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About the Author

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Summer Williams, also known as SLSTRSS (abbr. for soulstress) is a R&B singer, songwriter, artist and author. Summer started her musical journey growing up in CT winning youth beauty pageants and talent searches statewide. Further honoring her musical ancestors of gospel singers and musicians, she received her B.A in Music Management at Manhattanville College in New York. After graduating, Williams decided to pursue a musical career, using all of the management tools she learned for her own. 

As an artist, Williams began recording and performing all over the try-state NY area and more. She released 3 album mixtapes from 2012 to 2016 called “Boom Bap Soul, Vol.1”, “Call Me the Soulstress” and “Hello Again”, earning her recognition from some of the top r&b music blogs like Singersroom, ThisIsRnB, ThisIs50 and Vibe Online. After a botched distribution deal with SonyRED in 2016, she freed herself by slightly variating the spelling of her name to SLSTRSS. Since then, alongside her live band, she has performed her original music independently at venues such as SOB’s, Milk River, B.B. Kings and even a residency at the world famous Groove NYC in jazz village.

In 2019, SLSTRSS published “My Inner Soulstress” journal”. As a personal declaration of living as her natural musical identity, she also coined the term “soulstress” to be defined as a woman who speaks the words of her soul through song. From then, she has made it her truth to sing her heart song, and encourages a tribe of like minded women to do the same. In 2020, Williams launched Lyricster, a matching app for songwriters. Currently she lives in NYC with her teacup yorkie, hosting live jam sessions, performing with her band, and recording new music. Listen to music by SLSTRSS on all streaming platforms now!