The Williams Brothers
Organization: The group was organized in 1960 by Leon “Pop” Williams who is the founder and father of The Williams Brothers. They were known as The Little Williams Brothers. As the group grew in talent, experience and performance, the name was later changed to The Sensational Williams Brothers. Today the group is simply called, The Williams Brothers.
All of the group members were born an reared in Mississippi in a little community called “Smithdale” which connects with two small counties named Franklin and Amite, about one hundred miles south of Jackson, MS. And all of the members came from very religious backgrounds.
Recording Success: The group recorded its first album in 1973 on The Songbird label, which included the instant hit, “Jesus Will Fix It”. Since then they have recorded eighteen (18) top ten albums in Billboard and Cashbox magazines, out of which came three (3) number one records and three (3) Grammy nominations. Their repertoire of hits include songs such as, “Jesus Will Never Say No”, “I Won’t Let Go My Faith”, “He’ll Understand”, “Sweep Around Your Own Front Door”, “The Goat”, “I’m Just A Nobody”, “Jesus Will Fix It”, “Cover Me”, “In A Very Big Way” and “Ship Like Mine”, to name a few. They also performed on The Winans Grammy award winning song, “Ain’t No Need To Worry”, featuring Anita Baker. In the month of April 1991 the group 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 #4 on Billboard Magazine’s gospel chart. They were also nominated for a Grammy Award for this same album in the category of “Best Performance Group or Duo” (Traditional) 1991. In January 1995, their release entitled “In This Place”, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts, was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Soul Gospel Album” (Traditional) and won a Stellar Award for “Best Performance By A Group or Duo” (Traditional) 1995. Their latest album entitled “Still Standing” featuring Stevie Wonder on the song “Too Close”, released in May 1997, remained on the Billboard gospel for 12 months, and has sold over 125,000 units. This project was nominated for five (5) Stellar Awards in 1998, Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year, Traditional Group/Duo of the Year, and Traditional Album of the Year.