Originally known as The Little Williams Brothers, this group was organized in 1960 by Leon "Pop" Williams, the founder
and father of the Williams Brothers.
They 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 Williams Brothers 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 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 Williams Brothers have 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 Bynum, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Deniece Williams, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Luther Vandross, Philip Bailey, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Maurice White, Andraé Crouch, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, Al Green, Kool and the Gang, The Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong,
LaBelle, The Hawkins Family, The Clark Sisters, Clifton Davis, Shirley Murdock, Sounds of Blackness, Amy Grant.
Awards and honors include --
- Grammy Nomination - The Concert - 2001
- Stellar Award - Best Group (Traditional) - The Concert - 2001
- Stellar Award - Best Performance Group or Duo (Traditional) - 1997
- Grammy Nomination - Best Soul Gospel Album (Traditional) - 1995
- Stellar Award - 1995
- Vision Award - 1992
- Stellar Award - Best Performance Group or Duo (Traditional) - 1991
- Grammy Nomination - Best Soul Gospel Album (Traditional) - 1991
- Stellar Award - Traditional Album of the Year - 1986
Hit songs include --
- Can't Cry Hard Enough
- Be There
- What's Your Name
- Bad Old Memories
- Move In Me
Other notable songs include --
- So Good to Be Alive
- Take It to the Lord in Prayer
- So Good
- Never Let Go of Your Hand
- Jesus Will Never Say No
- At the Cross
- All the Way
- Prayer Made the Difference
- Mama Prayed for Me
- Jesus Will Fix It
The Williams Brothers may be available for your next special event!
..60s, ..70s, ..80s, ..90s, ..00s
Formed: in 1960
Based: ..in Mississippi