T. L. Williams
A certain level of artistry evolves when you combine R&B, Jazz, & Pop, with trumpet, piano, bass, and one man. Singer/songwriter/producer T. L. Williams is a voice of a new generation. While redefining today’s music T. L. has found a way to weave together extreme varieties of musical genres and instrumentation to create a new fusion of true music. Born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago, T. L. Williams started picking up the keys to success as early as age 4; watching his family’s band rehearse in his west suburban Bellwood home. After being introduced to piano by his father, it wasn’t long before T. L. was playing everything from Stevie Wonder to Ludwig Van Beethoven. T. L. soon became one of the top musicians in the state, earning him a chance to play and receive tutelage from one Wynton Marsalis. Not to mention gracing the stage with the likes of The Wu-tang Clan, Friendly Fires, Twista, & Herbie Hancock. Continuing in his career, T. L. soon picked up the elements of music production and began producing for seminal Chicago music figures such as Rhymefest, & Symbolyc One (S1). In 2013, under his production company Storm Chaser Entertainment, & with the help of newly formed management team The Wil’Da Group; T. L. independently released his debut LP “Life In Your Mid 20’s”. It’s breakout hit, “Gettin Mo Money Than You”, continues to receive significant buzz nationwide. The debut was followed up with a 4-track EP entitled “Joy Ride”. It’s title track, along with the hits “You Ain’t Going” & the Melissa Clark assisted “Life Without You”, topped the charts on various college radio stations nationwide. T. L. was also graced with the privilege to have been under the wing of legendary producer Carl Davis. Known for his work with artists such as Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, and the Chi-Lites, as well as chart topping singles “(You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher” and “Duke Of Earl”. Davis took a hands-on approach in helping to mold T. L. into the artist that he his today. Before his passing in 2012 Davis gave T. L. exclusive rights to reproduce 10 of his greatest hits. T. L. plans to release these remakes on a tribute album later on in his career. This summer marks the release of the follow-up LP The T. L. Williams Experience; a highly anticipated project Williams worked on with members of Storm Chaser Entertainment. The album includes hits such as the Majestic “All White Party Wearing Black”,a smooth hard-hitting bounce entitled, “Caviar”, & the cinematic “Condescension”.
Outside of the music, T. L. is becoming a hot commodity as an actor as well. He is an alumna of the conservatory at The Second City, Chicago’s historic improv mecca. With all this, T. L. still finds time to be an instructor, working with Donda’s House; the Chicago based organization (started by Kanye West, Che “Rhymefest” Smith & Donnie Smith) dedicated to providing arts & artist development opportunities for youth.
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