Meet Sharrie Williams

By: Mary Gajda A Life Well Sung Sharrie Williams learned early in life that you can’t always get what you want; but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A Saginaw native, Williams explained she felt the sting of rejection when she tried out for the pompom squad at Saginaw High School. “I really wanted to be a cheerleader, but I wasn’t qualified,” Williams explained. “In my sorrow of rejection, I found music … and I found out I was good at it.”
Sharrie Williams plays at the 100 Club as part of London Blues Week 2019, Oxford st London
Williams speaks fondly of Marian McKinnie, under whose direction she attended high school, crediting McKinnie for helping her bring acting into music. She also flourished under the choir directorship of Hubert J. Williams. Singing wasn’t her only passion. “It is my deepest compassion to help people,” Williams said. Her educational background is in social work, having earned a degree from the University of Phoenix. Fast-forward to now and Williams is well-known and sings regularly overseas, having recently returned from performing an all-women’s blues concert in London. As a songwriter, Williams writes original material, but also covers standards and is currently looking for management. She has toured in over 30 countries alongside major recording artists. Collaborations and appearances include Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry McCray, Sugar Blue, Bobby Bland, Walter Trout, Johnny Taylor and Joanna Connor, just to name a few. Williams’ accomplishments include being nominated for a Blues Music Award three times as well as the winning the 2012 Blues Album of the Year category from the prestigious L’Academie du Jazz in Paris. Her inspirations include Etta James, Kiki Taylor, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Shirley Ceasar, but Williams also credits her husband of 20 years, Norman “Pops” Crawford, for encouraging her to chase her dreams. The couple recently renewed their vows with a renewal ceremony. You could say music runs in her blood. Williams comes from a musical background with family singing in church, and when she’s in town you can find her singing praise and worship. She’s obviously passed her talent on. Williams’ eldest son, Charles Allen, went as far as the Hollywood segments on “American Idol” season 12. Along with her other son, Clinton, Williams is proud to be a grandmother of three boys and a girl. “Family comes first,” Williams said.
Sharrie Williams plays at the 100 Club as part of London Blues Week 2019, Oxford st London
Williams is a minister presently doing Worship on Fire, a conference that allows attendees to come together corporately and worship guilt free. She describes herself as a world changer. “It’s as simple as it sounds,” Williams said. “I work daily to be a conduit in the world to bring people to a place of peace and restoration … true love, music, laughter and joy. I believe we can change the world one person at a time.” The singer is also working on her next CD, a mix of gospel, blues and jazz titled “The World is in Trouble.” “I can’t wait until it comes out,” Williams exclaimed, “Oh, this one is going to be a good one!”  

By: Mary Gajda

A Life Well Sung

Sharrie Williams learned early in life that you can’t always get what you want; but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

A Saginaw native, Williams explained she felt the sting of rejection when she tried out for the pompom squad at Saginaw High School. “I really wanted to be a cheerleader, but I wasn’t qualified,” Williams explained. “In my sorrow of rejection, I found music … and I found out I was good at it.”

Sharrie Williams plays at the 100 Club as part of London Blues Week 2019, Oxford st London

Williams speaks fondly of Marian McKinnie, under whose direction she attended high school, crediting McKinnie for helping her bring acting into music. She also flourished under the choir directorship of Hubert J. Williams.

Singing wasn’t her only passion. “It is my deepest compassion to help people,” Williams said. Her educational background is in social work, having earned a degree from the University of Phoenix.

Fast-forward to now and Williams is well-known and sings regularly overseas, having recently returned from performing an all-women’s blues concert in London. As a songwriter, Williams writes original material, but also covers standards and is currently looking for management. She has toured in over 30 countries alongside major recording artists.

Collaborations and appearances include Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry McCray, Sugar Blue, Bobby Bland, Walter Trout, Johnny Taylor and Joanna Connor, just to name a few.

Williams’ accomplishments include being nominated for a Blues Music Award three times as well as the winning the 2012 Blues Album of the Year category from the prestigious L’Academie du Jazz in Paris.

Her inspirations include Etta James, Kiki Taylor, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Shirley Ceasar, but Williams also credits her husband of 20 years, Norman “Pops” Crawford, for encouraging her to chase her dreams. The couple recently renewed their vows with a renewal ceremony.

You could say music runs in her blood. Williams comes from a musical background with family singing in church, and when she’s in town you can find her singing praise and worship.

She’s obviously passed her talent on. Williams’ eldest son, Charles Allen, went as far as the Hollywood segments on “American Idol” season 12. Along with her other son, Clinton, Williams is proud to be a grandmother of three boys and a girl. “Family comes first,” Williams said.

Sharrie Williams plays at the 100 Club as part of London Blues Week 2019, Oxford st London

Williams is a minister presently doing Worship on Fire, a conference that allows attendees to come together corporately and worship guilt free.

She describes herself as a world changer.

“It’s as simple as it sounds,” Williams said. “I work daily to be a conduit in the world to bring people to a place of peace and restoration … true love, music, laughter and joy. I believe we can change the world one person at a time.”

The singer is also working on her next CD, a mix of gospel, blues and jazz titled “The World is in Trouble.”

“I can’t wait until it comes out,” Williams exclaimed, “Oh, this one is going to be a good one!”

 

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