A versatile singer/songwriter based out of New Zealand, Marlon Williams crafts narrative-driven, atmospheric indie folk songs that draw from a deep --and often dark -- well of country, soul, bluegrass, and pop.
Born in the coastal town of Lyttelton and raised in a Maori household on an eclectic musical diet that included the Beatles, PJ Harvey, Townes Van Zandt, Mozart, Gram Parsons, Echo & the Bunnymen, Elvis, and the Band, Williams studied classical music at the University of Canterbury. However, the rigidity of the curriculum proved too restricting, prompting Williams to look elsewhere for an avenue with which to flex his creative muscles. After honing his skills at bars and pubs with his band the Unfaithful Ways, who became a notable draw and issued a pair of well-received records, Williams relocated to Australia to take advantage of the fertile Melbourne music scene -- the brutal earthquake that rocked Christchurch in 2011 also played a part in his decision to change locales. In 2012 he released Sad But True, Vol. 1, the first of three award-winning collaborations with popular kiwi country singer Delaney Davidson -- Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 were issued in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Williams' eponymous solo debut dropped in 2015, and debuted at number ten on the New Zealand albums chart. The critically acclaimed LP was released internationally the following year via Dead Oceans Records. In early February, 2018 Williams dropped the single "Come to Me" in anticipation of the release of his sophomore full-length effort, Make Way for Love, which arrived later that month. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi