We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, what do you want your legacy to be?
Honestly, this is the question that drives our business. At the end of this ride my hope is not that we gained a bunch of followers or went viral, but rather that we shined the love of Jesus, showed people that there’s hope, and left the world better than we found it. We want to be remembered for introducing people to real hope and showing them that no matter what has happened in their lives their stories aren’t over yet.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
So I started off sneaking into the choir loft after church to bang away on our church’s piano. Even then my church saw talent in this little African American kid from Cali and eventually gave me that piano. Music was always an escape for me, a place of healing. As someone who battles with depression, writing music became a way for me to deal with my mental health. It might sound cliche, but God used music to save my life. Even though I’ve been a performing artist for over decade, I still deal with stage fright and low confidence. Stepping on stage or releasing a new music video is always an act of courage for me. I do it because I know that God has called me to speak truth and hope. Everyone on this planet is dealing with their own mess and everyone is looking for a bit a light in a dark world. I want to use the gift I’ve been given to help people heal and encourage them to be all that God has called them to be.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ah yeah! Food wise The Hobbit Cafe, Gus’s Fried Chicken and the Breakfast Klub are killer. Super good. Also, if you’re trying to get fancy Lucille’s is upscale soul food and is amazing! As far as places to visit, the Menil, specifically the Cy Twombly exhibit, is incredible. There’s this beautiful piece called “Say Goodbye Cattulus, to the Shores of Asia Minor”. Once a year I’ll go to sit in front of this piece, listen to some Bon Iver, and reflect. Critics would call his work childish but he didn’t care. He created what was true to him and I have mad respect for that. There’s other amazing galleries there including the Rothko Chapel and the main Menil Collection. Plus it’s all free! Also, if you want to go shopping for some vintage threads Houston has a ton of great vintage boutiques like Pavement and Buffalo Exchange. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout Josh Walker of 150 Media House. Not only is he a good friend but he’s also a consummate professional. He goes all in on whatever project he’s producing and really seeks to bring out the vision of the artist. It’s awesome to work with someone who doesn’t just see it as a job but as a calling.