Cris Williamson

The first time I heard Cris’ music, it was like hearing honey dripped on a cello … Cris

has been a whole lot of women’s heroes — including mine.

- Bonnie Raitt

About Cris:

With 30-some recordings to her credit, Cris Williamson is best know for her classic album, The

Changer and the Changed. Released in 1975 on Olivia Records, this music became the

soundtrack of a movement, and was key in the launch of what would become known as “women’s

music,” music which was created, performed, and marketed specifically by and for women. Today,

this record remains a favorite of so many people, and one of the best-selling independent releases

of all time. Cris is currently touring her new release, a double CD set, Pray Tell, a collection of 24

original songs.

Bio:

Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the

industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-
something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer And The Changed, for her brainchild,

Olivia Records. the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Her music and voice

quickly became the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become

known as “women’s music,” music created, performed, and marketed specifically to women. Today,

that recording, The Changer and the Changed, remains one of the best-selling independent

releases of all time.

For Cris, the music became the vehicle for something larger. Her lyrics appear on a regular basis in

books and thesis papers. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women’s studies courses, and

thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in “Song of the Soul” around

campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her

music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in

tender sacred escort. “She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person,”

says the Boston Phoenix, “Williamson is an heroic character whose tireless activism continues.”

Today, with 30 full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit adding new

material at each juncture. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall

and the headlining of many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and

Vancouver. The songs and the celebration continue with the release of her 31st, her new 2-CD

set, Pray Tell: 24 original songs released in late 2013.  criswilliamson.com

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