The band members have a way of putting themselves in other people’s shoes, and the way they put their own names to songs they wrote is often an indicator of who they are as individuals.
It was that way with Denise Williams, the vocalist and lead singer of The Wipers, which earned a 2013 songwriting award from the National Recording Registry.
Williams had previously been nominated for an American Music Award, for a solo performance by a singer with a similar voice to hers.
“I was surprised, but I think that I have been doing that kind of work for a long time,” said Williams, who is also a certified public accountant.
“It’s a reflection of who I am.”
Williams said the songwriting process has been one of the best parts of her life.
“The people that I write songs for are the ones that make my life easier and make me feel comfortable,” she said.
“And they can help me to learn how to write songs.”
The Wiper’s songwriting credits include songs from the band’s 2013 debut album, I’m Going to Be a Woman, a title that refers to the songwriter’s love of women and their importance to the group.
The group also received a 2017 Grammy nomination for their song, The Way It Is.
It’s a song that Williams wrote and performed for the National Anthem at the White House.
“To have that songwriter credit, it’s just incredible,” said Denise.
“This is really special to me.”
The band’s latest album, My Life on the Road, which was released on July 17, also got a writing credit from Williams.
The Wigs were nominated for a 2014 Grammy for their album, What’s the Difference?, which was also nominated for the American Music Association’s top album award.
Williams said her writing credits are a reflection on her upbringing.
“Growing up, I was always in the spotlight and I always had to be an outcast,” she told CBC News.
“But I always felt like I was a girl that was getting the recognition I needed.”
Williams, a self-described “glamour girl” from St. Catharines, Ont., said the writing credits were a way for her to get her voice out.
“For me, I like to take the spotlight.
I like my music to be really personal, and I like that I’m putting my voice out there,” she added.
Denise also said that she has been working hard to put herself out there in a positive light, and to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault.
“My aim has always been to help women.
And I think I’ve done that,” she explained.
“Hopefully, as time goes on, I can continue to work on that.”
Denise said that the writing process for her songwriting work has taken a long while to complete.
“When I wrote the song, I didn’t know how long it would take to write, but after a few months, I started writing and I think the first song I wrote, I had already written over 200 songs,” she recalled.
“So when it came to the last two songs, I knew I had to write a song.”
Denis songwriting experience with Denis Williams has allowed Denise to write her own songs.
Denises songwriting background includes writing songs for The Wiggles, the National Association of Black Nurses, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and The Royal Canadian Mint.