Thursday 25 July
JNR WILLIAMS19:00 - 22:00
Due to unforeseen circumstances June 12th date has been moved to July 25th. All tickets remain valid.
Coming from an artistically creative family where Jnr’s siblings were painters, graphic and fashion
designers alike, it was inevitable that he would find himself going down a similar path. Only for Jnr, he
always had a passion for voices and the ways in which they can tell a story. It was R&B that first caught
his ear, but through his grandmother he found jazz which began to intrigue him much further. His love for
simplicity is how he prefers the voice and the writing to do the work, “I love voices and how a tone can tell
a story,” he says. It’s also contemporary artists such as James Blake, Moses Sumney and The Weeknd
who have allowed Jnr to open up his imagination and shape his sound, combining his early jazz
influences with a contemporary feel.
Born and raised in east London, and coming from a Caribbean background, Jnr Williams studied music at
the British Academy of New Music. While it helped pay the bills, Jnr worked at a cinema not long after
leaving formal education, but in that time and ironically after he left music school, that’s when his artistry
began to develop. “I’m a quiet person and introverted so my music is very exposed. For me, the
environment I was in growing up and being a Black man where we’re told not to express emotion was
tough. The songs I write expose that and they don’t shy away from that expression,” he says. This is
something explored in his Iggy LDN directed video for ‘A Prayer’ which sees a father and son dance in
unison as a way of exposing suppressed emotion.
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