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One of Australia’s favorite singer/songwriters, Warren H Williams has a powerful voice, strong messages, wicked sense of humour and gentle manner.
The Golden Guitar winner, Deadly Award winner, ARIA nominee has been a professional musician for the past 20 years but says music has been in his blood since he was born in Central Australia.
He remembers coming cross-country with his dad to Tamworth where the legendary Gus Williams would play to audiences along the way and then in Peel Street and other venues.
He and his dad, the late Gus Williams are among the only father and son to have been honoured by making their mark in the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.
Warren toured for 15 years with John Williamson after they paired up to sing Raining on the Rock and it became an anthem for reconciliation.
This pairing changing Warren’s life as a musician who performed in and around Alice Springs and his home of Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory, to performing under bright lights on international stages.
He has released nine albums and played with the likes of the late Dr Jimmy Little, Greg Champion, Troy Cassar-Daley, Johnny Chester, Pixie Jenkins.
In May 2012, Warren H Williams was recognised with Australia’s highest peer-assessed award, the Red Ochre by the Australia Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board.
It capped off a very successful start to 2012, playing 18 gigs in eight days at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and launching his first language album, Winanjjara, in April.
Warren H Williams has been a professional musician for the past 20 years but says his whole life has been all about music.
His first musical experiences were with his parents living at Ntaria community (formerly Hermannsburg) where the whole family would sing.
Warren started playing guitar at the age of six, jamming with his father, the legendary Gus Williams. Warren’s father was the biggest inspiration when it came to his music, and he feels a lingering sadness from his dad’s passing in 2010. In the late 60s and early 70s, his dad played in the Western Arranda Band, with some of the local men. They would tour through the communities and influenced many others to form their own community bands.
With his dad’s encouragement, Warren learnt all the band’s instruments. Later, if some of the members of his dad’s band didn’t turn up, Warren would step in and play the missing instruments. He says now he understands why his dad pushed him to practice each day when all the other kids were playing, crediting his mastery of guitar, piano, drums and other instruments to this influence.
To date Warren has released nine albums, his most recent being his first foray away from country music, a language album named Winanjjara. It was recorded with the song men of Tennant Creek and sung in two of his maternal ancestor’s languages: Warumungu and Western Arrernte. The project saw him work with family members from Tennant Creek.