Hailing from Nashville, but nothing like your typical Nashville songwriter, Christopher Williams is a songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer - offering songs that are honest and confessional, yet never over bearing; and performances that engage audiences with an appealing mix of intense passion and humor. With “lush guitar work, and sweet soaring vocals,” (Boston Phoenix) punctuated by the percussive vulnerability of a single African djembe hand drum and that stunning baritone voice, Williams continues to be a “hard-touring singer-songwriter and a master at spreading his personal energy out into a live audience.” (Madison Isthmus) Touring nonstop nationally for the last fifteen years at a pace of more than 120 shows a year, Williams has built a faithful following of listeners around the country and is a true independent artist, releasing ten records on his own label. He has toured with Grammy Award winning band Jars of Clay, opening for, as well as playing percussion with the band and has also played with songwriter luminaries Arlo Guthrie, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, Patty Larkin and Ellis Paul. With the release of his new CD ‘The City Makes The Man,’ Williams returns to his singer songwriter sound with a stripped down acoustic record reminiscent of his engaging live concerts. With an impressive collection of songs, there comes a certain comfort with the style and vibe of this recording and as Williams has said, 'This record is one that you need to listen to in its entirety from the very first note to the last. In my need to find rest over the last couple years, I had to create that space, and all of these songs came from that quiet. So find 37 minutes to sit and listen and engage with these songs, as I think there is a message that runs throughout that needs to be heard.' For more, click here.
Brothers McClurg’s legacy of music and ministry spans three generations and has a rich heritage of serving the local church. What started out as two bands fronted by brothers Anthony and Chris Hoisington, has turned into a group of Christian brothers who share a desire to see lives changed through worship. The band name pays homage to Anthony and Chris’ greatest influence: their maternal grandfather Pastor Bill McClurg, who led the southern gospel group The McClurg Family Singers.
“We see it as a way of continuing the legacy and ministry while giving it a fresh vision,” says Chris.
Hailing from Buffalo, the band has brought warmth and hope to an area known for its frigid winters, as well as its depressed economy—now making national headlines for as upswing. The band’s mission is to carry Jesus’ message of life, hope and forgiveness to a cities that have been told they’re dead, hopeless and forgotten. Click here for more.