Born the youngest child of Leon “Pop” and Amanda “Mom” Williams, Doug Williams became a member of the Stellar Award winning, Grammy nominated group The Williams Brothers at the tender age of five. “In a family like ours,” Doug says, “we took music for granted. We were singing as soon as we could walk. Everyone was singing; it was all around us, a family tradition.” Since then, Doug has enjoyed a successful career, writing and producing hits for such renowned artists as The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Yolanda Adams, The Canton Spirituals , Bobby Jones, The Soul Stirrers, The Jackson Southernaires and, of course, The Williams Brothers. Both as a solo artist and a performing member of The Williams Brothers, Doug has released 18 albums that have reached the top 10 in Billboard and Cashbox magazines, three No. 1 records, six Grammy nominations.
Doug has been writing and arranging since 1970 and producing since 1979. He has appeared as a guest vocalist with The Mississippi Mass Choir, Yolanda Adams, The Canton Spirituals, Slim & the Supreme Angels, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Douglas Miller, the Winans, and The Jackson Southernaires, and has shared the stage with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Juanita Bynum, Jars of Clay, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Denise Williams, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vickie Winans, Luther Vandross, Philip Bailey, Fred Hammond, Maurice White, Andrae Crouch, Bebe & Cece Winans, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, Al Green, Kool and the Gang, Patti LaBelle, Sound of Blackness, Amy Grant, Steve Winwood, Peabo Bryson, Chaka Khan, James Taylor and many more.
In 2005, Doug teamed up with his sister Marilyn to write the hit single “Be There,” as released on The Williams Brothers’ Greatest Hits Plus album. This single remained on the charts for 22 weeks, spending several weeks as the song with the greatest airplay. He also played a major role in the four nominations The Williams Brothers received at the 2006 Stellar Awards for Group/ Duo of the Year, Traditional Group/Duo of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year and Quartet of the Year. He is responsible for writing two of their biggest hits, “Living Testimony” & “Still Here”, which both have gone on to become classics worldwide. Doug and his Williams Brothers recorded “I’m Too Close” with legend Stevie Wonder on the gold winning album “WOW Gospel 1999.” Doug also co-produced the project “On Broken Pieces,” a Katrina relief project, which received a Stellar Award nomination for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, The Williams Brothers have made two consecutive headline performances at the Mississippi Governor’s annual Grammy legacy celebration, a star studded gala event highlighting Mississippi musician’s contributions to the international music community.
When Doug is not performing, he lives in Mississippi, where he serves as President & CEO of Blackberry Records, Inc., The Williams Brothers’ record label.
For more information about Doug Williams, the Williams Brothers, and their ministry, check out their Website www.williamsbrothers.com and their myspace page at www.myspace.com/williamsbrothersgospel .