"Arguably the best acoustic act in Philly" - Pete Lieber (Brittingham's February 15, 2014)
Herremans Foundation "Hoops For Help" (March 28, 2013)
ROCKPAPERINK (November 2, 2012)
After Hours Radio - By Ryan Quinn (October 15, 2012)
Pop-Break.com - By Bill Bodkin (September 26, 2012)
The Creative Spotlight - By Frank Iacono (September 11, 2012)
Tim Williams: Never Stopping, Always Live (THAT MAG, Philadelphia, PA - 7/2/12)
Wedding Testimonial - Ryan DeCesare-Coyle (May 19, 2012)
"When it came to choosing a musician for our ceremony and cocktail hour we were totally lost. My husband and I knew we wanted an acoustic guitarist and wanted the mood of the music to by light and fun. Trying to find reviews for musicians who played in Central New Jersey proved difficult to say the least, but we didn't just want to go by reviews either. We chose a few that we were able to find and went to listen and honestly weren't impressed by most. On a whim, we turned to Facebook and asked our friends if they knew of any good acoustic guitarists in the area. Tim was suggested twice in the responses that we received. We went to listen to him one night at a local bar and, by far, Tim was the best we had gone to see; so we immediately booked him. Tim completely exceeded our expectations for the day. We received literally countless compliments from our guests on how fantastic the music was. Even one of the staff at our venue asked who our musician was so she could book him for a party she was having. Tim's professionalism, responsiveness, quality of sound, musicality, set list and flexibility (he learned a song for us) are bar none - the best. I highly recommend Tim Williams for any special occasion and hope to be able to work with him again in the future."
Radio 104.5 Contest (May 4, 2012)
"Selected to play to a crowd of 5,000+ people - opening for Of Monsters and Men at the Radio 104.5 Sumer Block Party at the Piazza at Schmidt's in Philadelphia on July 28th, 2012"
M.A.D. Wednesday Interview Series: Tim Williams (8/31/2011)
Tim Williams headlines The Downtown in Red Bank, NJ and Pop-Break.com profiles the Philly-based, NJ-raised Singer/Songwriter.
Wawa Welcome America Contest (June 25, 2011)
Selected as a Finalist out of 40+ bands and performed live at Riverstage on Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Hosted by Patty Jackson, judges included ?uestlove of The Roots and Geoff Gordon, President of Live Nation.
Radio 104.5 Contest (May 20, 2011)
"Runner-up out of 200+ bands in the Radio 104.5 Contest to open for Weezer and Panic! at the Disco @ Festival Pier"
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Ty Pennington, National Hardware Show - "Mark and Theresa's MyFixItUpLife" (May 11, 2011)
"He's (Tim's) a jingle master."
Acclaimed Actor & Activist Ed Begley, Jr., National Hardware Show - "Mark and Theresa's MyFixItUpLife" (May 10, 2011)
"I thought he (Tim) was going to be just another guy with a guitar. But he's great. He's a rockstar."
NBC's The 10! Show (April 13, 2011)
Tim Williams and The Delicate Few perform their song "Breeze" on Philadelphia television
Mark & Theresa Clement, www.MyFixItUpLife.com (Jan 18, 2011)
"While it's cool to be the subject of a song, Tim has - like all great artists - transcended his subject and made it universally appealling to anyone. In other words, I think he has a hit on his hands."
93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes Homey Awards (January 1, 2011)
"Nominated and voted as a finalist for 'Song of the Year' (Back Again) and 'Best Male Artist'"
Mark Rogers, Hometown Heroes, 93.7 FM WSTW, 10/10/10.
"This guy, he's a very talented Singer/Songwriter. And if you go down to see any ballgames, down at Citizens Bank Park, you might have seen Tim Williams. He plays a lot of times at McFadden's after the games are done. Well, he went a step further - he wrote a song in honor of the Phillies and their playoffs here and hopefully their return to winning the World Series in a couple weeks. Anyway, you can see him Thursday Night, he'll be playing at Baxters in Paoli, Friday at Creed's in King of Prussia, and a week from tonight at Bourbon Blue up in Manayunk. Go to TimWilliams.com and this is his new song, it's called "Back Again"... Again it's about the Phillies and you can get it on iTunes if you like it, and I think you will. Here's Tim Williams, 93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes"
Jaxon's Local Shots: The Podcast, 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia (Sep 11, 2009)
"I think you're gonna dig this. It's off a CD called 'We Begin'. Tim Williams and a song called 'Seem To Miss'.
