It’s common to see students sitting on benches with their phones out, their laptops out, and sometimes even their textbooks when you walk down the concourse. But if you see Jessica Williams, she won’t be checking Facebook or Twitter, or even studying. She’ll be writing down the lyrics to her next song.
“I have a folder with loose-leaf paper and I always write with a marker or Sharpie. No good thoughts come out from pencil or pen. Just Sharpie,” says Williams, a singer-songwriter and a freshman at Auburn. “It’s this unorganized folder I just throw things in. I write really big, not even on the lines.”
William’s passion for music began the summer before eighth grade at a summer camp where she learned to play the guitar. Her talent flourished and two years later she began writing her own songs—three albums worth, so far.
Williams says most of her lyrics are inspired by events in her life.
“Most of my music is a diary out loud,” she says. “It’s like my therapy. All of the things I’ve written about I’ve gone through.”
Some of her first shows were at a Starbucks in Montgomery, her hometown. For the past several years, she has also played at a Montgomery breast cancer awareness concert event called Women of Hope.
Williams has kept busy since arriving at Auburn this fall, juggling sorority life, class—she is an interior design student— as well as finding time for her music. She recently performed for the first time since coming to Auburn at Fred’s Pickin’ Parlor down the road in Loachapoka.
“Playing in the Auburn area is so fun!” Williams says. “When I play here it is mostly college kids and all my friends come. At the end of my first gig here we were all swing dancing and singing together.”
Her next show is Oct. 11 in Montgomery as the opening act for popular Christian singer Bebo Norman.
You can listen to her music on her PureVolume page: http://www.purevolume.com/new/
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