Melvin Williams Group (Smithdale, Mississippi)
creates a raw and high-energy sound that is uplifting and inspiring.
GRAMMY® Award nominee Melvin Williams, and his group bridge
the gap between traditional and contemporary gospel music. This
ensemble infuses its music with gospel, soul, jazz, hip hop, and
classical selections. The Melvin Williams Group delivers emotion
filled performances in all of its shows. The group is inspired
by the opportunity to share its passion for traditional gospel
and other music to all audiences.
WILLIAMS (VOCALS) has one of the most distinctive gospel
voices in the music industry. For over 50 years, he has performed
as part of the world renowned group, The Williams Brothers. Williams’
older brothers performed as the famed gospel quartet The Jackson
Southernaires, and in 1960 his father organized the younger siblings
to form The Williams Brothers. The group has been nominated for
six GRAMMY® Awards, and has shared the stage with talented
artists including Al Green, Patti LaBelle, Steve Winwood, Chaka
Khan, Stevie Wonder, and others. Williams combines gospel, soul,
jazz, and hip hop in all his performances, bridging the gap between
traditional and contemporary gospel music. Williams’ self-penned
“Cooling Water” remained on the Billboard charts for
over 100 weeks and is one of the most popular requested songs
by audiences nationwide.
L. TATE (VOCALS) has been singing and playing music for
25 years. Born in Houston, Texas, his music career started while
singing with his family group, the Tate Family. Taught to play
numerous instruments by his father, his professional career started
when he joined the Wonderful Harmonizers, The Bolton Brothers
and later The Williams Brothers. Tate has collaborated with Shirley
Caesar, Kenny G, Cissy Houston, Stevie Wonder, Spanky Williams,
Brandy, and other notable musicians. Tate’s vocal contributions
featured on two GRAMMY® Award nominations with The Williams
Brothers and two Stellar Awards for Melvin Williams’ duet
and solo albums.
FLEURY (PERCUSSION, PIANO & GUITAR) grew up in New
Orleans, Louisiana, with a love of jazz, gospel, and contemporary
music. For 20 years she has worked with jazz and gospel groups
including The Ken Chaney Experience, the late Art Porter, The
Williams Brothers, and Lee Williams. Fleury produced The Williams
Brothers’ “Still Here” music video and GRAMMY®
Award nominated song, Melvin Williams’ Stellar Award nominated
“Another Blessing” music video, and the Melvin Williams
live recordings Crazy Like Love and Love Like Crazy. Fleury also
served as Executive Producer for Stellar Award and Soul Train
Award nominated artists Tracy Worth and Leanne Faine through her
independent record label, Serenity Entertainment. She owns an
entertainment management firm called Bridget Fleury & Associates.
Fleury continues to collaborate with The Melvin Williams Group
creating and delivering both traditional and global gospel music.
COLEMAN (GUITARIST AND VOCALS) has been playing music
since the age of six. Throughout his career, Coleman has been
a member of several bands, and each group has played a major role
in forming his unique musical style. Influences include The Williams
Brothers, Grace Cain, My “Paw Paw” Louis Coleman,
Neo Soul, and BlackStreet. He has also collaborated with Texas
Boyz, Neal Roberston, Stan Jones, Yolanda Adams, Rance Allen,
and many more. He owns his own record label called Baby Boy Records
and leads his quartet group Castro Coleman & Highly Favored.
Coleman’s lead guitar collaborations have earned him two
GRAMMY® Award nominations with The Williams Brothers and a
Stellar Award nomination for Melvin Williams’ solo album.