Jason Williams

Juice Soul’s “Made Her A Woman”: A Relationship Counternarrative for the Fellas

While male artists, especially those in R&B and Hip-Hop, often receive charges of employing sexist, patriarchal, misogynistic and divisive imagery and language, Juice Soul, Jason Williams of Augusta, Georgia, offers a mature, balanced and compelling counternarrative to those charges. Too many songs across musical genres present an oversimplified ultimate reason why numerous intimate heterosexual relationships fail: it’s the man’s fault. Yes, admittedly, men, more often than not, create the core challenges and problems that plague relationships and inevitably lead to their undoing. In many cases, however, women contribute significantly to these relationship challenges and problems. “Made Her A Woman,” one of the hit tracks from Juice Soul’s 2005 100% Concentration album, boldly, yet respectfully, ventures into this frequently slanted, deficient in nuance discourse.

Juice Soul’s dexterous melding of urban contemporary R&B and neo-soul lends itself useful to illuminating his characteristic deftness in relating an enchanting story through song. The powerful art of storytelling represented in “Made Her A Woman”—and most of his works—facilitates heartfelt emotions expressed. Although the title, “Made Her A Woman,” might give the impression of a standard patriarchal song, the artist deploys an ironic title, to surprise, challenge, unsettle. Early in the song, Mr. Williams disabuses the listener of any thoughts about this work being laced with misogynist or patriarchal words or themes.

Juice Soul Jason Williams

(Photo Courtesy of Juice Soul)

The artist longs for his former love to appreciate the substantial contributions he made in her life that helped her to evolve into a mature and productive woman. Her unwillingness to give him the gratitude he deserves results in a vexing loneliness; a loneliness that engenders a primarily dejected mood. Pain, however, seems to motivate the artist to rise above the limitations of his extant inauspicious circumstances, communicating a slight sense of optimism about his future love life.

Williams’ oeuvre appears intimately grounded in realism. The type of raw emotion and zeal he delivers suggests mostly biographical content rather than purely fictional content, which could explain why his songs connect so strongly with fans.

“Made Her A Woman” taps into the universal human condition by engaging common feelings experienced: loss, loneliness, heartbreak and disenchantment. As an adroit and shrewd lyricist, Juice Soul always releases a sincere, candid piece. This track conveys an important message: heterosexual men’s relationship narratives possess great value, and when artists proffer those narratives without fear, we behold poignant, beautiful art—the type of art represented by his Summer 2016 song featuring rapper L.T. Terror, one of the best songs produced this decade, “Tasteless.”

Dr. Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Jason “JuiceSoul” Williams: America’s Best Unsigned Vocalist

Jason “JuiceSoul” Williams is unquestionably one of the best vocalists in America. Go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/juicesoulmusic to sample his music and to purchase his music. You can also hear his music on YouTube on his YouTube channel (JuiceSoul’s Channel) at http://www.youtube.com/JuiceSoul. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JuiceSoulMusic (@JuiceSoulMusic). Become his friend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JuiceSoul. You will thank me later!

Jason Williams is a native of Augusta, Georgia and received undergraduate training in English at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. He currently resides in Smyrna, Georgia. Mr. Williams is furthering his academic training in English and Elementary Education at the University of Phoenix.  He has served as a Title I Tutor for the Richmond County School system in Augusta, Georgia. Jason has a demonstrated commitment to education and to ameliorating the quality of education for young people. Therefore, JuiceSoul is not only a great singer—he’s a great educator, mind, and community activist.

It was at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia that I got the chance to first hear JuiceSoul sing and perform. I was completely impressed by his raw talent. When he sings, you feel his music. JuiceSoul communicates a powerful and compelling story with each word that he sings. He writes his own music too. One of my favorite songs that he has composed and song is “Intentionally,” which is also the first song that I heard and saw him perform. I also love “Kill For You” and “Made Her A Woman,” which you can hear and purchase at the aforementioned sites.

For those of you out there needing a vocalist to sing at your wedding ceremony or wedding anniversary or event, JuiceSoul has a company, Together Forever Wedding Music, which you can contact to have him come to sing for you. Contact his company at jasonwilliamsvocalist@yahoo.com and/or (706) 399-5061.

To music fans out there, I ask for you to first go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/juicesoulmusic and purchase JuiceSoul’s music for only $9.99 for your mp3 player and/or $10 for a CD. Go to his YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/JuiceSoul and listen to his music and post a comment (and click the “Like” button). Next, request his music to be played by your local radio stations. Finally, use Twitter, Facebook, blogs, websites, letters to the Editor of your local newspapers, word of mouth, and etc. to let people know about Jason “JuiceSoul” Williams’ music.

To the music producers and record companies, you will be hearing from me about this outstanding young Black male vocalist.

I intend to lead an effort to have JuiceSoul signed by a major record label. Why? It’s not simply because he’s a great vocalist, former college classmate, great father, educated Black man, great educator, great community activist, and great mind (did you see all of those uses of the word “great”), but it ultimately comes down to the fact that Jason “JuiceSoul” Williams is a tremendously humble person. He’s got all of this talent and remains so humble. In our contemporary period, this level of humbleness is something to be treasured. Jason did not ask me to pen this feature on him, and I did let him know that I would be doing a feature on him. He, again, demonstrated his humbleness in thanking me.

With over 131,000 readers in one year of the existence of this blog, Revolutionary Paideia, I have committed myself to using this blog as a vehicle for uplifting and advancing people. This feature on Jason “JuiceSoul” Williams is the least I can do for him. Revolutionary Paideia will be used as a medium to promote this great vocalist. For those who love to say that they support emerging artists, here is an opportunity for you to do something to support an emerging artist who deserves a national and international audience.

Revolutionary Paideia will have more about Jason “JuiceSoul” Williams in the upcoming months. Revolutionary Paideia plans to purchase more of his music and have giveaways of his music, so you need to keep reading Revolutionary Paideia for your opportunity to win free music by this outstanding vocalist.

Jason, keep up the great work! I will be praying for you and supporting you all the way to stardom and so will many of my readers! God bless you!

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison