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The Williams Brothers Biography


The group was organized in 1960 by Leon "Pop" Williams, the founder and father of the Williams Brothers. Originally known as The Little Williams Brothers, the group is simply called The Williams Brothers today.

The group recorded its first album in 1973. Since then they have recorded 18 top-10 albums in Billboard and Cashbox magazines, out of which came three No. 1 records and three Grammy nominations.

In April 1991 the group formed their own record label, Blackberry Records, which is the first black-owned and operated record label in Mississippi that has major distribution. Their first release on the label entitled This is Your Night reached No. 4 on Billboard Magazine’s gospel chart. They were also nominated for a Grammy Award for the same album in the category of Best Soul Gospel Album (Traditional) in 1991 and won the Stellar Award for Best Performance Group or Duo (Traditional) in 1991. In January 1995 their release entitled In This Place, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Soul Gospel Album (Traditional) category in 1995.

Their latest album, "Still Standing", featuring Stevie Wonder on the song "Too Close", was released on May 13, 1997 and remained on the Billboard gospel charts for 12 months, and is still receiving rave reviews.

Television appearances for The Williams Brothers include Soul Train Awards, Stellar Awards, Bobby Jones Gospel, CBS News, Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., People Get Ready in London, Singsation and The CNN Gospel Special.

The group has also made three concept videos and five live concert videos.

They have performed in such venues as Madison Square Garden, Cobo Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Apollo Theatre, Disneyland, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Front Row Theatre, Paramount Theatre and numerous colleges and universities across the U. S.

The following is a list of performers The Williams Brothers have shared the stage with: Bishop Carlton Pearson, Juanita Byman, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Denise Williams, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Luther Vandross, Phillip Bailey, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Maurice White, Andraé Crouch, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, Al Green, Kool and the Gang, The Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Patti LaBelle, The Hawkins Family, The Clark Sisters, Clifton Davis, Shirley Murdock, Sounds of Blackness, Amy Grant, Bishop Carlton Pearson, Juanita Byman, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin.


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