Last year, Andrea René Williams celebrated 20 years as a full-time industry professional in Gospel music. With her career launch taking place at the GRAMMY Awards’ Washington, DC Chapter in 1998, she is known primarily for her public relations and marketing firm, Tehillah Enterprises, where she was blessed to represent artists such as Pastor Charles Jenkins, Martha Munizzi, Byron Cage, Earnest Pugh, Anita Wilson, Gladys Knight, the late Andraé Crouch and many other talented artists, since its launch as an agency in 2006. What few don’t know about Andrea is that she is a singer, songwriter and musician. A producer and engineer as well, she has released a brand new instrumental single entitled, “Won’t Work”. The single is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and other retail and streaming platforms.
“Won’t Work” is an instrumental tune that was penned by Williams, a song that came to her in a dream. She also performed, arranged, produced and engineered the track as well. Containing elements of soul, jazz and Latin music, the song oozes inspiration as well. The title of the song is taken from the lyrical version of the tune, which reminds listeners that the plans of the enemy “won’t work”. Although the future vocal track will be recorded live in 2020, the instrumental version of “Won’t Work” uplifts with its celebratory rhythms and smooth delivery.
Currently, Andrea is putting the finishing touches on her debut EP entitled, The Believe Album, which will be releasing next year. Fans of the new artist should look out for her sophomore single, an inspiring power ballad, “Count It As Done”, to drop this summer. A serial entrepreneur, all music will be released on the artist’s Angels Wings Records label. She has also formed a music publishing company, Butterfly Praise Publishing, a music production company, Gotta Praise Productions, as well as Andrea René Williams Music Ministries.
A lifetime lover of Gospel music, her training in the genre began as a choir member of the Young Adult Fellowship Ensemble (YAFE) of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC. With Gospel Maestro Richard Smallwood as the group’s accompanist and assistant director, she learned from the best. At her current church, Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, MD, she’s been honored to sit under and learn from other choir directors and Gospel greats including Byron Cage, Earnest Pugh and Ricky Dillard. A gifted and trained singer and pianist, with 10 years of private lessons under her belt, has been recognized for her musical talents since her youth.
“I remember my grandmother sitting me on her knee at four years old and asking me to sing, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’’’, recounts the songstress. “She said, ‘You have a beautiful voice’ and decided to buy a piano for me. That was the beginning of my love affair with music,” says Williams. Since that time, Andrea has been featured as a soloist in several choirs and has ministered in song at various church events. She has sung the National Anthem for the NBA’s Washington Wizards and for other local sports teams in the Washington, DC area. She majored in voice at Northern Virginia Community College and will be receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in the Music Business from Berklee College of Music on May 11, 2019.
In addition to her new music, the author of Live The Life You Sing About: How To Live With Integrity In The Gospel & Christian Music Industry has relaunched her music ministry consulting firm, Adoration Corporation. Williams says, “In this current DIY music climate, artists want to take control of their own careers and make decisions that will benefit their music ministries. With Adoration Corporation, I want to give them all the tools they need to experience real success, spiritually, practically and musically.” The company offers services such as consultations, one-on-one coaching, strategic planning, educational seminars and workshops and artist development. For more information about Adoration Corporation, log on to www.adorationcorporation.com.