Dynesti Williams inspires people to reconnect to their higher selves through bold and unapologetic live performances, lyrics, videos, and sonic experiences. She is known as a fierce entertainer from Toronto ON, Canada with a contagious energy that can raise the vibration of any space she performs in. Nicknamed The Dyna for delivering energy like food for the soul, Dynesti Williams invites you to feast on the balance of unity and chaos through the flavor she describes as Rebellious Hip-Hop/Soul with a "dash" of Reggae.
Being of half-Jamaican and half-Trinidadian heritage, Dynesti was constantly surrounded by Caribbean music. She began singing and songwriting at the age of eight performing reggae gospel in church. Growing up in a low-income community housing block in Toronto's west end, her experiences offered painfully beautiful inspiration for her art. As a child, Dynesti’s mother was diagnosed with depression, and her understanding of happiness was altered. Her mother’s condition motivated her to find joy in adding more entertainment, healing, and laughter to the world. This led her to focus on mental health stability, raw honesty, and freedom as the foundations of her art.
“This world, and all of the people in it, are f**ked up, but they are beautiful. Everyone and everything is beautifully f**ked up. That contrast is art. That art is what I make music about.”
- Dynesti Williams
This contrast is embodied by her reggae-influenced jazzy singing, and tough-love rap flow. She has been compared to a dynamic range of artists from Missy Elliott to Lauryn Hill as she treats her songs like various food dishes for her audience, validating The Dyna.
Dynesti is currently partnering with DatGas Music Entertainment in N.Y.C. to release her first full-length project entitled, the Type Beat Mixtape. She will be riding your favorite artist’s wave all through the summer with the project dropping song by song, every Wednesday starting Wednesday July 4, 2018.
Dynesti's performance training began in church choirs and art school, and intensified through a mix of non-profit, and for-profit programs in Toronto. She recognizes movements such as SKETCH Working Arts, UNITY Charity, Coalition Music, Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E.) Edutainment, and City of Toronto as initiatives that have had a life-changing impact on her development. In the future, she hopes to further empower talented youth who are on the margins.
PAST APPEARANCES: Headlining Ossfest (2018), Opening for OSHUN (NYC) (2018), the Breakin’ Convention (2017), New Skool Rules Festival (The Netherlands) (2017). POP Montreal Festival’s Rappeuses Chic (2016), TD Music Fridays (2016), Michie Mee’s On This Mic (2016), UNITY Festival (2016), The Honey Jam Concert (2015), Manifesto Festival (2015), and Indie Music Week (2014).