Carol Williams

At a time when disco was still breaking into the mainstream, Carol Williams was one of the few female vocalistst in the genre to hold stake in other creative elements of her craft besides singing. Working with producer Vincent Montana Jr., she not only selected a good share of material for her Salsoul debut album, 'Lectric Lady, but also co-wrote three selections and acted as co-publisher.

Prior to becoming a disco diva, Carol Williams paid her dues for over a decade as a live performer in her own Top 40 band and as a member of female trio the Geminis. The Geminis scored a small R&B hit in 1966 on RCA with "Get It on Home." During a New Jersey hotel circuit stint, an opportunity for a solo deal arose. Williams' husband Daverne was Wilson Pickett's bandleader. His assistant received a call from Salsoul looking for a female vocalist similar to Gloria Gaynor. Williams was chosen from all of the singers auditioning and when the label learned of her history and reputation in the industry, they signed her to an album deal.

'Lectric Lady was released in 1977 and featured hits such as "Come Back" and "Love Is You." "Love Is You" was sampled in 1999 by Italian DJ Spiller in an instrumental track called "Groove Jet," on the "Mighty Miami EP," and in 2000 in the vocal version of the track, called "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" with vocals performed by Sophie Ellis-Bextor. This track reached number 1 in the UK and AUS Pop charts and sparked renewed demand for the original song.

Carol Williams is still performing to this day.