Singer / Songwriter /Composer / Bassist / Entertainer
CUTTIE WILLIAMS may very well be one of the British music industry’s great unknown secret.
Name a superstar of repute, any superstar of repute and the chances are that they will have heard of Cuttie Williams.
However, members of the general public who are in on this confidential information are relatively far and few between; not withstanding the fact that Cuttie has been performing (superbly) onstage, in clubs, at corporate functions, for many members of Europe’s royal families and confounding the previously uninitiated for almost four decades suggests that there may be greater treasures that the initiates of the corporate world and the monarchy have access to than we surmised.
Hopefully, this website will help you uncover one of the great mysteries of the modern age; how Cuttie Williams has continued working without becoming a household name.
Cuttie was born in smoggy London but had the good fortune to have been re-located to the golden sands of a mini paradise named St Kitts and Nevis for a significant portion of his formative years. He credits his relationship with music as “a calling”; as such, his quest for excellence in his craft means he has never regarded the pursuit of fame and riches as a primary goal of his journey. Having come under the spell of Motown great James Lee Jamerson and the immortal Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett (of the Wailers) his instrument of choice was the bass guitar.
Although the years spent honing his craft (and a highly distinctive style) garnered him opportunities as both instrumentalist and vocalist in support of luminaries, such as Sir Jimmy Cliff (OM), Lord Ernest Ranglin (OM), Suggs (of madness), Sly &Robbie, Horace Andy, Carroll Thompson, Louisa Mark, Ali Campbell (UB40) and many others, there remained a light that was hidden under a bushel - Cuttie’s soul-drenched and five octave range vocals. Jamaican ska and rock ‘n’ soul pioneer Alton Ellis identified Cuttie as a name to watch out for but even an accolade from so lauded a personage could only hint at Cuttie’s scintillating versatility. As well as session work for the likes of Roy Ayers, Joss Stone, Jocelyn Brown, Alexander O’Neal and others, Cuttie has graced the stage and blessed audiences awaiting appearances from the likes of Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Nina Simone, Earth-Wind&Fire, Tina Turner and many others. There is also the spine-tingling rendition as a troubadour at the centre of the widely acclaimed Hat Pack (think ‘Rat Pack’ sans booze and cigarettes) ensemble which allows him to access his inner Nat ‘King’ Cole (with a twist of Sinatra) to toe-curdling effect.
In addition to this plethora of accomplishments as a performer is Cuttie’s flair for composing catchy but adult-friendly missives which channel moods and concerns varying from emotional love ballad to social upliftment chorale and beyond. For examples of same, one need only place themselves in listening distance of his lyrical Now And Then album, which included the ebullient Everyday, the astonishing flamenco-flavour of the aptly-titled Mesmerise or the spellbinding R&B-marinated re-working of Marley’s Pour Sugar (On Me); moreover, there is also the prospect of a bombastic reception to his forthcoming album, To Whom It May Concern, when his long-time acolytes wrap their ears and sensibilities around his strident address to World Leaders or allow the meditative strains of Home Again to wash over them. To Whom.. has already been cued in by the pre-release video I Try, on You Tube, but many discerning listeners claim this opus is equalled by other typically mellifluous gems that keep pace with other specimens from the Cuttie Williams canon which many believe are only a heartbeat and an airplay opportunity away from being characterised as bona fide classics.
Comparisons, it is often said, are odious, but Cuttie has been compared to so many great 20th Century musical icons that it would be tiresome to repeat their names. So, we’ll simply implore you to judge for yourself and suppress any preconceptions you may harbour in respect of a dreadlocked paramour who rocks a dinner suit and bow-tie more readily than many of his denim-attired contemporaries. Cuttie Williams is that rare entity - an original. Sit back, listen and believe