Kim Williams' Biography
Kim Williams grew up on a small farm near Rogersville, Tennessee. He was the forth of eight children born to music-loving parents. He learned to play guitar early on and later played in bands from Chicago, Illinois to Deming, New Mexico.
The songwriting bug first bit him when he was eleven years old and he’s been writing songs ever since, in 1984 he made his first trip to Nashville to pursue a career in music. He spent the next five years learning the songwriting craft and working with several small publishing firms. Kim got his first taste of success with cuts on independent labels by Stonewall Jackson, Bobby G. Rice and others. In 1989 Kim signed a five year contract to write for Don Lanier and Tree International.
In the past 19 years Kim has had the number one singles "If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets", by Joe Diffie; "Papa Loved Mama, "It’s Midnight Cinderella", "Ain’t Going Down ‘Til The Sun Comes Up", and "She’s Gonna Make It", by Garth Brooks; "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", by Reba McEntire; "Who Needs You Baby," by Clay Walker; and "Three Wooden Crosses", by Randy Travis which was #1 in both Country and Christian genres and winner of the CMA, CCMA, GMA, NSAI, and ACM song of the year and the album "Rise And Shine" won the Grammy. "Three Wooden Crosses" is now being turned into a movie by Marcie Gold the producer/director of "Touched By An Angel". Kim has had Christian #1s with "One Perfect Son" and "A Little Bit Of Faith", by Jeff Silvey. He has also had hit singles with the songs "Goodnight Sweetheart," by David Kersh; "Not Enough Hours In The Night", by Doug Supernaw; "Fall In Love", by Kenny Chesney; "Warning Labels," by Doug Stone; "She Loved A lot In Her Time", by George Jones; "Light At The End Of The Tunnel," by B.B. Watson; "My Blue Angel," by Aaron Tippin; "Haunted Heart," by Sammy Kershaw; "I’m The Only Thing I’ll Hold Against You," by Conway Twitty; "Honky Tonk Truth", by Brooks & Dunn; "While You Loved Me," by Rascall Flatts; "Beer Run", a duet with George Jones and Garth Brooks; and "Pickin’ Wildflowers", by Keith Anderson. His song "Overnight Male" was featured in the soundtrack of the George Strait hit movie “Pure Country” and his song "It’s Not Like You" was in the movie “Cadillac Ranch”. He also co-wrote all the songs for the new animated movie Wobots, marketed by Porch Light Entertainment in Europe in 2003 and the U.S. in 2004. His song "Seven Sundays In A Row", cut by Blue Highway, became a #1 bluegrass song and was nominated for "Bluegrass Song Of The Year” in 2006. Kim was nominated again for bluegrass song of the year in 2007 on a song written with his brother Larry Williams and friend Larry Shell. The song is titled "The Last Suit You Wear" and is a powerful ballad sung by Larry Sparks and became a #1 bluegrass song.
The Gaither Vocal Band has cut several of Kim's songs and recently
cut "Love Can Turn The World" for its new African Video Project.
Kim’s song, "Three Wooden Crosses", is currently being made into
a theatre based movie by Marcie Gold, the producer of the great T.V.
series Touched By An Angel. His song "Cajun Bloo" is being turned
into a book and possible future movie.
Kim has had additional cuts by The Grasscals, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Hank Jr., Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Clay Walker, George Jones, Doug Stone, Mark Chesnutt, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Alan Jackson, Conway Twitty, Tracy Lawrence, Hank Williams Jr., Joe Diffie, Crystal Gayle, Jaine Fricke, JoEl Sonnier, Larry Boone, Rick Trivino, Ronnie Cox, B.B. Watson, Ray Kennedy, Charlie Floyd, Jason & The Scorchers, Charlie Chase, Bryan Austin, Pearl River, Ricky Lynn Gregg, The Nelons, Babara Mandrell, Williams & Ree, Kenny Chesney, Chris LeDoux, Daron Norwood, Daryl Singletary, Perfect Stranger, Keith Gattis, Rick Trivino, Ricochet, The Crickets, Lesley McDaniel, Rhett Ackins, Mindy McCready, Wesley Dennis, Ray Hood, Noah Gordon, Jim Austin, Ray Price, Diamond Rio, Daryl Worley, Joe Nichols, Con Hunley, The Gaither Vocal Band, Mountain Heart, James Otto, Willie Nelson, and Rodney Adkins.
At last count, Kim’s Catalog has produced 16 #1s and 28 top 10s and could be found on 154 million RIAA certified CDs, tapes, and videos. In 1994, Kim won the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Award. He has won 24 ASCAP Awards in all and: one ACM, one CMA, one CCMA, one NSAI, and one Dove award.
His song "I'm Loving Life" was the title cut of a Vocal Gaither Band Grammy
He now splits his time between Nashville and his East Tennessee cabin on top of Clinch Mountain that he calls home. He enjoys the company of his wife Phyllis and his twin grandchildren Lily and Noah. He is also excitedly watching the career of his talented singer/songwriter daughter Amanda, a Berklee School of Music Grad, with whom he wrote the Grammy nominated "Beer Run", a duet with George Jones and Garth Brooks.