Marlon Williams

Biography

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New Zealand’s Marlon Williams has quite simply got one of the most extraordinary, effortlessly distinctive voices of his generation. An otherworldly instrument with an affecting vibrato, it’s a voice that’s earned repeated comparisons to the great Roy Orbison, and even briefly had Williams, in his youth, consider a career in classical singing, before realizing his temperament was more Stratocaster than Stradivarius. '

But it’s the art of songwriting that has bedeviled the artist, and into which he grew exponentially on his acclaimed second album, Make Way For Love. The album was Williams' first entirely original record, and it received universal plaudits for it's raw, sophisticated and timeless songwriting, and saw Williams pick up New Zealand's highest honours of the Silver Scroll Award for Song of the Year and NZ Music Award for Album of the Year.

Released in February 2018, Make Way For Love followed Williams international breakout debut record, released on US label Dead Oceans, which lead to sold out international tours, performances on Conan and Later with Jools Holland, festival performances at Austin City Limits, Latitude, Spendour in The Grass and Falls Festival, and supports with Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Iron & Wine, Brandi Carlile and Florence + The Machine.

Williams has continued to build a loyal global following since, and has branched out to acting with an appearance in A Star Is Born, True History of The Kelly Gang and another film still to be released.

He released a live album in February 2019, capturing his Make Way For Love tour show from a sold out Auckland Town Hall, and showcasing a songcraft and stagecraft that is fully realised, and an artist whose career is really on getting started.