Porgy and Bess actress (who plays Mariah), Natasha Yvette Williams stops by Ms. Drama’s show for an exclusive interview on her music, her work on Porgy and Bess and her insight on dealing with the music industry.
Natasha is psalmist, songwriter, and actress whose spiritual connection, versatility and musical style make her an undeniable force within the entertainment community.
Full interview below:
00:00 Ms Drama Intro
01:52 Twisted – NaTasha Yvette Williams
05:40 Dominion – NaTasha Yvette Williams
09:19 Ms Drama & NaTasha Yvette Williams
27:31 Once Again – NaTasha Yvette Williams
31:21 Speak Low – NaTasha Yvette Williams
34:28 Ms Drama & NaTasha Yvette Williams
50:03 Straighten Up And Fly Right – NaTasha Yvette Williams
51:46 Ms Drama & NaTasha Yvette Williams
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More on NaTasha Yvette Williams:
NaTasha Yvette Williams began singing at age three in the Tiny-tot choir at her home church Shiloh United Church of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Even then everyone could see God’s hand upon her.. At the tender age of five she decided she would be a singer and a doctor. She wanted to heal people with her voice and her hands. Today God is allowing her to do just that….Touching people’s lives by singing her heart out before churches, theatrical audiences and conferences.
Currently NaTasha can be found Performing as Mariah in PORGY & BESS. NaTasha’s knows this is a devine appointment and simply marvels at how God keeps doing great things.??One of the most recent Great things that he has done for NaTasha Yvette Williams was allowing her to win the first annual Kraft Foods New Voices of Gospel Talent Search held in New Orleans. Through this contest she has been featured in Essence Magazine several times. She won the grand prize of $25,000 and a coveted audition with Sony Music. “The day after I won I was thrilled to sing just before CeCe Winans at the convention Center during the Essence Music Festival. Two days after the contest still ministering I also sang between Tyreese and LLCOOLJ at the Superdome in New Orleans. It was truly a blessing, people who came to see one type of show got to hear about my Jesus.”
Prior to the contest NaTasha Yvette Williams toured the country in several theatrical plays. One of her favorites was playing the incomparable Mahalia Jackson in the Mahalia Story to audience around the nation. She has play Grace, the stepsister in the Broadway Series production of Cinderella, starring Eartha Kitt. Cities all across the country saw her share the stage with Cathy Rigby in Suessical the Musical. She has played leading roles and given musical performance in such productions as The Goodbye Girl, Ain’t Misbehavin, Joseph and Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Boesman and Lena. Her television and movie credits include several appearances on One Life to Live, Studio 54, and Trippin.
She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University. She majored in Math and Theater Arts and after graduating magna cum laude, she continued her studies in acting and completed her Masters of Fine arts at Michigan State University.
NaTasha Yvette Williams is truly a woman of artistic brilliance whose relationship with God has gifted her with the beautiful combination of sound theater education, strong music and drama experience, sensational stage presence and a delightful personality which lifts her to a level of performing excellence that always gets noticed. “More than anything please Know that I love God. I have a personal and abiding faith in Him. There is a call on all of us to praise Him. I must be found fulfilling my destined purpose. As long as He allows me I will bless Him with all that Have!!” NaTasha Yvette Williams shared.
Blessing His Name is what she has been busy doing. Her gospel music has taken her to Japan, Italy, Canada and the Virgin Islands. NaTasha Yvette Williams, who is the daughter of a United Church of Christ minister, has a four octave vocal range. Whether she is singing Gospel music, performing on the stage at the Apollo (4 time Winner), gracing the Broadway Stage, or anywhere in between she will be giving him honor and Praise.