SPECIAL EVENT – LENNY WILLIAMS, FORMER LEAD SINGER OF TOWER OF POWER
August 3 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm$30 – $40
Ultimate soul crooner and Oakland native, Lenny Williams, possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. With his rich, passionate vocal style, he is rightfully regarded as one of R&B’s most influential soul men.
Williams began his musical career making records that have become R&B and Pop classics (e.g. “Cause I Love You” (recorded on his solo album) and “So Very Hard To Go”, which he recorded as the lead singer of Tower of Power).
Williams signed his first record deal with Fantasy Records. Lenny put his solo career on hold when he joined the emerging funk band Tower of Power in 1972. Tower of Power with Lenny had such hits as “Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the Stream,” “What is Hip,?” And “So Very Hard to Go”. After leaving Tower, Lenny went on to have a very successful solo career with chart hits as “Shoo Doo Fufu ooh,”. “Midnight Girl,”. And the iconic “Cause I Love You” that was featured in the movie “Kings of Comedy” in which comedian Steve Harvey called the song, “The Greatest Love Song ever Written!” His songs have been sampled by such artists as Kanye West, Twista, Jay Z, Scarface, and Mobb Deep among others. Lenny also sang the vocals on the multi platinum “Don’t Make Me Wait for Love” recording by Kenny G, which became a top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit
Over the past few years, Lenny has continued his solo career, touring the U.S., Europe and South Africa. In 2004 and 2005, Lenny and Kanye Westwere honored recipients of the BMI Songwriter’s Award for the song “Over Night Celebrity”, recorded by rapper Twista. He has recently shared stages with Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, K-Jon, Anthony Hamilton, The Whispers, Rick James, Boney James, Bobby Womack, The Ohio Players, Al Green, Usher and Frankie Beverly & Maze.
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