This singing guitarist has been a familiar face in regional venues for years, when not making trips to L.A. and Nashville to showcase and collaborate with other, more established songwriters many of whom boast major chart hits and Grammy/Oscars on their own). He’s independently released a handful of impressive albums filled with material that runs the gamut from quiet, contemplative modern folk to steamy ’70s style hard rock and lush, dreamy, radio-ready pop.
Signed to a licensing/publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music in 2002, he has seen his original tunes used in several indie films and network TV series around the world. Armed with lyrical sensibilities informed by the classic Stratocaster poets (Dylan and Hendrix), and the vocal chops to pull off even demanding love songs that would not seem out of place soaring over the credits of an epic Disney movie, he remains a monster (if still criminally underexposed) talent.
He’s played a cross-country theater tour of the USA and shared the stage with such legendary artists as JOHN MAYER, LYLE LOVETT, BONNIE RAITT, THE INDIGO GIRLS, BUTCH WALKER, TONY ARATA, SHAWN MULLINS, ANGIE APARO, WEBB WILDER, EDWIN McCAIN, GREAT WHITE, VINX, THE SWIMMING POOL Q’S and the late, great WARREN ZEVON, to name just a few.
He’s played top acoustic listening rooms on the East and West Coasts – including Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, and L.A.’s Genghis Cohen and Canter’s Deli. He was also invited to play a special showcase event for outstanding area musicians at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Greg was named Best Acoustic Artist in 2005 and Best Local Songwriter in 2006 by the esteemed alt.weekly CONNECT SAVANNAH.
Reviewing Greg’s latest full-length CD, CATERPILLAR, the SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS said: “Listening to Greg Williams’ latest recording is not like listening at all. It’s like crawling into silky sheets with a down comforter against your head, like riding slowly thru the desert at dusk, like feeling that sensation you get after a plane takes off and you are suspended above the earth on air alone.”
The internationally known magazine PERFORMING SONGWRITER labeled Greg “a performing songwriter to watch,” calling him “an overnight sensation in the making.”
Music industry veterans the Kings of A&R described Greg as an “extremely gifted and versatile performer who writes great, classic rock and blues.”
Greg Williams is, simply put, one of Savannah, GA’s musical treasures. A gem of a singing lyricist with dazzling vocal control and range, as well as a nuanced guitarist with chops, taste and tone to spare.
“Why Greg Williams isn’t insanely popular on a national level is one of the many great mysteries of the local Savannah scene,” says the SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS.
However, it’s no mystery when one considers that massively talented and deserving artists of all stripes are hiding in plain sight throughout the world. Without the benefit of a massive promotional budget or major label support, stellar acts like Greg toil in the shadows, doing great work that goes largely unheard and unnoticed by the vast majority of folks who love the kind of songs he writes and the sort of records he makes.
Now, after taking a few years off the road to write new material and raise his young daughter, Greg has rededicated himself to his musical career. He plans to remaster and reissue all of his early material online (much of which had fallen out of print), and is actively booking both headlining club and coffeehouse dates, as well as support slots for larger acts.