In 'Reconstructing the Native South', Melanie Benson Taylor examines the diverse body of Native American literature in the contemporary U.S. South—literature written by the descendants of tribes who evaded Removal and have maintained ties with their southeastern homelands. …
Williams launched a solo career in 1994 as a soul/dance singer, signed to Columbia Records. Her debut solo single, "All Cried Out!" peaked at No. 60 in the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up, "Everyday Thang", did better, hitting the UK Top 40. It peaked at No. 38. Her next single, the ballad "Not Enough?" managed a No. 65 chart placing. Her debut album, Human Cradle, failed to reach the UK Albums Chart.
Featuring "Birthday Of The Rain"
Having found her stride in the studio on 1970s Candles in the Rain, Melanie's 1971 release The Good Book seemed like a case of two steps forward, one step back. The Good Book was recorded while Melanie was at loggerheads with her record label, Buddah Records (Melanie and her husband and studio collaborator Peter Schekeryk would form their own label to release her next LP), and while it doesn't seem to have impacted the craft of the album, the presence of three covers and the frequently dour mood of these songs don't seem to reflect an artist who was entirely at peace with herself.