Tony Williams Singer/Songwriter
Tony Williams has earned his living writing and playing music for the last thirty years which is testament to the quality of what he does. An accomplished piano player (classically trained) he is also adept on the guitar. He sings with a passion for his music. As one critic remarked ….he not only has a great voice …he sings with sincerity. And it is this sincerity and belief in what he sings that sets Williams apart.
His song writing is diverse incorporating such influences as Sting, Dylan and Van Morrison. His music is grounded in melody and always tied to the essence of the lyric of which he has deft control. His songs are intelligent but still retain an emotive quality that beguiles the listener. You’ll find yourself humming the tunes long after you’ve heard them.
Tony Williams has won a number of awards for his song writing over the years including The Phillipines International Song awards in 1996, and the ASA songwriters award in 2005. He has released a number of albums in Australia and overseas. In 1992 his song ‘Fierce’ from the album Glass Canoe went to number two nationally in South Africa and ‘She Heals Me’ went to number one on the adult contemporary charts in Johannesburg . In 1995 he released a solo album Precious Cargo.
As creator , writer and founding member of vocal , comedy group ‘The BBQ Kings’ he received an ARIA nomination for best comedy album for ‘Tales from the Grill’ in 2009.
In 2010 the covers album ‘Piano Legends’ was released . The album is a beautiful blend of songs by piano greats from Elton John through to Stevie Wonder and Tom Waits. The album is just Williams singing and accompanied by himself on a grand piano. The whole album of thirteen songs was recorded in just one afternoon
In 2011 Williams has recorded and produced his latest album of songs called ‘For What it’s Worth’.It is a great blend of acoustic material with Williams again on piano and guitar and arranged with double bass, blues harp, percussion and steel and electric guitar. His voice is as good as it’s ever been and seems to mature with age like a good wine.
Live, he continues to perform solo and with guest players including Doug Weaver (slide guitar) Chris O’Leary (blues harp and percussion)and Adam Robinson (double bass).