Billy Williams, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, began playing drums at the age of ten at the Brotherly Love Church of God in Christ in Norfolk, VA under the leadership of his grandfather, Pastor Wilbert R. Miller. His mother, the church Minister of Music, watched him closely and nurtured his gift. The foundation of building a life that was Christ-centered shaped Billy’s outlook on the power of music. The life-long lessons of music MINISTRY, humility and professionalism learned during this time would also prove to be very vital to his career. Now, 27 and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Billy has had the opportunity to travel the world extensively as a performer and educator.
“As the jazz circle of creative music gets smaller, we can look at young men like Billy Williams to keep reminding us the beauty in study, deep musical application and vision. You can throw in great sound, touch, swing, improvisation and knowledge as well, because it’s there too. —Jae Sinnett, Jazz Artist/Clinician, Sonor and Sabian Artist