The Phoenix (Phoenixville, PA), 7/7/09
LOCAL MUSICIAN, TIM WILLIAMS RELEASES FIRST ALBUM
By JESSA BARTLEY-MATTHEWS
On what may turn out to be the most important night in his budding career, Tim Williams is strangely calm. It's 7:45pm on the night of his CD release party in Philadelphiaâ€”the crowd is growing, excitement is building, and although each minute brings Williams' appearance on stage closer, he is smiling and relaxed as we chat in the stairwell at the World CafÃ©e Live Downstairs. "It's surreal," says Williams, who has been setting up since five o'clock. "I would best describe it as a kid on Christmas Eve. It's one of those things that will hit me a couple weeks from now."
Williams, a West Chester native who currently lives in Oaks, has every right to be relaxedâ€”he's in his element, surrounded by friends, family, and supportive fans who shout encouragement to him throughout the interview. "This feels like a homecoming show," says Williams. "This feels like a nice, safe bubble to be playing in, because I have the support of all my friends and family that live in the area. It's because of them that I actually get to do this for a living tonight."
He hasn't always lived locally, however. Before the age of 11, Williams had lived in Florida, Ohio, and Pittsburgh. His family later moved to Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, and he left soon after to attend St. Joseph's University. "There's always been an imaginary line tugging me back to this area," says Williams. "I'm slowly inching my way back to where I was born."
A self-described jock who grew up in a house with three brothers, Williams chose music over athletics during his senior year of high school, quitting the basketball team to play Danny Zuko in his school's production of Grease. After the performance, Williams was hooked, and went on to perform in about a dozen plays and musicals during his time at St. Joseph's University. Though "We Begin" features a full band, the musical process for Williams begins on paper with free-written lyrics, to which he later adds instrumentation.
Williams' origins as a cover artist can be traced back to college, where he performed covers at a few open-mic nights. "I always had a guitar and I always just messed around with a couple cover songs," says Williams. It wasn't until about a year after college, when he was working as a marketing intern at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, that Williams realized he could translate his outgoing personality and strong vocals into a viable career. Williams says, "I took a bartending job in Ambler to pay the bills, and these guys would come through on Friday and Saturday nights earning a living playing cover songs with them and their acoustic guitars, and I never knew you could do that."
Following this revelation, Williams spent the next few months learning as many cover songs as he could, and soon found himself playing covers at the restaurant where he bartended in Ambler. According to Williams, owners Sean Coyle and David Correia booked him to play every Thursday night, giving him the opportunity to develop as an artist. A year after his first show, Williams began playing at area venues five nights a week. Though Williams will play everything from Beyonce to Taylor Swift at local gigs, his favorite cover to perform is "Thunder Road," by Bruce Springsteen. "It's kind of a tip of the cap to Jersey," says Williams. He adds that, "The funnier songs actually go over better than the more serious songs."
The entire time he has been performing cover shows, Williams has been writing his own songs and testing them on crowds at local venues. This is particularly true at Bourbon Blue in Manayunk, where Williams performs every Sunday night at eight o'clock in front of friends, co-workers, and local fans. "It's our Cheers," says Williams. "That's where I can experiment with new originals and new cover songs." Other local venues include Phoenixville's
Epicurean Restaurant, Baxter's Great Valley, and McFadden's at the ballpark.
The Album, titled "We Begin," contains six original songs that combine Williams' strong lyrics and vocals to create a sound that, while influenced by the Counting Crows and Matt Nathanson, is uniquely his own.
The songs are personal, drawn from everyday experiences and pieced together over the course of the past few years.
Over the past four months, Williams has worked closely with Matt Santry, who produced the album. Aside from teaching Williams the business aspects of making an album, Santry shared his songwriting knowledge with Williams. "On songs like Seem to Miss, which is on the EP, the chorus was so wordy and so long, it didn't have a strong hooky melody," says Williams.
"He helped me work out the kinks in terms of keeping it concise." The band, which features Santry, Clay McElwee, Kjell Benner, Ron DiSilvestro, Brian Aglira, and Sachino Tsinadze, brings the lyrics to life.
Though he writes and sings the songs on the album, Williams attributes the positive outcome of "We Begin" to friends such as Santry, who lent their talent as musicians and experience in the business to the effort.
Williams says, "This is really possible because I was surrounded by so many people who had done this already and who were willing to help me out. It's such a daunting process to get into when you don't know it. I realized how green I was to the recording process on day one."
Williams has high hopes for "We Begin," and is already looking ahead to his second studio album. As for tonight, all he can do is watch the opening acts and wait for his turn on stage.
"I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow morning because all of my energy has been focused on tonight," he laughs. "Maybe I'll sleep."
'Will I' make it? Auditioning for 'Rent' becomes a lesson in exhilaration and heartache
By David Yi
NY Daily News Staff Writer
Saturday April 2, 2011
Paying rent is hard. Being in "Rent," nearly impossible.
