ATL2U welcomes Darryl J. Williams!
(New York) April 8, 2019 -- Off Broadway Veteran DARRYL J. WILLIAMS covers urban music with a jazzy flair of triumph in his debut album, "Mind of a Tenor". This vocal powerhouse has shared the stage with legends including GLADYS KNIGHT, ANN NESBY, LISA FISCHER, and LESLIE GORE, and is now standing on his own! In this project he showcases his multi-octave range with a smooth jazz undertone. The album opens with a beautiful rendition of "Come Along With Me" with a gorgeous piano accompaniment from Michael O. Mitchell (musical director for LESLIE ODOM JR. and the world renowned Apollo Theater in New York City). It is then followed by smooth jazzy performance of the song "Sailing" (one of the album's singles). This song incorporates more instrumentation with drums, chimes, bass guitar, and background vocals delivering a message of encouragement to follow one's dreams. It is then followed by covers of some of the music industries' greatest artists: Rock With You by Michael Jackson, I Believe in You and Me by Whitney Houston, as well as Never Too Much by Luther Vandross. These vocal powerhouses have a classic sound that only the best would venture to cover and Williams doesn't disappoint. His vocal agility, in these three songs, showcases the energy of Michael, the sophistication of Whitney and bleeds the emotion of Luther. He then closes the work with a very thoughtful lullaby to God entitled "I Give You Praise" followed by a soul-stirring duet called the "Hymn Medley" featuring broadway star, Bryonha Marie Parham. Through this amazing collection of vocal prowess, fans can expect to hear the voice of Darryl J. Williams for many years to come.
Darryl Jovan Williams is a native of South Carolina. He began his singing career in the local churches in Jasper County also accompanying choirs at the piano from the age of 11.
Darryl's professional stage career started regionally in such shows as Singin' in the Rain, A Chorus Line, Ain't Misbehavin, The All Night Strut, The Meeting, Passing Strange and Once On This Island, Dreamgirls, and continued with The Wiz ( 40th Anniversary in Central Park) and Babes in Arms. He has performed in such Off-Broadway shows such as Mama I Want to Sing and Big Mama Stringbean the life of Ethel Waters (AUDELCO award nomination).
Darryl is the winner of the Americans Traditions Savannah Onstage International Soloist Competition, earning a Gold Medal, a Ten Thousand Dollar Grand Prize and an offer to sing for the Yachting Event for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Internationally, Darryl was invited by one of Germany's elite promoters, the late Mr. Michael Brenner, to tour Eastern Europe as Choir Director and guest soloist with Queen Esther Marrow and The Harlem Gospel Singers. His vocal prowess gained him rave reviews and won him the opportunity to perform for Pope (now Saint) John Paul II in Bologna, Italy.
Darryl has toured extensively in the Broadway hit Smokey Joe's Cafe with the legendary Gladys Knight which was a fixture at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Darryl has also created background vocals and sung behind such artists as Gladys Knight,Leslie Gore, Lisa Fischer, Ann Nesby, Louis St. Louis and Emmy Award winnerDave Pierce. His performance and background vocals with Leslie Gore at Feinstein's was lauded as one of the Top Ten Cabaret Shows in 2009.
Darryl has been the co-music arranger and vocal arranger for Sir. Andrew Lloyd Webber with the much-anticipated hit Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel in which he won rave reviews in his portrayal as Judas at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. Currently based in New York City, Darryl was a semi-finalist at the world famous Apollo Theatre and keeps a vocal studio of younger performers performing on Broadway and on national tours. Spring 2019 will feature two milestones for Darryl: he will be featured on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center singing background for Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, and his debut album "The Mind of a Tenor" will be available through CD Baby and at all digital outlets.