second year though, she realized that this was not where her heart lay, and she decided to change her major to Flute Performance. She was afraid to tell her family, but her mother very matter-of-factly replied, “Well, it’s about time. I didn’t know what you were doing in broadcasting when you’ve been in music your whole life!”

During this time she focused on classical music, and served as the principal flutist for both the UT opera and symphony orchestras. However, it was during a rehearsal break for the UT studio jazz orchestra, of which she was also a member, that one of those fateful moments occurred that can change one’s life: The conductor overheard her scatting with some fellow band members, and immediately gave her a solo in the next concert! Patrice had never considered a singing career until this moment, and the rest, as we say, is history. Encouraged by yet another UT faculty member, jazz pianist Donald Brown, she headed to the New England Conservatory for a Master’s Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance, where she worked with award-winning RCA recording artist Dominique Eade.

In Boston, Patrice hit the ground running: before she even finished her degree, she was weighing rival offers for a four-month engagement at Singapore’s premiere jazz venue, The Somerset's Bar, and a place in NEC’s prestigious Artist’s Diploma program. In the end, she managed to do both, widening her musical world even further.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Comes Love - A...

Self Produced
2017

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Free to Dream

River Lily
2002

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My Shining Hour

River Lily
2000

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My Shining Hour

River Lily
1999

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Comes Love

Tigerlily Records
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Comes Love

From: Comes Love
By Patrice Williamson

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