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In the spotlight – Prince Albert Daily Herald

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After years of playing supporting roles, Stephen Williams is ready to step into the limelight.

Williams, better known to the Prince Albert music scene as South West, is widely known for supporting other singers and songwriters. That will change on Friday when he releases his self-titled debut album.

“He’s a pretty heavenly feeling man,” Williams said when asked about his new version. “I’ve had a lot of these songs for about six years to give or take, and I’ve always been the person who supported other musicians. I played bass for this band and I played guitar for this one, so it’s pretty special that I can finally have my own thing.

The album contains nine original tracks written and performed by Williams, who drew on his own life experiences to create the album. He described his music as stemming from love, forgiveness and sincerity.

“My coping mechanism is my music,” he explained. “When I feel like something or something is going on in my life, I’m going to grab a pen and paper and my guitar and I’m going to write these songs.”

Williams said it had been a bit of a challenge since COVID-19 started. Postponements and cancellations have limited the experiences artists can draw on, he explained, but there have also been benefits.

“You have time to sit down and really focus,” he said. “I found that the experiential side may be lacking a bit more, but you have more time to focus on the writing.”

Williams also got a boost from his longtime friend Joe Rohs, who produced the album. Without him, Williams said it would have been difficult to get the project started.

“The guy who pushes me and kicks me to get him out would be Joel Rohs,” said Williams. “He’s also a huge inspiration for the album too.”

Williams plans to celebrate the album with a performance and CD release night at Rock Trout Performance and Event Venue on Friday. He will be joined on stage by a few musical guests, with the opening of his high school friend Chelsey Herman.

“She’s very similar to my own style, I find,” Williams said. “She’s a very folk singer-songwriter.”

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $ 15 in advance or $ 20 at the door. For more information, visit the Rock Trout Events Facebook page.

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