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Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. (The Kennedy Center)

Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.

Nolan Williams is a musicologist, theologian, American songwriter, and producer whose professional career defies conventional boundaries.Best known for his work as Chief Music Editor of the bestselling African American Heritage Hymnal—a critically acclaimed compendium of music, with sales now surpassing 300,000 books worldwide, Williams is a noted scholar who has lectured extensively, including keynote addresses for the National Academy of Religion, Yale University’s Parks-King Lecture Series, Festival Musica y Filosofia (Naples, Italy), and Georgetown University Law School. He has also been featured on PBS, BET, the Word network, and internationally in the UK, France, Italy, and Slovenia.Williams has written and produced music for television, film, and live events of national and international prominence. His eclectic compositional library includes: songwriting collaborations on numerous Grammy-nominated projects; commissioned compositions by Georgetown University and the National Symphony Orchestra; musical works performed by some of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Charleston Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera House orchestras; and, original gospel songs featured on his debut CD, inSpiration, released nationwide in 2010.

Watch Past Performances

<i>NEWSacred SONG ANTHOLOGY</i> 6/11/14: NEWSacred SONG ANTHOLOGY

Sacred music songwriter Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. leads his Voices of Inspiration choir and a special assembly of singers from across the nation’s capital in singing signature arrangements of hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs that honor the choral tradition within the gospel community. Part of Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition.

NEWSacred SONG ANTHOLOGY

Sacred music songwriter Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. leads his Voices of Inspiration choir and a special assembly of singers from across the nation’s capital in singing signature arrangements of hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs that honor the choral tradition within the gospel community. Part of Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition.
<I>Let Freedom Ring</i> 1/17/11: Let Freedom Ring

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring Grammy Award–winning, platinum-selling vocalist Patti LaBelle also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will award the ninth annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award to Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery—a leader in the American Civil Rights movement.

Let Freedom Ring

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring Grammy Award–winning, platinum-selling vocalist Patti LaBelle also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will award the ninth annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award to Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery—a leader in the American Civil Rights movement.

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