It’s not every day an eleven year old at a party blows the room away with a rendition of Happy Birthday. But that is exactly what South African born Jarid Williams did when he sang the traditional standard at his Grandfather’s birthday to a room full of stunned onlookers at the tender age of eleven. As in many stories where destiny collides with a latent talent, that day marked an irrevocable change in Jarid Williams’s life when he discovered his amazing vocal gift. He then began mastering his craft with little shows around Perth until the age of 16 where he wowed an audience of millions with his show stopping rendition of Stevie Wonder’s Lately and being a top 50 finalist for Australian Idol in 2005.
Fast forward, Jarid Williams was living in Melbourne, Australia and pursuing his musical dream where he continued his rise in the music industry with regulars gigs, achieving a Bachelors Degree in Music Industry studies and most impressively writing and producing his own tracks with a refreshing maturity that belies his age. He also competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles where he competed against 5000 of the world’s best and became Champion of the World for Vocal Pop and R&B/Jazz. Through this great achievement it led Williams to open for acts such as Brian McKnight at the formerly known Nokia Theatre in LA. He was nominated for an Australian Independent Music Award for his written material. Come 2017, Jarid released his first digital release EP Unfall in Love which received rave reviews. It received national acclaim and commissioning in South Africa on the biggest radio station in the country 5FM leading to a multiple city tour. Williams also toured nationally in Australia as the support act for the Men of Rnb Tour comprising of Eric Bellinger, J. Holiday, Lloyd and RL from the group NEXT. Jarid Williams’s music is a fusion of all the great elements found in R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and Blues. His charismatic voice takes its cue from some of the greats and his songs stand alongside the kind of music artists like Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo are thrilling audiences with at present.
Williams’s exceptional 4 octave vocal range is one of his greatest assets especially due to the fact that not many male vocalists have the ability to stretch their range as he can. Flaunted in fresh, ready-for-radio hits like Don’t Complicate It with its slick vocal harmonies and killer hooks or the fizzy, addictive dance floor anthem Wanna Love You.