Susana Williams is a producer, composer, singer, musician and performer. She is based out of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia where she lives with her darling wife, two boston terriers and fluffy ginger cat.
Her musical career began in Caracas, Venezuela at the age of 13 when a professional band began rehearsing in her apartment building’s basement. The group of musicians let her sing one day for a laugh – only to hire her on the spot.
From there she began singing everything from folk music to rock while writing her own music and learning to play drums, congas and guitar.
By the time she was 15, Susana had won best singer at The Festival of New Music in Caracas, earned a scholarship at the Roland Learning Centre of Music and was playing four nights a week at local nightclubs.
By 22 she was one of the hottest acts in the Caracas nightlife, where people lined up around the block to watch her perform her unique mix of Latin, Anglo pop and rock.
In the meantime she did back up vocals for famous Latin singers like Venezuelan artists Frank Quintero and Kiara and collaborated with Pedro Castillo when she was Signed by Airo Music.
In 1998 Susana left Venezuela and immigrated to Canada. She has since released “Latin Roots” (2004), and “Dejame Contarte” (EP, July 2020). Her new solo album “We’re a Memory” (2021) was released on June 21,2021.
She started writing music as a child. She wrote a song to her grandmother at the age of 6. Her first "serious" composition was at the age of 13. She wrote this song using a small Yamaha keyboard in her bedroom back home. "Perdona" was the first song that she ever wrote that made it to her first solo album.
As a vocalist and percussionist, Susana's Vancouver credits include several Vancouver International Jazz Festivals, the Victoria Jazz Festival, and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
She has shared the stage with internationally award-winning artists Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Johnny Rivera, Adonis Puente and Alex Cuba.
She can be regularly seen performing in and around Vancouver with the largest Latin-Jazz music orchestra in western Canada, Goma Dura, and as a solo artist. She is the new lead singer for Rumba Calzada.
Susana started her producing career in 2004 when she co-produced and released her first solo album Latin Roots. Since COVID she dove into producing and engineering her own music. She also started to produce other artists. She produced Mariel Yglesia's first EP released November 2021.
She started writing music for film and tv when she produced a short documentary called "Muy Queer" back in 2003. She is a film and TV composer for Melodie, Australia.
In collaboration with cinematographer Peter Lee, she produced and directed the short film "Dreaming" 2020.
She is also the Musical Director of “Raices y Alas Flamenco” the avant-garde experimental flamenco dance company based in Vancouver, BC.