It’s likely that you have seen Kenny Williams perform. In his acclaimed 25 year musical career, he has lit up stages nationally and internationally, and spent nearly a decade performing on Broadway in New York City. Now, after returning to Austin, Texas where he was born and raised, Kenny steps into his favorite roles to date as a solo and recording artist.
The Austin based artist is a tornado of talent and charisma, possessing an impressive vocal range and a light-from-within aura. Growing up in Austin, Kenny studied voice at the University of Texas, and cut his teeth as an actor and an entertainer in clubs on the city’s famed sixth street and at ZACH Theatre, Austin’s premiere professional theatre. You might remember him from the annual holiday spectacular A Rockin’ Christmas Party at the Paramount Theatre, or most recently as the Ghost of Christmas Past in ZACH’s new adaptation of A Christmas Carol. In 1997, with his sights set on Broadway and New York City, Kenny left Austin to embark on his first national tour with the musical Grease! (Johnny Casino) and then Smokey Joe’s Café (Victor). After two years on the road, he finally found himself in the Big Apple. While living and performing in New York City, Kenny appeared in several regional productions including Purlie for New York City Encores!, the world premiere production of The Color Purple: The Musical, produced by Oprah Winfrey and made his Broadway debut in Disney’s hit musical The Lion King. Kenny also made numerous solo artist appearances at some of NYC’s finest clubs, including Joe’s Pub, B.B. King’s, S.O.B’s, BAM Café, and the legendary jazz club, Birdland.
Since returning to Austin, Kenny had the delight of releasing his debut EP simply titled, Kenny Williams Sings. The resulting EP boasts 6 classics from the American Songbook and a sexy version of the Van Morrison classic “Moondance.” His experience as an acclaimed Broadway performer and a solo artist merge on this elegant project. Although, theatre is still a prominent part of his life, Kenny can most often be found on stage at various Austin venues. Put simply, Kenny Williams was born to entertain, and his star shines brightly. He is a truly gifted vocalist, while his spirit, energy, and passion will bring you back for more. The song lives on in Kenny Williams.
"Kenny Williams might be the smoothest singer in town."
- Austin American-Statesman