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Norwood

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NY

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US

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An internationally award winning writing team. Old as gold and just as solid! In several coveted reviews, Laurie has been referred to as a female Leonard Cohen.

Laurie and Rick write very eclectic music. Their unique sound
brings high level emotion to what ever style of music they do. Rick is known best for
his haunting and beautiful compositions and Laurie is most noted for her
cut-to-the-heart poetic lyrics. She is heavily influenced by the political and poetic songwriters of the 60’s, such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and their ilk. She is a recognized poet and lyricist.
Laurie pursued studies both nationally and internationally in musical theater and
opera. She holds degrees in theatre, Music and English from the
University of Denver and wrote her first song in the first grade. She has won
nationally acclaimed awards (i.e., Rod Serling Writer’s Competition, New
Writer’s Award, Trailblazers Literary magazine) for her creative writing and was honored by having their song, “Between Iraq and a Hard Place” written up and played during ‘PEACE WEEK’ at the University of Denver, Laurie’s alma mater. During that week, every living recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize was in residence for a conference and it was indeed a humbling honor.

She found her true niche in lyrical composition
collaborating with her husband Rick.
Artist – Short Description:
We are award winning songwriters who write very ecclectic stuff from old timy country to instrumental movie scoring. We write children’s songs (‘Ava’s Lullaby’ has been selected to be reviewed by a good music mag) to jazz and blues. Rick is a composer currently working on a Requiem with full orchestration for 4 choral parts. He is an award winning composer.
Laurie is a former opera singer and journalist turned lyricist and music critic after her voice was wiped out in a terrible car accident.
Rick was on the road for years in the Gospel circuit with his family, then did the “Fair Circuit”, lounge lizzard circuit, met Laurie and got a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. So who is the CRAZY one here??? He is the “singing shrink” and does the music and arranging. He also has a fabulous voice – but has given up his days on the road except for a bluegrass weekend every now and then during the summer

Rick started singing in his family’s musical gospel group when he
was 9-years old, and “The Williams Family” performed in church, radio and
television venues. The family expanded into popular music and frequently
appeared as the opening act for stars on the Fair circuit. Rick started
writing music in his early teens and has become known for the distinctively
haunting and melodic quality of his work. Rick put himself through college
working as a musician at night while he obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. We have awards, publications, compilations, reviews and international airplay out the wazoo…..good for us!!
http://www.du.edu/today/stories/2006-09-07-williams.html

(His friends affectionately call him “the singing shrink.”)
While living in Arizona, they were member of the Arizona Songwriters
Association and showcased music on a regular basis. Rick has received several
songwriting awards, including a second place and two Honorable mentions, in the
American Songwriter’s Contest They are members of an international songwriter’s
group “Imaginotions” and through this group, have collaborated with songwriters and
artists all over the world. Their latest endeavor was to contribute 2 songs to
“Children In Need”and “Children For a Better World” in the UK. They are the equivalent of our country’s largest
telethons. British recording artist, James Martyn sang their songs over the BBC
and at many live performances sponsored by the BBC. The event was enormously
successful and the proceeds from the fundraiser brought their name as
songwriters to the attention of the BBC. Their music is now being played in the
UK and on Radio stations in Belgium. They also were commissioned by the Arizona,
Phoenix Children’s Hospital “Emily Foundation” to write a song for their annual
fundraiser. The song, “It’s Magical” helped the foundation raise thousands of
dollars.

Laurie and Rick have been busy in many collaborative efforts and just
finished contributing a song that will be on an accompanying CD for the book, “A
Primer for Us Working Souls”, by M. L. Stevens.
Laurie and Rick were chosen to serve on a panel of judges for 2 very prestigious US based songwriting contest this year.
Their lullaby, ‘Ava’s Lullaby’ has been in the number 1 and 2 spot for the past 6 months at Broadjam in the childrens catagory, and they have charted at the top with 4 more of their songs in country, folk, bluegrass and adult contemporary.

They are both members of ASCAP
and NSAI. For further information, visit their web site at
http://www.myspace.com/williamsandwilliams

Basics

First Name

Laurie & Rick

Last Name

Williams

Nickname

williams-and-williams