Melvin Williams and his brothers recorded their first album “Holding On” in 1973. In 1988 Melvin released his first solo album “Back to the Cross” and garnered his first Stellar Award and Grammy Award nomination as a solo artist. Three years later, in 1991, Williams and his brothers started their own label, Blackberry Records - the first black independent record label to receive major distribution in the State of Mississippi . The first release on the label, “This is Your Night” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Soul Gospel Album and won a Stellar Award for Best Performance Group or Duo.
In 1992, Melvin released his sophomore solo album “In Living Color”, a major success, spurred by the single “So Good” which reached the Top 20 on Billboard. In 1997, the song titled “Too Close” featuring Stevie Wonder remained on the Billboard gospel charts for over 12 months. “Never Seen Your Face” (1998) reached single digit positions on Billboard’s Gospel Charts and received Stellar & Dove Awards. The single “Never Seen Your Face” featured a duet with Marvin Winans of the famed Winans family. Not long after in 2001, Williams’ duet with gospel great Lee Williams on “Cooling Water” – recorded for the “Duets” album – burned up the Billboard charts for over 100 weeks and remains one of the most popular requested songs by audiences nationwide. In 2004, the album “Still Here” won 3 Stellar Awards and the sixth Grammy Award nomination for The Williams Brothers.
Melvin released his fourth & fifth solo albums simultaneously “Crazy Like Love” and “Love Like Crazy,” in 2007. The project includes live horns, harmonica, bass & guitar licks infused by percussions, organ and live strings delivering well-laid, uplifting yet soothing melodies. With music covering original traditional and contemporary gospel, classical, hip-hop, jazz, spoken word, and classic mainstream cover songs from Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and more, Melvin delivers his best solo albums to date.