Williamson releases song 'Ships'

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 1/9/19

A former Clevelander and Lee University alumnus, John Williamson, has recently completed his first musical single titled “Ships,” which he released on Dec. 21.

The 30-year-old singer is …

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Williamson releases song 'Ships'

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A former Clevelander and Lee University alumnus, John Williamson, has recently completed his first musical single titled “Ships,” which he released on Dec. 21.

The 30-year-old singer is originally from Miami, but was raised in the Atlanta area. He attended Sprayberry High School and then Chattahoochee Tech before discovering Lee University, where he jokes he “squeezed four years into five and a half.” While there, he majored in vocal performance and graduated in 2015, but says he didn’t begin writing songs until 2016.

Williamson’s parents are both musicians. His father was once a guitarist for various funk bands, while his mother was a background singer. The two met through their work and instilled a sense of appreciation for music in their children.

“A rite of passage in my family was teaching yourself how to play guitar. My brother did it, and then I had to do the same,” Williamson said.

He said he had been holding onto “Ships” for awhile, and was inspired to write the song from an encounter with a friend who told him they were always missing seeing one another, and would be in the same cities just days apart, similar to passing ships in the night.

“Ships” discusses the numerous levels and aspects of relationships, including when one person may be ready for something while the other isn’t, and vice versa.

“I would describe ‘Ships’ as a sonic journey over different waves of sound that all describe multiple attempts at one relationship that just doesn’t work out,” he added.

Williamson says it took him about a year to write and produce the song after he moved to Nashville following his graduation. He moved there to focus more on his music, and while “Ships” is the only song he’s released, he also has five others he plans to release on a full EP in 2019.

The reason he released “Ships” as a single is because he wanted to get his music out into the public eye before he gets married in the near future.

Williamson describes his music as alternative R&B, which he says is very relaxed and intended to mellow out his listeners.

“My musical mentor hates my name — because he says I sound like a magician — but aside from that I’ve received a lot of positive reactions from listeners and fans everywhere just encouraging me and saying how they loved ‘Ships,’ and want to hear more,” Williamson said.

He added how everyone likes a song they know comes from a real, genuine place in the artist’s life, and says that every one of his songs are based on his life experiences and struggles.

Very appreciative for all the support he’s received, Williamson made sure to thank his musical production team, which includes: Ashton Cone, co-producer; LeBron Arnwine, keyboard; Benjamin Forehand, guitar; and Dran Lewis, mixer.

While he moved to Nashville to focus more on his music, he says many of his musical gigs wound up being based in Atlanta, which prompted him to make a move to the Georgia state capital in January to make his commute easier.

“The way that music is going today, alternative R&B is more mainstream, so a lot of people who do R&B are doing my kind of style, which is great because I’ve lived in this style for years and years, so I feel like what I’m bringing to the table is something great and unique,” he said.

“Ships” can currently be purchased on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, YouTube and all other major retailers.

For more information, check out his Instagram at @thejjshowofficial or his Twitter at @classicjohnjr.

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