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Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.

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    American Voices: Gospel Master Session with Kim Burrell


Nolan Williams Jr., CEO of NEWorks (‘NEW works') Productions, is an American songwriter whose impressive repertoire includes several commissioned choral works by Georgetown University, premiered works with the National Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera House orchestras, song contributions to Grammy(r)-nominated gospel and R&B recording projects, and music for television and film. He is also a musicologist who has been featured on PBS, BET, and the WORD network, and lectured before the American Academy of Religion, Festival Musicá y Filosofia (Naples, Italy), and at numerous American universities, including Yale, Dartmouth, Oberlin, and Howard; and edited two hymnals including the bestselling African American Heritage Hymnal-over 500,000 copies sold worldwide-and Total Praise Williams is a producer who, through NEWorks Productions, has staged and contributed to numerous inspirational arts productions including: Christmas Gift!, an exciting new holiday musical; A Mighty Stream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Freedom Movement through Music, Video, and Spoken Word, premiered with the National Symphony Orchestra (2012); Partnering for Life, a benefit concert tour produced in partnership with the American Cancer Society (2011-12); and Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America, a nine-day festival presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrating gospel and other sacred music traditions (2010).

Williams is a member of the Kennedy Center's Community Advisory Board and a voting member of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (‘The Grammies'). For more info, visit
Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.

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