Catawba College alumnus Chris Williams '12 wants to make the world a better place, starting with his hometown.
Williams is currently working to make Charlotte better by bringing local musicians together. The six tracks on his latest EP, Alive Sessions, feature vocals by several Charlotte artists including Williams' older sister N'Chanted, R&B vocalist Dexter Jordan, pop singer Michael Remisi, jazz-inflected neo-soul singer Mori Bea, rapper Modest Jon and DJ Sir Charles.
The music artist and producer's 2014 song "Power People," released under Williams' hip-hop name Yung Citizen, has taken on renewed resonance in the wake of recent incidents of deadly violence, such as those in Charlottesville, Virginia. The song is an uplifting track that offers a powerful message of hope: "You need to start fighting for your freedom. Then, everything'll start to be peaceful."
"I watch a lot of news and see a lot of stuff that I'm inspired by," Williams says. "I'm inspired by the ways we can effect change."
While a student at Catawba, Williams was very talented and dedicated, one of many talented music students who have come through the Popular Music and Music Business programs. Aided by assistance from Catawba music faculty in meeting his specific music interestes, he identified a niche that needs to be filled and has been charging full steam ahead since graduation.
With continued strong support and ties with his alma mater, Williams is slated to instruct an alumni college class during the upcoming Homecoming Weekend and will perform on the evening of Friday, October 13.
Follow William's music at www.yungcitizen.com.