BIOGRAPHY

Detroit-bred Brandon Williams’ life has always included music in some capacity. First as a listener, then as a musician, and ultimately, as a producer. He is a musical architect that is quickly making his name and stake as a front-runner in the music industry with the release of his 2014 debut album entitled XII featuring Robert Glasper, Jean Baylor (formerly of Zhane’), Frank McComb, Nicholas Payton, Choklate, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and more. The album has received high praises from musical luminaries such as Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick (Incognito), Chuckii Booker, Maysa Leak, Ledisi, Rahsaan Patterson, Marion Meadows, Dianne Reeves, Sinbad, Will Dowing, Jill Scott and many others. He has also been personally endorsed as a great producer by the lenegdary Quincy Jones.

On the music scene since he was 12, his career is quite impressive. A direct protégé of Grammy and Billboard super producer Michael J. Powell (Anita Baker), he is a powerhouse of musical knowledge and abilities, receiving requests to perform, engineer, MD, arrange and produce around the clock. Known as one of the premiere drummers on Detroit’s live music scene, he is also known for being one of the “go-to music guys” in general because of his gift to play numerous instruments and his versatile repertoire. In 2009, he collaborated with Vickie Winans on “How I Got Over”. The album earned him 9 Stellar Awards nominations (winning one), a Grammy Award nomination, and a NAACP Image Award. As a musician and producer he has worked alongside and lent his hand to such artists as; Pharoahe Monch, Bobby Creekwater, Jadakiss, Dr. Dre, Jazmine Sullivan, Foley (Miles Davis), Alchemist, Xzibit, Lin Rountree, Barrett Strong, Jay Electronica, Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye, Minnie Ripperton), Eminem, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Don Blackman, Bernard Wright, Jeymes Samuels, and Ryan Leslie. His production work can also be heard in various television commercials which include the 2011 AT&T “Swag/FLY ERRR” TV commercial, the 2015 “Honda Fit” TV commercial featuring ?uestlove (The Roots, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), and the 2016 AT&T "Network Of You" spot featuring Young Guru (Jay-Z).

At 37 years old, he is a tastemaker with an undeniable track record. As an musician, he has performed with Musiq Soulchild, Chantae Cann (Snarky Puppy), Talib Kweli, Dionne Ferris, Eric Roberson, Najee, Angie Stone, Wyclef Jean of The Fugees, Raheem DeVaughn, Keyon Harrold (Miles Ahead), Gordon Chambers, Rance Allen, Ronnie McNair (The Four Tops) Kevin Toney, Kim Burrell, Carvin Winans, Jaguar Wright, Derrick Hodge, Gene Dunlap, Johnny O'Neal, Geno Young, Talib Kweli, Earnest Pugh, Millie Scott, Martha Reeves, The Last Poets, Sy Smith, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, Conya Doss, Mike Phillips, and Sherry Scott, formerly of Earth, Wind & Fire. He’s also opened for some of the industry's finest including; Faith Evans, Morris Day and The Time, Jose James, The Isley Brothers, Angela Winbush, Janelle Monae, George Duke, Liv Warfield, Regina Belle, P.J. Morton (Maroon 5), Joe Sample, Norman Brown, and Jonathan Butler,  just to name a few. He's even performed for Earvin "Magic" Johnson, MC Lyte, Holly Robinson-Peete, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds, Ray), Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Spike Lee.
 
Performing with national tours, and with his own bands, he’s graced the stages of Detroit's premier venues, and he’s also had national exposure at hot spots such as the legendary Bitter End in NYC, the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, City Winery, and the House of Blues in Dallas. As a producer, Brandon has worked in studios across the world from New York, to The Caribbean and even South Africa. Because of his plethora of abilities, he has acquired the respect of many legendary artists that he now calls friends including; the late artists George Duke, Ricky Lawson, and James 'J. Dilla' Yancey, along with Denaun Porter, George Clinton, Lalah Hathaway, Karriem Riggins, Randy Crawford and a host of others. He’s also recorded with the legendary Stevie Wonder.

In his own words- "While always listening to the whispers of God during the creative process, I'm striving to continue to be among the people that bring good music back to the forefront of the world's ear. Real good, feel good, life-altering, soul healing music is what I'm all about."

ACCOLADES

 
  • Grammy Award Nomination - Vickie Winans' "How I Got Over" (2009)
  • Stellar Award Winner -  Vickie Winans' "How I Got Over" (2010)
  • Featured in the "Who's Who in Black Detroit" (2010)
  • NAACP Image Award Nomination - Vickie Winans' "How I Got Over" (2010)
  • Top 5 Winner - Lalah Hathaway Remix Contest for "My Everything" (2012)
  • Detroit Black Music Award Winner - Entertainer of The Year (2012)
  • Best Local Band - HOUR Detroit Magazine (2013)
  • Detroit Black Music Award Winner - Drummer of The Year (2013)
  • Best Of 2013 - Detroit Sounds Like This (2013)
  • Detroit's Best Producer Award Nomination -WGPR 107.5 FM (2013)
  • Outstanding Jazz Recording - Detroit Music Awards (2014)
  • Album of the Year - Soultracks Critics' Pick (2014)
  • National Small / Independent Album - Detroit Music Awards (2015)
  • Outstanding Urban Musician - Detroit Music Awards (2015)
  • Outstanding Urban Songwriter - Detroit Music Awards (2015)
  • New Artist of the Year - Soultracks Readers' Choice Award (2015)
  • Outstanding Jazz Composer - Detroit Music Awards (2016)
  • Outstanding Urban Artist - Detroit Music Awards (2016)
  • Outstanding Urban Songwriter - Detroit Music Awards (2016)
  • Outstanding Urban Recording - Detroit Music Awards (2016)

QUOTES

"Williams is one of the leaders of a new school of artists with throw-back sensibilities that echo the rich history of Detroit’s music past, but with forward-thinking concepts that ensure that its future is in good hands. "

Chris Campbell - WDET


“I've written and recorded songs with this brother for over a decade and want to tell you that this project WILL set a new standard in music.”

~Lin Rountree
 

“B. Williams is and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry as he continues to touch and inspire the masses with his music.”

Keisha Lynn - Detroit Jazz Magazine

"B. Williams is one of the best musical minds working in the country today. A drummer of tremedous power and sensitivity, Williams is better known in the R&B genre as a producer and conceptualizer of sound. Not yet 35, Williams has the ability to make his bandmates sound good everytime out."

~Skip Norris
~Notes from a Jazz Warrior, Thoughts on Jazz and American Culture


“B. Williams is a chameleon of music, able to fluently play any genre as it's second nature to him." 
~LaDarrel Johnson

 
 *B. Williams uses ProMark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, Puresound Snare Wires, TRX Cymbals, and GruvGear Bags exclusively.*