Marlon Williams Profile

Kirsten Johnstone
4 Dec 2020

Marlon Williams commands one of those rare, exquisite voices that has reviewers scrambling for superlatives to describe it.

“With a voice as smooth as oil, he could be singing a share report and still have listeners swooning,” wrote RNZ’s Nick Bollinger. Others have commented on his “Magnificent, fluttering, gender-fluid falsetto” (Guardian) and his “country croon and vibrato swoon” (The Spinoff). People have compared his voice to Elvis and Roy Orbison: agile and pure, capable of conveying the depths of human emotion. The songs he’s written and chooses to cover are both tragic, and life-affirming. And his perfect enunciation in both English and te reo Māori means we’re able to savour every syllable.  

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Marlon Williams Q&A, streamed live on 10 May 2020
The Eastern with friends: Marlon Williams, Ebony Lamb, Lindon Puffin, Brendan Gree, Ben Woolley, Barry Saunders, Nicole Izobel Garcia, Reb Fountain, Adam McGrath, Joe McCallum, Alice Ryan Williams, Jess Shanks, Ben Brown, Flora Knight, Jono Hopley.
Photo credit: Jess Shanks collection
Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson, 2018. 
Photo credit: Rikki Morris
Delaney Davidson, Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams, and Barry Saunders on the 2015 church tour featured in the Notable Films' documentary 'The New Sound of Country'.
Marlon Williams - When I Was A Young Girl - live at Auckland Town Hall, 2018. Backed by the Yarra Benders - Gus Agars, Ben Woolley, Dave Khan and Dan Luscombe
Marlon Williams and Ben Edwards at the Sitting Room studio, Lyttelton. 
Photo credit: Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ
Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams - Your Mind's Walking Out (2020)
Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams - Arahura (2020)
Marlon Williams with Aldous Harding - Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore (2017)
Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams - Sad But True: the Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting Volume 1 (2012)
Marlon Williams at the Sitting Room, Lyttelton, during a live to air for Radio NZ, 2016.
Photo credit: Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ
Marlon Williams at San Fran, Wellington 2017.
Photo credit: Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ
Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams - Sad But True Volume 3 (Juke Box B-Sides) - Rough Diamond/Lyttelton Records, 2014
Marlon Williams talks to RNZ Music's Alex Behan on winning the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll award for his song 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore'
Marlon Williams live at Auckland Town Hall (2019). 
Marlon Williams - Live At La Niche (2013)
Delaney Davidson, Tami Neilson, Barry Saunders, and Marlon Williams - ''The New Sound of Country' - 2015. 
Marlon Williams wins the Silver Scroll for 2018 for his song 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore'
Marlon Williams, from the Make Way For Love photo session, 2018. 
Photo credit: Steve Gullick
Marlon Williams - Vampire Again (2017)
Marlon Williams, 2016. 
Photo credit: Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ
Marlon Williams, San Fran, Wellington, 2017.
Photo credit: Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ
Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams - Bloodletter (2012)
Kacy & Clayton And Marlon Williams - Plastic Bouquet (2020)
The Eastern at the Penguin Club, Oamaru, with Marlon Williams at left.
Marlon Williams performs 'Come to Me' live at RNZ, 14 Feb 2018
Delaney Davidson, Tami Neilson, Barry Saunders, and Marlon Williams - 'The New Sound of Country' - 2015. 
Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams - I Wonder Why (2020)
Marlon Williams session at The Sitting Room in Lyttelton with a brand new song Arahura, June 2016
Marlon Williams - Make Way for Love (With The Pou Tiriao Singers), 2018
Marlon Williams, 2016. 
Photo credit: Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ
Marlon Williams at the Sitting Room, Lyttelton, 2016. 
Photo credit: Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ
Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love (2018)
Marlon Williams - self-titled debut album, 2015.
Marlon Williams - Vampire Again (2017)
Marlon Williams - Live at Auckland Town Hall 2018 (Official Concert Film)
Marlon Williams - What's Chasing You (2018)
Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders - Hello Miss Lonesome (Live, Isaac Theatre Royal, 2015)
Marlon Williams performing live at San Fran, Wellington 2017.
Photo credit: Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ
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