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."
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 find a way to empower & encourage people, and share hope. Anyone who knows me knows I’m passionate about Jesus, people, music & natural wellness...in that order!” Karyn laughs. “My prayer every morning when my feet hit the floor is that my words and my life would honor God in every way."
Never one to sit still for very long or hide the things she’s passionate about, Williams has spent the last 7 years touring with Mandisa, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, and comedian Chonda Pierce. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2014, 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. And duets with Michael Tait, Danny Gokey, and Mac Powell can be heard throughout her records.
In addition to her artistry & speaking career, Williams is a passionate Certified Natural Health Coach. She is a nine time marathoner, and when she's not touring, she spends her time teaching and leading hundreds of family on a natural wellness journey through Young Living Essential Oils.
Karyn currently makes her home in Nashville and is married to award winning songwriter Brian White, best known for penning 16 #1 songs, including the multi-week #1 country hit Watching You recorded by Rodney Atkins.
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