*Celebrating over 25 years in music and entertainment, multi-genre songtress Alyson Williams releases her first Christmas single, “Happy Holiday” and her first recording in ten years. Written by Williams and produced with longtime collaborator Herb Middleton, the single also features acclaimed saxophonist Dean James.
“I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas album, but was never able to record it,” says Williams.
“With all the acrimony, vitriol, and hateful messaging during this Election season, we decided to release a single for the holiday and follow-up with an album next year,” explains Williams.
She was inspired to write “Happy Holiday” on Election Night, Tuesday, November 8th. “After an extremely rough night of watching and waiting with the rest of the world, I realized that before I dozed off to sleep I had to compose a song,” says Williams. During that night, she heard the gentle voice of her mentor, Dr. Maya Angelou saying ‘Baby, use your words, find my words,’ which prompted her to use excerpts of Dr. Maya Angelou’s poem, ‘Amazing Peace’ in the spoken word portion of ‘Happy Holiday.’
“When I looked closely at the lyrics, I realized that I had written a song that had all of the makings of a modern day holiday classic.”
With “Happy Holiday,” Williams’ R&B and jazzy vocals reflect the traditional sounds of a Christmas classic: Gathered round the table family is everything/Jingle bells familiar smells all the things the season brings/Shiny lights red, green, blue and white Moma’s sweet potato pie/These are the things the holiday brings, things that make your spirit sing.
“In a world full of turmoil and strife, true beauty will always find a way to rise above and show us a ray of hope,” Williams continues. “We must all spread love throughout this holiday season and beyond and continue to be inspired. What the world needs now is love, peace, and understanding. I feel doubly blessed to be able to see the creative process work in real time.”
Take a Listen: “Happy Holiday”