Vocalist April Hall, a Florida native, grew up with her roots steeped in southern tradition, music and culture. April's family is a long line of cattlemen, land surveyors and nature guides. Growing up with traditional southern gospel and country music in her ears, April has created a sound that is at once pure, gutsy, and full of passion.
Singing was a part of everyday life and it was clear to her at a very young age (her first paid gig was at the age of 10) that the love of music would last a lifetime. After graduating from FSU, she decided to move to Boston and attend Berklee College of Music. Upon graduating, she set off to pursue her craft as a Singer-Songwriter. April, now a Boston-based musician has been working as a professional singer in the New England area for 10 years. In addition to performing with The Harry Fix Trio, you may know her for her work as lead singer for Boston's premier R&B band Soul Kitchen, but she has stepped into her own with her debut CD, "Something Like That".
In past years April has done projects with Atlantic Records for the likes of Melissa Manchester and Bette Midler and appeared on stage with artists such as Livingston Taylor, Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Franky Avalon and country stars Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius. April has recently been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series presented by WERS as well as on Boston's Premier Folk Radio "The Coffeehouse".
April's group features her original music which is a soulful mix of folk, blues and country. Her sound is distinctly acoustic, using upright bass, percussion and acoustic guitar, with the occasional horn solo.
April is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a recipient of the prestigious Louis Armstrong Performance award. She currently teaches a Jazz Vocal Ensemble at Brandeis University and works throughout New England.
Named "Best Jazz Vocalist" in Boston Magazines' 1997 "Best of Boston" awards, the talent and versatility of Patrice Williamson cannot be overstated - accomplished musician and composer, veteran of numerous clubs and festivals, graduate of the University of Tennessee and the New England Conservatory.
Patrice left her native Memphis in 1992 to pursue jazz studies at the New England Conservatory with award-winning RCA Victor recording artist Dominique Eade. When NEC offered her a place in the prestigious Artist Diploma program in 1994, she accepted - on the condition that she first be allowed to complete a scheduled four-month engagement at Somerset's Bar of the Westin Hotel in Singapore, that country's premier jazz venue. A string of successful appearances soon followed, including The Regattabar, the Gardner Museum's "Jazz at the Gardner" series, the IDB Cultural Center's Concert Series in Washington, D. C., the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Jordan Hall at NEC, and Symphony Hall, Boston.
A classically trained violinist beginning at age 4 and flautist at age 11, as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee, Patrice was principle flautist for both the Opera and Symphony Orchestra. It wasn't until the conductor of the UT Studio Jazz Orchestra overheard her singing during a rehearsal break, and immediately offered her a solo, that she considered singing as a possible career. Her reception was so positive that she headed for Boston to focus full-time on her voice.
In addition to her dates with the Harry Fix Trio and Quartet, Patrice tours regularly with her own band "The Patrice Williamson Group" throughout the United States and Asia and can be heard locally at the Regattabar and the Good Life in Cambridge, MA.