Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Chris Williams has been performing professionally since he was fifteen years old. Now at thirty three, this Canadian sensation has impressed audiences with his intense passion, vocal proficiency and musical maturity. He has built a loyal following, as his highly entertaining performances are met with great enthusiasm by people of all ages. Chris has performed with world-famous musicians such as Justo Almario (Sergio Mendes / Mongo Santamaria), Alex Acuna (Tolu / Weather Report), Clayton Cameron (Tony Bennett), Ramon Banda (Poncho Sanchez), Llew Mathews (Nancy Wilson), Luther Hughes (Gene Harris), Dr. Scott Tibbs (Wayne Newton / Omar Hakim), Scott Martin (Poncho Sanchez), Francisco Torres (Jazz On the Latin Side All Stars), Dave Markee (Eric Clapton), Terry Landry (Natalie Cole), Matt Politano (Jazz Phenom), Ernie Nunez (Brian Setzer Orchestra), Caleb Quay (Elton John), Steve Crum (Diana Ross), Daniel Glass & David Miller (Royal Crowne Revue), Perry Smith & John Storie (New West Guitar Trio), Justin Ray (Michael Buble), Mike Bennett (Hilary Duff), and Kye Palmer (The Tonight Show Band). He has extensively toured the United States, Canada, and Europe to universal acclaim. In 2008, he completed a two year engagement as the Entertainment Director of the Orange County Pavilion Performing Arts Center. In addition to overwhelmingly positive reviews in magazine and newspaper, Chris has been featured on television on L.A. Fox News 11, and has been heard on the radio on KKJZ 88.1 fm with Helen Borgers, on KABC 790 am with Doug McIntyre; and on KLAC 570 am as part of their Fabulous Finds series. He has earned many awards including four vocal solo awards at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and a major scholarship to the elite Berklee College of Music in Boston. His recording of "Comes Love" from his debut album Premodernism won Best Latin Song at the 2007 Orange County Music Awards. Chris Williams plays exclusively Tycoon Percussion Master Handcrafted Pinstipe Congas and Bongos.

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 Award-winning local jazz vocalist, Chris Williams has been nominated in the category of Best Jazz for the Orange County Music Awards, to be held March 3 at The Grove in Anaheim.