Sydenham-born singer makes international debut

Local R&B and jazz crooner, Jarid Williams, has made it to the international music scene.

A Sydenham-born vocalist and R&B star who has claimed international fame and risen against all odds, is encouraging the youth to never give up on their dreams.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jarid Williams who is now living in Melbourne, Australia, competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, where he went up against the world’s best, and was placed first in the Vocal and R&B/Jazz category.

Through this great achievement, he gained the attention of multi Grammy award-winning producer, Michael Kelly, and was signed to Universal Music America. Alongside his many achievements, Williams opened for popular hit series ‘Love and Hip-Hop Hollywood’ and received raving reviews for his performance.

He was recently on a sold out international Men of R&B Tour, compromising of Eric Bellinger, J Holiday, Lloyd and NEXT. Williams also opened for king of R&B, Brian McKnight, at the Nokia Theatre in LA. His music is a fusion of all the great elements found in R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk and Blues.

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Williams and his family migrated to Australia in 1997 after his father received a great job opportunity. He started his schooling career at Ferndale Primary School in Newlands East, and furthered his studies in Australia.

At the age of 11, he blew the room away with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, when he sang to his grandfather. “This is when I realised my unique gift for singing,” he said.

He released an EP titled ‘Unfall In Love’ which is available on iTunes, Apple Music and other music download websites. “My EP has done very well in the US and Australian markets,” he said. He said his favourite food is still the good old mutton curry with pumpkin on the side.

Apart from music, his hobbies include sports and hanging out with family and friends. Williams advised aspiring musicians and singers to be educated and to know the business side of music so that they can be clued up with business and its finances.

Zola Phoswa

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