About DaShawn Williams
Born in Altoona, PA, Mike Swope began playing drums at the age of nine. After graduating from high school, he served in the US Army Born and Raised in a Small town just north of Austin TX, Georgetown TX, DaShawn Williams is an exciting young performer! Now 23yrs old, DaShawn began one-on-one voice lessons and classical singing with Dr. Dana Zenobi(Southwestern University) at the age of 14. Since then, Mr. Williams has dominated the competition scene with most notable accomplishments including: 2 national titles for classical singing (Classical Singer and American Prize). He attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) in the summer of 2014 where he spent 3 months training and performing classically full-time, shortly afterwards he received his first professional Opera chorus contract with Austin Lyric Opera in the Fall of 2014 for their Winter/spring production of Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.
Mr. Williams attends the University of Michigan (since fall 2016) on a full-ride through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance where he is Majoring in vocal performance (concentration in classical/operastudies) and minoring in Dance. He has decided to take fall semester 2021 off of school in order to be with us for our Music City Nights!
DaShawn has appeared in a number of roles including: Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Marius (Les mis), and Lion (The Wizard of Oz). While heavily trained as a classical artist, he is a very versatile singer stretching from Classical and Opera all the way to classic Rock/soul and even Jazz! You can hear his versatility in writing and style from his two bands; Samaritan (original classic rock/funk), and Lunar Tuesday (original Jazz/R&B). Both of which have published debut albums.
Mr. Williams has had the honor to perform with some of Broadway’s biggest Stars including: Ramin Karimloo, Raymond McCleaod, Lawrence Clayton, and Sandra Joseph (10yrs as Christine in Phantom of the Opera). As well as spend 2yrs under the instruction of World Renowned Tenor, George Shirley (UofM). The first Black Tenor to ever perform at the MET.
With a hunger for performing and dedication to his craft, DaShawn Williams is a fresh and promising talent! He is very excited and honored to have his first long running job/contract and would like to thank both Matt Davenport Productions and General Jackson for giving him his first big opportunity to share his art and unique voice!