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Holly Williams Biography

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Born: 1981/03/12
Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee
Years Active: 2003-present
Genres: Country

Holly Williams was born on March 12, 1981 in Cullman, Alabama; was raised in Nashville, Tennessee; and is an alternative pop/rock singer and songwriter, most well known for being the granddaughter the famed Country Music singer Hank Williams. To date, Williams has released three studio albums: “The Ones We Never Knew” (2004); “Here with Me” (2009); and “The Highway” (2013). Williams also founded, and runs a record label, Georgian Records. Despite her parents separating when she was young, Williams inherited her father's, and her grandfather's, love for music. By the time she was 17, Williams was playing her father's guitar and writing her own songs.

Williams' debut EP arrived in 2003 and earned the singer a record contract with Universal South Records, who immediately put her on tour with artists such as, Billy Bob Thornton, Jewel, Train, Keith Urban, and Kasey Chambers. After a year of touring and exposing her music to a wider fan base, Williams built up a loyal and steady following, both in Europe and the states. Williams’s debut album, “The Ones We Never Knew” arrived in 2004, and was met with critical acclaim from both fans and critics alike. 2006 saw Williams’s music career on hold while she recovered from a car accident which left her arm damaged. A year later in 2007, Williams began to play music again and signed with Mercury Records. Williams' second album, “Here with Me,” appeared in 2009. To promote the album, Williams worked the late night talk show circuit, performing live on Late Night with Conan O'Brien; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson; and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Williams followed up with a European tour.

2010 saw Williams collaborate with Bob Dylan on the project, “The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams,” which also featured the artists, Jack White, Norah Jones, Merle Haggard and Lucinda Williams. Next Williams collaborated with Paul McCartney on the “Let Us In” project; a tribute to Linda McCartney. Williams performed the Wings song, “My Love.” Williams has also branched out of the music world and launched her own women's clothing line and runs a boutique, “H. Audrey” in Nashville. Williams' third album, “The Highway,” arrived in 2013 and features guest appearances by Dierks Bentley, Jakob Dylan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jackson Browne. 2013 saw Williams back on the road touring in support of her album.