Born in Chicago, Carol Williams grew up in rural Midwestern towns in Southern Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. After High School she drifted in and out of several colleges, played keyboards in Chicago bar bands, then went to Boston in 1975 to go to Berklee College of Music. She and fellow classmate Kimo Williams (a Vietnam veteran) got married and enlisted in the US Army Band program, with tours with the 9th Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, WA and the 5th Army Band stationed at Ft. Sheridan, near Chicago.
After seven years in the Army, she began performing recording her original compositions, now available on I-Tunes and other online music sources. In 1994, she earned a nursing degree and spent the next 20 years working in Chicago hospitals, primarily in the ER. She continued to perform while as a singer/songwriter as well as an instrumentalist, and relocated to West Virginia
Carol began writing a bi-monthly Op-Ed Column for the Martinsburg Journal in February 2017, with additional publications in the Baltimore Sun, the Charlestown Gazette-Mail, and the Shepherdstown Observer. Several years ago she took up quilting, and now creates wall hangings with fabric and buttons that represent commentary on contemporary political and social issues. Her favorite art form is political cartoons, which is evident throughout the “Fibers of Defiance” art exhibit she created.
Carol has an Associate’s Degree from Berklee College,a BA in Psychology from St. Martin’s College, a BS in Nursing from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master’s Degree in Music from Northeastern Illinois University.