Hit Songwriter Bios—Kim Williams

Kim Williams

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Kim Williams grew up on a small farm near Rogersville, Tennessee. He was the fourth of eight children born to music-loving parents. He learned to play guitar early on and later played in bands from Chicago, Illinois to Deming, New Mexico.

The songwriting bug first bit him when he was eleven years old and he's been writing songs ever since; in 1984 he made his first trip to Nashville to pursue a career in music. He spent the next five years learning the songwriting craft and working with several small publishing firms. Kim got his first taste of success with cuts on independent labels by Stonewall Jackson, Bobby G. Rice and others. In 1989 Kim signed a five year contract to write for Don Lanier and Tree International.

In the past 15 years Kim has had the number one singles; "If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets" by Joe Diffie, "Papa Loved Mama," "It's Midnight Cinderella," "Ain’t Going Down 'Til The Sun Comes Up" and "She's Gonna Make It" by Garth Brooks, "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" by Reba McEntire, "Who Needs You Baby" by Clay Walker, and "Three Wooden Crosses" by Randy Travis which was #1 in both Country and Christian genres and winner of the CMA, CCMA, GMA, NSAI, and ACM song of the year and the album, Rise and Shine, won the Grammy [2004 -- Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass, Gospel Album].

Kim has had Christian #1s with "One Perfect Son" and "A Little Bit Of Faith" by Jeff Silvey. He has also had hit singles with the songs "Goodnight Sweetheart" by David Kersh, "Not Enough Hours In The Night" by Doug Supernaw, "Fall In Love" by Kenny Chesney, "Warning Labels" by Doug Stone, "She Loved A lot In Her Time" by George Jones, "Light At The End Of The Tunnel" by B.B. Watson, "My Blue Angel" by Aaron Tippin, "Haunted Heart" by Sammy Kershaw, "I'm The Only Thing I’ll Hold Against You" by Conway Twitty, "Honky Tonk Truth" by Brooks & Dunn, "While You Loved Me" by Rascall Flatts, "Beer Run," a duet with George Jones and Garth Brooks and "Pickin' Wildflowers" by Keith Anderson.

His song "Overnight Male" was featured in the soundtrack of the George Strait hit movie Pure Country and his song "It's Not Like You" was in the movie Cadillac Ranch. He also co-wrote all the songs for the new animated movie Wobots, marketed by Porch Light Entertainment in Europe in 2003 and the U.S. in 2004. His song "Seven Sundays In A Row," cut by Blue Highway, is nominated for Bluegrass Song Of The Year this year [2007]. The Gaither Vocal Band has recently cut one of Kim's songs, "Love Can Turn The World," for it's new African Video Project.

Kim’s #1 hit "Three Wooden Crosses" is currently being made into a theatre based movie by Marcie Gold, the producer of the T.V. series Touched By An Angel. His song "Cajun Blood" is being turned into a book and possible future movie.

Kim has had additional cuts by The Grasscals, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Hank Jr., Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Clay Walker, George Jones, Doug Stone, Mark Chesnutt, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Alan Jackson, Conway Twitty, Tracy Lawrence, Hank Williams Jr., Joe Diffie, Crystal Gayle, Jaine Fricke, JoEl Sonnier, Larry Boone, Rick Trivino, Ronnie Cox, B.B. Watson, Ray Kennedy, Charlie Floyd, Jason & The Scorchers, Charlie Chase, Bryan Austin, Pearl River, Ricky Lynn Gregg, The Nelons, Babara Mandrell, Williams & Ree, Kenny Chesney, Chris LeDoux, Daron Norwood, Daryl Singletary, Perfect Stranger, Keith Gattis, Rick Trivino, Ricochet, The Crickets, Lesley McDaniel, Rhett Ackins, Mindy McCready, Wesley Dennis, Ray Hood, Noah Gordon, Jim Austin, Ray Price, Diamond Rio, Daryl Worley, Joe Nichols, Con Hunley, The Gaither Vocal Band and Mountain Heart.

In 1994, Kim won the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Award. His songs have been on over 131 million CDs and tapes. He now splits his time between Nashville and his East Tennessee cabin on top of Clinch Mountain that he calls home. He enjoys the company of his wife Phyllis and his twin grandchildren Lily and Noah. He is also excitedly watching the career of his talented singer/songwriter daughter Amanda, a Berklee School of Music graduate, with whom he wrote the Grammy nominated "Beer Run," a duet with George Jones and Garth Brooks.

Beginning in January 2007, Kim will return to writing for Sony, where he spent his first 17 years writing.

Three Wooden Crosses Lyrics
(Words and Music by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson)

A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher,
Ridin' on a midnight bus bound for Mexico.
One's headed for vacation, one for higher education,
An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.
That driver never ever saw the stop sign.
An' eighteen wheelers can't stop on a dime.

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there's not four of them, Heaven only knows.
I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It's what you leave behind you when you go.

That farmer left a harvest, a home and eighty acres,
The faith an' love for growin' things in his young son's heart.
An' that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children:
Did her best to give 'em all a better start.
An' that preacher whispered: "Can't you see the Promised Land?"
As he laid his blood-stained bible in that hooker's hand.

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there's not four of them, Heaven only knows.
I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It's what you leave behind you when you go.

That's the story that our preacher told last Sunday.
As he held that blood-stained bible up,
For all of us to see.
He said: "Bless the farmer, and the teacher, an' the preacher;
"Who gave this Bible to my mamma,
"Who read it to me."

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there's not four of them, now I guess we know.
It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It's what you leave behind you when you go.

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway.

Three Wooden Crosses - Sheet Music (Digital Download)




Kim Williams' performances of "Three Wooden Crosses" and "God Save Us All from Religion" at a recent Expo was one of those "unforgettable" moments the DSE has become famous for. Kim is a special talent, a great man, and an enlightened human being.


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