Singer-songwriter Sam Williams is the youngest son of renegade country legend Hank Williams Jr., which of course, also means he's the grandson of perhaps country music's original outlaw superstar, Hank Williams Sr. The 22-year old Nashville resident has been gradually stepping into the music business, releasing singles "Darkwater" in 2016 and "The Lost Grandchild's Plea" in 2018. His latest offering, "Gemini" is a folk-driven Americana gem that Williams originally wrote as a poem before he realized its potential as a song.
"When I started writing songs before securing a pub deal, I'd write poems that I knew could be my songs," Williams said. "Gemini was a co-write with the lovely Jaida Dreyer. I'm pretty good at knowing what I want to say and what I don't, and that day I wanted to outline all these opposites in my life. One day I can be as impressive as can be, the next day I might fault harder than I ever have. We all deal with that. "Gemini" was written at a time when I was really digging into Billie Eilish music and that's how I figured I wanted the chorus to fall much different than the listener may expect.
"My dad didn't play music in the house, and it was a thing I had to grow into. I had to learn my family's catalogue on my own and see what it meant for me. My sister Holly is also a tremendous influence for me. I've been the tipsy guy singing that song with him on stage before, but nowadays I take it very seriously and feel so blessed to get to sing beside him. He is a miracle in every sense and entertains like no other. I'm just waiting on singing "Weatherman" together."
As the son of Hank Williams, Jr., Sam Williams inherited the gift of wondrous country lyricism and a vocal talent that his father believes is best in the family. (CMT) With a striking tone and poetic approach to songwriting, Williams is poised to leave his own legacy on Country Music, unafraid to push his own creative limits and break through the self-inflicted limitations that threaten the genre as a whole. In the words of his late grandfather Hank, "To sing like a hillbilly, you had to have lived like a hillbilly. You had to have smelt a lot of mule manure." Sam jokes, I haven't done that so why would I try." Inspired by the new Nashville with artists like Maren Morris, Margo Price, Tyler Childers, Ruston Kelly and more blurring genre lines, the CMT "Indie You Need To Know" feels it's his time to share what he's been working on to forge his own path, with a bit of grit and rebellion for good measure. Influenced by artists from Billie Eilish to Dolly Parton, his sister Holly Williams to Drake, it's easy to see why so many have been keeping a close watch on him in anticipation of what's to come. Born in Nashville in the season of the Gemini and raised on Highway 79 in Paris, TN, Williams cared more about sports than he did following in his father's footsteps. Now 22, he's found himself using poetry and songwriting as therapy to get out the things he needs to say, important to him that it's straight from the heart. He attended Belmont University for 2.5 years studying Entertainment Industry before deciding to leave to pursue his music. In 2016, he released his debut single "Darkwater" showcasing his funky folk sound and a whole lotta' blues. He followed up with "The Lost Grandchild's Plea" in 2018, an ode to his grandparents he never knew, Hank and Audrey Williams. His sister Hilary has said. "people call us the Country Kennedys, because of all the trauma that has happened in the Williams family. We're fighters and survivors." Williams has a global publishing and artist development deal with Get It Done Music Entertainment (Missi Gallimore / Gary Borman) & Kobalt. He's collaborated with writers Lori McKenna, Shawn Camp, Dan Tyminski, Jim Lauderdale, Mary Gauthier and more, penning over 40 songs in the past year. He's played a handful of shows across the country, some appearances opening for the likes of Corey Smith and Frank Foster. Looking ahead, he's excited for what's to come and for the own torch he's sure to carry, not allowing anyone to put it out. His current single, "Gemini" was co-written with Jaida Dreyer (Reba, Sunny Sweeney, Luke Bryan) and released on June 21, the last day of Gemini season.