Doris Williams has been singing since she was very young, starting at two with good old Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. She started piano lessons at 5 and voice at 14, and continued piano until college. While still a teenager Doris fell in love with early music. While attending Oakland University in Michigan her parents gave her a lute for a birthday present. She graduated from Oakland University in Michigan with a B.M. in Early Music, then went on to Stanford to get her M.A. degree in Vocal Early Music.
Doris has enjoyed the musical scene of the Bay Area since 1988, performing with professional chamber choirs, teaching private piano, choir, and voice, and performing as a soloist in church, recital hall, and many other venues, including local and regional Celtic Faires and Renaissance Faires. Doris accompanies herself on an 8-course lute, and also plays tin whistle, bodhran, and recorder. She is currently active singing Celtic, Renaissance, American, Jazz, Spiritual Healing Music, and Originals, accompanying herself on the lute. Doris has now moved to Michigan to live with her fiance, Jim, and is forging new beginnings as a performer, while still going to California for tours.
Visit her youtube channel lutes and flutes. She has produced four albums: Celtic and Beyond, with Renaissance, Celtic, and Originals, “Renaissance and Beyond” , a live concert of Renaissance Music, “Sleep My Child” an early recording of her singing lullabies from around the world, and “The Singing Bird”, live concerts of her performing with many of her musician friends in the Bay Area. Now she has moved to Michigan to live with her fiance Jim, and is forging ahead with performing as usual!
Press Review of Renaissance & Beyond: A review in Folknik, San Francisco Music Club organization. Article written by John Kelly:
You don’t have to be an early music aficionado to enjoy this recording. Doris starts boldly with 16th century songwriter Claudin de Sermisy’s “Tant que vivray”. The first stanza is sparsely arranged, just voice and lute; then the second stanza adds another lute and recorder.
Doris’ voice is rich and buttery, with a dark quality rarely heard in sopranos. The most original track is “Like the nun who sings to none” with a melody by Doug Young, south bay jazz guitarist, and lyrics by Doris’ mother, Margaret Ann Sayres. A Welsh folk song, “Adar Man” provides a meditative transition to the spirited conclusion, Rory Cooney’s “Canticle of the Turning”.
Doris kicks it along and brings out its joy, hope, and wonder. Renaissance and Beyond is a good recording if you’d like to hear the roots of today’s song genres – or if you simply enjoy beautiful singing and playing. The Singing Angel, as it says on the CDA Cover.
This song is a comforting song for me called Tribes, inspired by a friend named Tex who wrote the words for me. I am paying it forward for all of you to be comforted and inspired to create something and pay it forward to someone else. To make a better place for people everywhere with music, love, peace and harmony.