That's the hard lesson I learned when I auditioned for a spot in the Off-Broadway revival of the musical.
The audition brought more than 1,000 hopefuls together in one impressively long line that snaked along 50th St. and Eighth Ave., circling New World Stages, where the auditions were held.
At the front of the line were a hundred exhausted yet euphoric "Rentheads" who had waited since 11 p.m. the night before.
Bright-eyed musical theater majors, including Alyssa DiPalma, 21, from Philadelphia, who says watching the show during her childhood inspired her to pursue music in the first place;
Alisabeth ("I have no last name. I'm like Cher"), who hails all the way from Iowa and performed as Maureen in her local production of "Rent";
Shaggy-coiffed Tim Williams, a 28-year-old musician from New Jersey who brought his guitar and was confident he'd snag a part;
A New York woman who took a sick day from work to pursue her real passion of performing (needless to say, she wanted to remain anonymous).
And then there was me: A reporter whose actor's rÃ©sumÃ© consists of Mr. Fezziwig for my high school's production of "Scrooge." Aside from that, the most acting I had ever done was probably in college when I went to Russia on an English teaching trip and acted out skits for my students.
I was in line with Letha Francis Rose from Brooklyn, who has been auditioning full time for five years.
What exactly was I getting myself into?
"Just be yourself and you'll be fine," Rose said.
"Or, if yourself isn't good enough, be someone else," another auditioner said.
Inside the auditorium I was assigned number 472. If I made it through the first round, I would then sing for the casting directors.
Knees shaky, palms sweaty, frog lodged in my throat, somehow I zoomed to the second round.
Now, it was time to meet the big names in the biz. These weren't just any casting directors. Bernie Telsey selected the original "Rent" cast, including Broadway stars Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs and Adam Pascal. Working with him was casting director Bethany Knox and Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum.
My dream was placed at their mercy.
"We're really looking for people with that quality that just pops when you meet them," said Allan S. Gordon, another producer for the show, before I went onstage. "Just be yourself," he advised.
A running theme here, I noticed.
White lights blinded me as I stood alone on the empty stage. I could see nothing but my shadow in front of me. The only sound was that of my own fiercely thumping heartbeat.
And as the accompanist played the dissonant chords in my audition number, Stevie Wonder's "Lately," my mind went blank.
All I remember were the runs that seemed to come from somewhere inside me, the vibrato held at the end of the minor notes, and the high F-flat I hit.
After what seemed like five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes later, I had managed to get through the piece. No large gong stopped me in mid-note, no trap door opened under me.
Members of the jury smiled and nodded. Awkwardly, I thanked them, took my music and was about to leave.
"Wait, can you sing 'Will I?' from 'Rent'?" Knox asked.
Embarrassed, I informed her that I never heard the music before. I knew I had just committed a theater sin. Cue the trap door, right?
Instead, she told me the lyrics while the piano's melody guided me along.
"We wanted to see if you could hit that note," she said.
That afternoon, Knox phoned. She told me I made the callback and wanted me to return the next Friday and sing "Will I?" once again.
Now it was serious. I couldn't help but fantasize about the Great White Way and how I could be headed toward stardom.
That week I listened to the song over and over. I practiced on street corners so my neighbors wouldn't complain. And finally watched the stage version of "Rent" on DVD on constant replay.
Friday, I walked into my 11 a.m. appointment prepared and confident.
Immediately, I noticed each of my auditioning peers looked like someone from the cast. There was Roger over there, muscular, scruffy, blond. Mimi, with red lipstick and a wild lion's mane. Collins sat in the corner, sporting a gray cap and a wide toothy grin.
And sitting next to me was petite and doe-eyed Kristine Hsia, a recent grad who studied musical theatre. She was auditioning for ensemble.
"This is a dream that I've been pursuing full time for three months now," she told me. I wished her well.
More nervous now than at the last audition, I stood before Knox for a second time.
After hours upon endless hours of practice that week, my audition was over in just two minutes. Deep in my gut, I knew I had blown it. I hadn't nailed the song like I imagined I would. I didn't embarrass myself, but I was disappointed.
Head in hands, thoroughly distraught, I realized that the first hard sting of rejection
was just too painful.
To feel better, I told myself "at least you don't do this full time." For most of the people I stood with, rejection, slammed doors and heartache are just parts of their normal, everyday lives.
So is waiting. Though "Rent" is totally a New York story, producers had a second round of auditions last Wednesday in Los Angeles. Rehearsals start in early June. Previews begin July 14. Opening night is Aug. 11.
As I walked outside to the cold New York air, I received a text message.
"Blue Man Group auditions, April."
So tempting. I can do that. Then I realized I'd rather pay my rent some other way.