Happy 60th Birthday to our amazing Founder, Victoria Williams!
Without her, Sweet Relief would simply not exist.
In 1993 Vic was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because she didn’t have health insurance at the time, a great group of musicians got together and made the album Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, to raise monies for her medical costs. With the funds remaining Victoria created the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for the benefit of other musicians.
The name of the fund derives from a song of Victoria’s, Opelousas (Sweet Relief) and the fact that we do provide sweet relief in the form of financial assistance to many musicians who would otherwise be in untenable predicaments.
Victoria has made 14 records herself, as well as on many other artists recordings. She has starred in motion pictures and documentaries, and has charmed and entertained music lovers wherever she has gone for almost four decades. Her list of collaborators and associates is a treasure-trove of some of the world’s finest artists and filmmakers. Victoria has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music and her particular brand of storytelling with anyone who has ears to hear. She has played countless fund-raising events over the years for the benefit others.