Bluegrass / Blues / Country / Folk
A veteran at the age of 25, Williams found his calling as child growing up in Lyttelton, New Zealand to a painter mother and an industrial punk musician father. Williams combined his family’s Maori upbringing with the vocal epiphanies he discovered in the school choir and then in nearby Christchurch’s cathedral ensemble. The Unfaithful Ways, his band of fellow fallen choirboys, was becoming a hot local live draw.
Williams won Best Male and Breakthrough Artist at the 2015 New Zealand Music Awards and was nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album at the ARIA Awards, alongside nominations for the coveted Taite Music Prize and Australian Music Prize. His album was released internationally in February 2016 through Dead Oceans, and Williams spent 2016 selling out shows throughout North America and UK/Europe. Now in 2018 he's still going strong, receiving critical praise for his lovelorn Make Way for Love, which was released in February.
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