‘Rising Star’ Finalist Dana Williams Talks New Single, Collaborating With Leighton Meester

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With the release of her new single, “Fooling Myself,” Dana Williams is definitely a rising star. And she didn’t need to be on a reality singing competition of the same name for people to know it.

The music video for her latest track just dropped today and the singer-songwriter is definitely showcasing all that the song is about. What exactly is the song about? We asked the songstress the very question when we spoke to her on the phone yesterday about her new music and what it was like working with Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester.

“‘Fooling Myself’ is about meeting someone for the first time and getting to know them, or wondering if you should take the next step. If it’s real or if you’re just fooling yourself,” Williams said of her new single.

While the song itself may be about an everyday situation people all over the world deal with, Williams heads to outer space in her new music video to tell the tale.

But, why outer space? The “struggle between two worlds, reality and imaginary” is her way of visually explaining what the song is about

“There’s a lot of outer space involved. I really like outer space and so does my friend who directed it. It’s just really beautiful and very starry,” the former Rising Star contestant explained of the music video. “I’m sort of struggling with if this love, in the song, if the love is real or if it’s not real. So, I think it comes through in the imagery of the video.”

Putting videos up on YouTube is nothing new for her, though, as she’s posted quite a few cover videos over the years, including her version of Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches,” as well as a duet with Leighton Meester of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac.

Meester and Williams actually go way back. Before Leighton played her high school’s queen bee on Gossip Girl, she was in middle school with Williams.

“I’ve known Leighton [Meester] for a long time. We went to middle school together and she was really close friends with my sister. I started playing shows, and she came to see one of them and we just realized we had a similar music sensibility, so she just started asking me to open for her when she had a show,” Wiliams explained.

But the two had such chemistry together on these tour dates, that they decided to take their musical relationship one step further and actually collaborate together. And we thank the musical heavens for it.

“[S]he just suggested ‘Dreams’ and I was, of course, like, Yeah, ‘Dreams’ is a really cool song. So, we did it and I don’t think either of us really anticipated it being so huge, but it was just sort of a spur of the moment fun decision. We practiced it a couple of times and then my sister shot the video.”


Dana Williams’ new single, “Fooling Myself,” is now available and her upcoming EP, “Let’s Fall,” will be released on December 11.

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