After over forty years, Melvin Williams, with his distinctive voice, has continued to be a leader in the Gospel Music Industry. Melvin began singing at the age of six and has been performing his musical ministry for audiences, large and small, ever since. With five solo albums, a massive archive of Williams Brothers albums, six Grammy award nominations, and a host of Stellar and Dove Awards, Melvin Williams is truly a legend of Gospel music.
Melvin and his younger siblings formed the Williams Brothers in imitation of their older brothers the famed quartet the Jackson Southernaires, and released their first album “Holding On” in 1973. In 1991 the Williams Brothers banded together to form their own major independent record label, Blackberry Records. Through Blackberry Records, the Brothers have been able perform their own musical ministry, while promoting other artists such as The Texas Boyz, The Bolton Brothers, the Canton Spirituals, and many more.
Meanwhile, Melvin continued to build his solo career. He began writing and arranging his own music in 1979. Melvin released his first solo album “Back to The Cross” on Light Records. His second album “In Living Color” was released on the newly created Blackberry Records. The albums single “So Good” reached the Top 20 on the Billboard. Melvin also co-wrote the gospel mega hit “Cooling Water” for the “Duets” album with fellow gospel legend Lee Williams. “Cooling Water” spent over 100 weeks on the Billboard charts and remains one of the most requested gospel songs by audiences nationwide.
Melvin also continued to perform for audiences nation-wide, and has shared the stage with such musical greats as BeBe and CeCe Winans, Kool and the Gang, Luther Vandross, Amy Grant, James Taylor, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and many others. The Williams Brothers also recorded “I’m Too Close” with legend Stevie Wonder on the gold winning album “WOW Gospel 1999.” The Brothers even toured internationally with Swedish musical superstar Carola, and 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.
In January 2007, Melvin simultaneously released his highly anticipated fourth and fifth solo albums “Crazy Like Love” and “Love Like Crazy.” The first single was a tribute cover of the Lionel Richie classic hit “Jesus is Love.” Melvin’s eclectic choice of material for his latest project includes original traditional and contemporary gospel, classical, Hip-hop, jazz, spoken word, and classic mainstream cover songs of Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown. Special guests include producer and artist Fred Hammond, Walter Hawkins, the late ballad crooner, Gerald Levert, jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum, Doug Williams, and Lee Williams. The project includes live horns, harmonica, bass & guitar licks ionfused by percussions, organ, and live strings delivering well-laid, uplifting yet soothing melodies.
When Melvin is not performing or working for his Sickle Cell Anemia charity, the Crazy Like Love Foundation, he lives in Mississippi and works to build and promote his family record label, Blackberry Records.
For more information about Melvin Williams, the Williams Brothers, and their ministry, check out their Website www.williamsbrothers.com and their myspace page at www.myspace.com/williamsbrothersgospel.