Described as “the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt”, Marlon Williams is a 2-time New Zealand Music Award winning singer-songwriter touted by Rhythms Magazine as the “Artist To Watch” in 2014.
Living up to the hype, Williams has been announced on Meredith, Queenscliff, Wave Rock and Mullumbimby Music Festivals, has official showcases at Big Sound and AWME, supported First Aid Kit in July and will support Justin Townes Earle in October, and sold out over half the dates on an epic 27-date single release tour in July/August. He has also featured on national TV for SBS’ Rockwiz show and was invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House for TEDx Sydney in April. Williams is due to release his debut solo album in February 2015.
Background Williams first came to recognition in New Zealand at only 17, fronting acclaimed alt-country band The Unfaithful Ways. They supported Justin Townes Earle and Band of Horses, featured on an internationally released Townes Van Zandt compilation and were nominated for the Critics Choice award at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards. Showing a willingness to push boundaries, Williams then joined Delaney Davidson for a series of duet albums titled “Sad But True – The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting”, winning the New Zealand Country Album and Country Song of the Year in 2013. Relocating to Melbourne in July 2013, Williams built a word of mouth following performing a 2-month residency at the Yarra Hotel and supporting the likes of Robert Ellis (US), Jordie Lane and Wagons. This culminated in packing out the Toff In Town for the release of his physical only, ‘Live at La Niche’ album.
DISCOGRAPHY 2011 – Free Rein by The Unfaithful Ways 2012 – Sad But True Vol 1 by Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams 2013 – Sad But True Vol 3 by Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams 2014 – Strange Things (Single) – Marlon Williams