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Episode 8 – Karyn Williams

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You don’t have to be around Karyn Williams long before you see that there is one simple word that describes her:  REAL.  Her faith, her smile, her heart for people and her music.  “I’m not very good at being anything but exactly who I am,” Karyn laughs.  “I was fortunate to grow up with parents who never let me get too far from my roots.”  And those roots have always run deep in the soil of faith and kindness.

A dynamic woman with a powerful life story, Karyn is the eldest daughter of Orlando Magic Senior Vice President & Founder, Pat Williams.  Her international family includes nineteen children, fourteen of which are adopted from all over the world.

After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Karyn felt a calling to head to Nashville to pursue a ministry in music.  “My dad always taught us through his example to be your own person, don’t be afraid to take huge risks, and then trust God with the results.”  Armed with nothing more than big dreams, a trusting heart, and unrelenting determination, Karyn took the leap of faith and left home.

Her decision paid off.  Big time.  In the Fall of 2011, Karyn signed a major label record deal with Inpop Records becoming label mates with the Newsboys, Jaci Velasquez & Matt Kearney, and released her first full length studio album Only You in 2012.  Her sophomore project “Letting Go of Perfect” released in 2015, and her 3rd record “Blame It On the Hope” is available now and features a duet with Third Day’s Mac Powell. 

Karyn was chosen as one of Billboard Magazine’s “Best Bets” in Christian music and has written & recorded many chart topping hits.  Yet it’s not industry accolades that fuel Williams’ artistry.  It’s her desire to encourage people with the good news of God’s grace and mercy.  Her unrelenting trust in God provides the foundation for her life and is woven throughout every song she sings.  “All I’ve ever wanted to do is write and sing songs that encourage people and share hope.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m passionate about Jesus, people & music…in that order!” Karyn laughs.  “My prayer every morning when my feet hit the floor is that my words, my music and my life would honor God in every way.  That’s all I really care about.”

Never one to sit still for very long or hide the things she’s passionate about, Williams has spent the last 6 years touring with Mandisa, Third Day, and comedian Chonda Pierce.  She recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut, authored a best selling book The Takeaway (HCI 2009), and also appeared in her first movie, The Power of the Air which released in 2018.  Her vocals can be heard on the Third Day “Lead Us Back” album, singing a duet with Mac Powell on Born Again.  

In addition to her artistry, Williams is extremely passionate about health, wellness and fitness.  She is a Certified Natural Health Coach, and a nine-time marathon runner.  When she’s not touring, she spends her time teaching about natural wellness and essential oils. 

Karyn currently makes her home in Nashville and is married to award winning songwriter Brian White, best known for penning 14 #1 songs, including the multi-week #1 country hit Watching You recorded by Rodney Atkins.