Music opens doors

Nelson - Easley, South Carolina
Entered on February 25, 2009
Age Group: 30 - 50
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“Music Opened Doors Unseen”

I believe that music has opened the door to opportunities and places I thought I would never go and see. I believe that music is the mold that holds my family together. I believe that music has done things unimaginable to my mind’s eye.

I have been a musician/singer for a little over 29 years now. I have been places and seen things I could only dream about as a child. Born the fourth child of a family of six siblings, I was raised around music. My mother used to sing as she got supper ready, while my dad was tuning his vintage Fender Jazz precision bass getting ready to go to rehearsal with a group my mom, my uncles and her sisters had formed together.

My brothers and I were the most creative and optimistic little boys in our neighborhood at the time, creating drum kits from old paint buckets and saw blades we’d find lying around the yard. I remember people from all over our little neighborhood would come to hear “them Williams’ boys” tapping on those buckets as if they were the most expensive drums money could buy. As time went on, my interest in music had seemed to grow. By the time I was nine, I was singing in the choir at our church, playing the bass, and as well as the drums also.

By the time I was eighteen, I was playing the piano for an R&B group called “Velvet” opening for Boyz 2 Men at OkiFest in Okinawa, Japan. By then my love for music was turning into great opportunities. I was in the Marine Corps at the time and I had just received orders to California were I landed another job with a house band at the infamous “House of Blues”. I had the opportunity to meet one of my all time favorites, Mr. B.B. King, also known as “the King of the Blues”. I watched in complete awe as he tickled the strings of the Gibson Les Paul guitar known to the world as “Lucille”. I remember saying to myself that this was a dream come true.

I was honorably discharged from service in 2002 while I was living in North Carolina. While there, my god-brother and I had the opportunity to play with a band for a play written by Tyler Perry called “What’s Done in the Dark”. After three years in North Carolina, I moved back to Georgia where I started playing for a gospel group named “Ordained”. I am still currently playing piano and singing with these guys and I love it.

From a little small house crowded with my big loving family to playing on the same stage as the great B.B. King, music has given me more than I could ever ask for. God has truly given me a gift to spread to the world and I am enjoying the ride.