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Angell Davis

November 17, 2013

A Legend’s Story

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Written by: Angell Davis
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“Ain’t it funny how the story ends exactly where it started?” This is the question Chris Williams poses in his first single release “I’ll be Alright.” Chris Williams’ story started when he began playing around with the drums at the age of 3. Through-out the years Chris learned to play drums, bass and lead guitar but keys is his primary instrument and allows him to carry the heart of the music. Remarkably, this rising star can’t read music but plays these instruments by ear. Music became the pure foundation to his being and would soon lead him to the heights of his destiny.

After serving 7 years in the U.S. Navy, Chris returned to his hometown, Jacksonville, FL., to focus on expanding his passion for music. He quickly made a name for himself by performing at open mic venues around town. He has played with several performers such as Joy Dennis and collaborated with great bands such as the Katz Downstairz.

“I played with the Katz Downstairz for nearly a year and it ended up being a grooming process for me. The founders of the band, Chris White and Earnest Jackson, taught me a lot and became more like mentors and big brothers to me. They were always there to give me advice and encouragement. They played a major part in helping me build confidence and stage presence.”

Shortly thereafter Chris formed his own trio band with the rhythmic drummer Julian “Doobie Jay” Seals and dynamic bassist Victor “Bizzy” Harris.

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The trio made an impact on the music scene and as the years progressed, Chris became a solo artist and soon gained notoriety from the CEO of Parriscope Entertainment, Inc. (PEInc), Elisha Parris. Elisha, an amazing musician and producer, would often request Chris to travel and perform with him. In 2011 Chris inquired about being signed with PEInc but was quickly denied the request. “Robin Williams, my aunt and co-owner of PEInc, immediately told me no when I asked to be signed.  I took that as a sign that she felt I wasn’t ready or that I needed to show them how serious I was. Several months later at Elisha’s birthday party, they surprised me by making an announcement that I was the newest artist being signed to the label.”

The union has forced Chris to grow up quickly when it comes to the industry and learning the business. “Working with PEInc has been a positive growing experience for me.  It made me understand that some of the ideas the artist may have are not necessarily bad ideas but from a business stand-point it has to be marketable. That realization can sometimes be crushing because you feel like this is what you believe and what you feel, but everything that you believe and feel is not going to sell.  The best part of being signed to PEInc is working with a CEO, Elisha Parris, who relates to both the business aspect of it and the artist side of it. He understands that we have to appeal to the audience and also the artist’s need to feel control of their own creativity.”

CD Cover 1500The label afforded Chris the opportunity to release a cd sample EP with his debut single “I’ll Be Alright.” “I’ll Be Alright” was originally written in 2007 at a vulnerable time in his life where he was just getting out of a relationship and going through some other issues.  “The song is so personal to me and others can relate to it regardless if they’re going through financial, emotional or relationship problems.  There aren’t too many songs out there that can uplift and encourage people.”  In October 2013, Chris celebrated the release of his first full length cd, Vintage Soul.

Vintage Soul is more of a tribute album to all good soul music, without being limited to any particular era. Chris wrote every song on the cd and blended a musical genre of funk, old school, new school and soul. “I have always loved old school music because it never sugar coated things. If someone in the older demographic would listen to my cd, it would take them back to a different era. If someone from this newer generation would listen to it, it would make them appreciate the old school era. The purpose of this cd is to really show people the way music once was and how it can continue to be that way but still be relevant to what’s going on with everything else.”  Chris recently appeared on The Morning Show to promote the Vintage Soul cd and released an electrifying music video to the title song “Vintage Soul.”

With the ability to write his own songs and play a variety of instruments, the comparison to Prince is inevitable. Chris admits that Prince, along with D’Angelo, was indeed a heavy influence in his life. “Prince inspires the musical side of who I am. It is an honor to be compared to him but it is also a huge cross to bear. He is on a massive level that seems unattainable and it’s hard to put myself in a place mentally to feel like I can reach that level.”  Although Prince has an admirable ability to tell stories in his songs that causes you to really think about its true meaning, Chris became more influenced by D’Angelo when it came to vocals. “I listened to D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar cd over and over again. At that time I was just starting to play in churches as a keyboard player, so I was influenced even more when I found out D’Angelo also played keys.”

On a personal level, Chris is inspired by both his mother and his grandfather. “My grandfather has always been a father figure to me and he is the ultimate man. He had his own construction business, fixed cars, cooked, cut hair, and even did yard work. He taught me the value of hard work and to take pride in everything that I do. My mom, being a single parent for a while, raised me and my siblings by herself. She was faced with challenges with my sister having a lot of medical issues and with my brother losing his hearing, but she continued to shine. From her I learned strength and perseverance by taking any situation and making the best of it.”

Chris’ own perseverance is molding him into a musical genius in his own right and streaming him quickly into the national arena. Chris Williams asks, “Ain’t it funny how the story ends exactly where it started?” Well, Chris’ story stemmed from a dream that has developed into quite a trail-blazing quest that will ultimately end exactly where it started….as a legend.

To learn more about Chris Williams and to order a copy of his Vintage Soul cd, visit www.Parriscope.net  or search his name on Reverbnation and Facebook. You can also download his cd and video on ITunes and You Tube.



About the Author

Angell Davis
Angell Davis
Angell Marcella Davis is a Cleveland, OH native who has always had a passion for writing. Poetic, thoughtful, opinionated, and driven; she has been determined to get NtoU to greater summits for the last seven years. So far on her quest for excellence, Angell has yet to fail. Her constant smile would lead many to believe that making NtoU happen is easy, hence many have tried and few endured. In her most honest moments, Angell has revealed that doing this on her own is exhausting to say the least. Virtuous, sensitive, empathetic, and compassionate; still she perseveres, because in her own words, “I want to be that light in their (the readers) dark place.” Click NT logo below to read more.




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