Andrea René Williams has loved music since she can remember. Since her love affair with music began, she’s had the opportunity to learn from Richard Smallwood, glean from Byron Cage, sit under Earnest Pugh, sing in front of Yolanda Adams, receive tips on singing from Tramaine Hawkins and lend her voice as a background singer to Kirk Franklin. Music, specifically Gospel music, is her calling. She often says that God had to create music before he created her.
The daughter of Yvonne G. Williams and the late Rev. Dr. John T. Williams, she has singers, pastors, preachers, evangelists, deacons and Sunday School teachers in her family. It was her grandmother who noticed the musical talent within her when at the age of four, she sat on her grandmother’s knee singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. Recognizing her granddaughter’s musical gift, she purchased a piano for her.
At the age of seven, Andrea began piano lessons studying the classical greats including Bach, Brahms and Beethoven. She took private lessons for 10 years. While in junior high school and high school, she was a member of chorus and participated in plays, concerts and musicals. As a member of the final graduating class of Robert E. Peary High School in Rockville, MD, she was honored to sing a solo “Out Here On My Own” from the movie Fame. She even garnered TV coverage.
She joined the Young Adult Fellowship Ensemble of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC, under the leadership of David E. Warr and accompanist and Gospel legend Richard Smallwood in 1988. She was a lead vocalist of the choir and a soloist for many Hymns of Preparation at the church, some of which were accompanied by Smallwood. Later after joining Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, MD, in 1999, she was blessed to sit under choir directors and Gospel greats Byron Cage, Earnest Pugh and Ricky Dillard. As a member of the Praise Company, the Youth Adult Praise Team, the Rejoice Choir, the Chancel Choir and The Levitical Voices of Ebenezer, also known as the Levites, she has been called upon to lead several songs. As a member of praise teams, she has sung background vocals for artists such as Kirk Franklin and Jeff Majors. In addition to singing at her church, she has been called upon to sing for many weddings, anniversaries, funerals and church events. In 2018 and 2019, she sang “God Bless America” at several baseball games for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. She has sung “The National Anthem” for the Washington Wizards (NBA) at Capital One Arena and for the Washington Mystics (WNBA) and Capital City Go-Go (NBA G League) at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, also in DC. In addition, she is a member of the renowned ensemble, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music.
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