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.Canadian-born jazz vocalist Chris Williams 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 been performing in Southern California for more than a decade and currently resides in Anaheim, CA.
"He's having FUN, and the audience knows it and wants to join in on it," said Terence M. Love, owner of Steamers. "As a club owner, packing a house usually is a good indicator of how well-liked a performer is. Chris Williams not only fills the room each performance, his audience stays until the end of the night!"
Chris Williams won a 2007 Orange County Music Award for his Latin jazz. In addition, he performs straight-ahead and bebop jazz while infusing new twists into the old standards. Chris has been touted as a "Fabulous Find" by KLAC radio, featured on the Fox 11 News, and received radio recognition on KKJZ 88.1 FM with Helen Borgers and on KABC 790 AM with Doug McIntyre. In Canada, his music can be heard on AM740 in the Toronto area.
Love adds, "For Williams, it isn't that he knows how to sing jazz standards, but that he is a vocalist searching for more. A performance provides Chris the opportunity to learn, manipulate, reflect, and often dissect a tune in search of its feeling and meaning. Chris Williams always seems to achieve this goal, and does it with style and presence that makes it seem effortless. Don't miss this gifted, unpretentious gem."
Chris has performed with world-famous musicians such as Justo Almario (Tolu / Mongo Santamaria), Alex Acuna (Tolu / Weather Report), Mark Massey (Stephane Grappelli / Barbara Morrison), Dr. Scott Tibbs ( famed UCLA Theory and Composition instructor), Charles Small (Barbara Morrison), Dave Markee (Eric Clapton), Paul Donnelly (Jamie Cullum), Osama Afifi (B Sharp Quartet), Terry Landry (Natalie Cole) , Ernie Nunez (Brian Setzer Orchestra), Caleb Quay ( Elton John ) and Steve Crum (Diana Ross).
He has also performed with many rising stars on the international jazz scene such as Lisa Harriton (USC Alumni) , Matt Politano (North Texas Lab Band) , Jillian Lebeck and Kavan Manson (Both Yamaha Rising Star Award winners), Gina Saputo (Tierney Sutton protégé ), Will Cruse (Jeff Hamilton protégé), Justin Ray (Michael Buble) and many others.
"Blessed with great intonation, a true sense of rhythm, and the stage presence of a seasoned veteran, Williams always delivers, and delivers well," Terence M. Love said. "Having witnessed 13 years of great jazz vocalists on the stage of Steamers like George Benson, Diana Krall, Karrin Allyson, and Rebecca Parris, I can add, without hesitation, Chris Williams to the list."
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Chris began by singing gospel music in his parents' church as a young boy. After moving to White Rock, British Columbia, he studied under the highly acclaimed musical director Dave Proznick at Semiahmoo Secondary School. While in this program, Chris began performing professionally as a drummer and vocalist. 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.
He has since performed at many prestigious venues including The Bing Crosby Estate, Catalina Bar and Grill, The Jazz Bakery, Steamers Jazz Club, The Lighthouse, Charlie O's, The Ritz Carlton Jazz Series, Disneyland and California Adventure Theme Parks in addition to performances at many local jazz festivals. Chris has been received with great admiration and acclaim on tours in Europe (February 2004) and Canada (May 2005). Earlier this year at the 2007 Orange County Music Awards, Chris received the award for Best Latin for his Latin jazz rendition of "Comes Love". "Comes Love" was originally written and composed by Lew Brown, Sammy Stept, and Charles Tobias and is featured on Chris' album, "premoderism".
The 2011 Orange County Music Awards begins at 8:00 PM on March 3 at the Grove of Anaheim. Additional information on the Orange County Music Awards can be found at http://www.ocmusicawards.com.
About Chris Williams
Chris Williams has been performing professionally since he was fifteen years old. Now at 33, 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 can be seen the third Tuesday each month at the Steamers Jazz Club in Fullerton and various venues around Orange County. His full schedule can be viewed online at www.cwjazz.com. Video footage can be seen on his YouTube channel at youtube.com/cwjazzmusic. Fans can follow Chris on Facebook at facebook.com/cwjazz and on Twitter at twitter.com/cwjazzmusic.