The daughter of a musically gifted minister, Hannah Williams AKA Deep Soul’s Funkiest New Diva was immersed in soulful music from the day she was born. Her first single, an independently released 45 on Mondegreen Records, reached out into the soul scene and drew praise from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Craig Charles on his BBC radio show and various labels and promoters. Within weeks of the DIY vinyl release, the London based 9-piece were snapped up by Italy’s renowned Record Kicks label. Whilst recording the anticipated debut LP, out October 15th, the outfit have made several trips to Europe to headline festivals and have wowed domestic audiences with a mainstage performance at Shambala and two consecutive headlines at Larmer Tree’s second stage.
Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers have become increasingly dominant in the domestic club scene; a highlight was their headline at the legendary 100club and a headline at Manchester’s Band On The Wall for the Craig Charles clubnight. They have become the go-to band for supporting big name acts like soul frontrunners Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley as well as hip hop legends like AfrikaBambaataa& The Sugar Hill Gang; a testament to the modern influence that goes into their groove making. In fact, the band often collaborate live with MC’s who are drawn in by the band’s instrumental work. A tour in May helped convert the band’s studio tightness into a blistering live show. The first single and video from the debut album is out on September 10th with a launch party on the 12th @ London’s Floripa venue. The LP, titled “A Hill of Feathers” will be out on Record Kicks on October 15th 2012 with an extensive tour booked in October and November.