As the son of a Pentecostal evangelist, Chris Williams' musical roots began at an early age in church, particularly quartet music. He began his musical forray as a church drummer, at the age of 4. By the age of 8, Chris had all but mastered piano, while pe...rfecting his vocals in talent shows, gospel choirs and quartet groups around the North Florida area. Allthough stritcly forbidden and highly discouraged by his Christian family, he was exposed to soul music by his uncle. Chris became heavily influenced by Soul artists such as Prince, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Earth Wind and Fire, and Sly and The Family Stone. By age 13, Chris was introduced to a sound that would forever change his life: Neo-Soul. While listening to a friend's CD ("Brown Sugar" by D'Angelo), it was then that he began to realized his calling of soul music. Soon after, he discovered other artists, such as Bilal, Musiq, Tweet, Erykah Badu, and other neo-soul artists. It was this particular musical movement that sparked Chris' musical intuition, as he began his 'soul journey' in 2005, and recorded a few songs in his cousin's studio. He continued to perform in the gospel genre, particularly quartet, joining Nu Testament in 2007 as a keybordist/singer. From this experience, Chris would use this to combine these two elements into a sound, best described by Raphael Saadiq as 'gospodelic'. Based on a style that is drenced in soul, yet has the feel of 'church', he is almost genre-less. This is due to his huge blend of soul, funk, and gospel. He is neither and artist, nor an entertainer. He's an experience, blessed with an awesome gift and ability to reach any audience, no matter what side of the preverbial fence to you may stand on. His sound is honest enough that it doesnt offend the religious listener, yet not watered down for the true soul follower as well. Chris Williams is, simply, Gospodelic Soul.
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