Ralph Williams Jr.
By the time Ralph was eight years old he was singing in church choir groups and with neighborhood kids. Noticing his distinct musical gift, his family encouraged Him to pursue his vocal and percussion abilities. His talents were further enhanced at Southern Illinois University where he majored in Music Education studying voice, and piano.
Besides putting on musical productions, playing congas, kalimbas, and piano with various bands, singing at various functions, Ralph spent several months at Tuffgong Recording Studio in Kingston, Jamaica where he recorded commercial jingles and co-produced local artist.
In 1988 Ralph went into the studio again to record “Jah Gonna Bring Them Down” recorded on the ZGweet Records label (an independent company co-founded by Ralph, Eugene Fortune and Alfredrick Harris.
In the early 1990’s Ralph spent time as associate producer, writer, and vocalist at Cogito ergo Sum Recording Studio in E.St.Louis,Ill. And also freelanced as a musician/vocalist in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
1996? The move to Madison, Wi. inspired new and vigorating material such as “Lake Monona” and “Glass Box”.
Currently Ralph is lead vocalist with a trio performing in the E.St.Louis area.
In the spring of 1999 Ralph’s 1st cd “The Stuff We Are Made Of” hit the air waves recorded on the ZGweet Records label.
As the music of the ancients pierce through the future, take heed of Ralph Williams Jr.
All musical selections can be heard upon request.
*Collections of Works by Ralph Williams Jr. Parts 1-5, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Ralph Williams recently performed for the first time at Tavern of Fine Arts. Hopefully it will be the first of many engagements to come. His knowledge of the jazz repertoire is vast and his style and finesse are infectious.
Aaron Johnson - Tavern of Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO.
An amazing evening of Jazz... Ralph Williams Group... Jam-packed house. An incredible night of music. Thanks gentlemen!
Charles Hess - Cigar Inn Jazz Club, Belleville, IL.