Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams

Real Name:
Joseph Stanley Williams
Profile:
Son of the famous film score composer John Williams (4). Joseph Williams was lead vocalist with Toto during the mid-to-late 1980s, and was featured on the albums "Fahrenheit" (1986) and "The Seventh One" (1988) before leaving due to personal problems. He can also be heard on the album "Toto XX" (1998) a compilation of rare and unreleased tracks, as well as co-writing and providing backing vocals on several more. He is featured on Toto's current CD, "Falling In Between"

He has released four solo albums: "Joseph Williams" (1982, re-released 2002), "I Am Alive" (1996), "3" (1997) and "Early Years" (1998, after being a fanclub only release a few years earlier). Many of Toto's members have contributed to his solo work over the years as he and the band have remained on good terms.

Joseph has also been a session vocalist and can be heard on numerous other projects including:

The song "Save The Night" on the soundtrack to the children's adventure film "The Goonies" (1985)
Lead vocals on three tracks - "Walk The Wire", "History" and "When You Look In My Eyes" from Jay Graydon's "Airplay for the Planet" album (1993)
On the songs "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from Disney's animated feature film "The Lion King" (1994)
Sharing vocal duties on two albums by the a cappella covers group The West Coast All Stars; "California Dreamin'" and "Naturally" (1997/1998 respectively). The other vocalists are Bobby Kimball (another well-known Toto alumnus), Bill Champlin and Jason Scheff (from the band Chicago)(Tommy Funderburk replaced Champlin on the "Naturally" album).
Providing lead vocals to the self titled first album by the band "Vertigo" in 2003.
He was also the writer of the original English lyrics for the song Lapti Nek and the Ewok Celeration from the original 1983 release of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, which was scored and conducted by his father John.

Ties to the band Chicago:

When Toto's Jeff Porcaro offered Jason Scheff the job of lead vocalist (replacing Fergie Fredricksen), Jason declined having already just gotten the job as new lead vocalist for Chicago (replacing Peter Cetera). Jason however recommended Joseph to Toto instead, after Chicago had just been listening to demos with Joseph singing lead vocals earlier that day, looking for material for the Chicago 18 album. Although none of his songs ended up on the album, a song written by Joseph, What You're Missing, appeared on the earlier "16" album.
Jason Scheff was also a close friend of Joseph's brother, Mark.
Joseph and Jason have also appeared on each other's recordings.
Joseph sings background vocals on Chicago's "King of Might Have Been" on the 2006 album "XXX" as well as on "Let's Take a Lifetime" on the 1993-recorded/2008-released album "Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus".
His brother, Mark Towner Williams, is a solo and session drummer who has played drums for Air Supply and a variety of other bands. The two brothers recorded a duo album in 1990/1991, but didn't succeed in landing a record deal for the album, which was subsequently cancelled. Mark has been working on remixing the album for a possible release since 1998, however the two brothers seemingly haven't found the time to rework it for an official release. Joseph recently commented that it was difficult to find the opportunity to do as Mark currently resides in Utah and Joseph in Los Angeles. Joseph and Mark are the sons of the internationally famous and multi- Academy Award winning composer/conductor John Williams, responsible for soundtracks to the Star Wars films and nearly all of Steven Spielberg's films including Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and Schindler's List.

Since leaving Toto in 1989, Williams has kept busy as a composer of film and drama scores, most notably for episodes of the science fiction series "Roswell", and "The Lyon's Den" starring Rob Lowe.

In addition to his guest spot on the last Toto album "Falling in Between", a guest spot at several Toto concerts, the second Vertigo album "Vertigo 2" has been released in 2006. Williams also released an album of cover songs in 2006 featuring piano and voice only "2 of us" and returned with 2 other voice & piano albums in 2007 (Smiles and Tears). Currently he is recording a new album, to be released in 2008.

Rumour has it that both Joseph Williams and Fergie Frederiksen (singer on Toto's "Isolation") will join Toto on their 30th anniversary tour in 2008/9. However, on 5 June 2008 Toto guitarist Steve Lukather made an official announcement that Toto has ended as a band, which in essence means that no 30th anniversary tour will take place.
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Joseph Williams Discography

Albums

COOL-007 Joseph Williams Joseph Williams (Album) Cool Sound COOL-007 1982 Sell This Version
KTCR-1803 Joseph Williams I Am Alive (Album) Kitty Enterprises, Inc, White Garden KTCR-1803 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
KTCM-1064 Joseph Williams 3(CD, Album) Kitty Enterprises, Inc KTCM-1064 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
NB42591 Joseph Williams Early Years (Album) Nubieboyz Records NB42591 US 1999 Sell This Version
CDM 0104-1660 Vertigo (18), Joseph Williams Vertigo (18), Joseph Williams - Vertigo(CD, Album, Enh) CD-Maximum CDM 0104-1660 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
IROND CD 06-DD380 Vertigo (18) featuring Joseph Williams Vertigo (18) featuring Joseph Williams - Vertigo - 2 (Album) Frontiers Records, Dark Division, Irond IROND CD 06-DD380 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
IECP-10038 Joseph Williams Two Of Us(CD, Album) WHD Entertainment, Inc. IECP-10038 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
IECP-10155 Joseph Williams This Fall(CD, Album) WHD Entertainment, Inc. IECP-10155 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
KREERA001 Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Peter Friestedt, All Star Band (8) Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Peter Friestedt, All Star Band (8) - Live In Concert(DVD-V, PAL + CD, Album) La Project Productions, Sound Pollution KREERA001 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
AORH00121 Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Peter Friestedt Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Peter Friestedt - CWF(CD, Album) Aor Heaven AORH00121 Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MCA-52033 Joseph Williams That First Night (Single) MCA Records MCA-52033 US 1982 Sell This Version
52075 Joseph Williams (Momma) I Didn't Do It(7") MCA Records 52075 US 1982 Sell This Version
52473 Joseph Williams Firepower(7") MCA Records 52473 1984 Sell This Version
45-40067 Joseph Williams Save The Night(7", Single, Promo) Portrait 45-40067 US 1985 Sell This Version
12AP 3223 Joseph Williams One/DJ In My Life(12") Rackyo Records 12AP 3223 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP 947 Joseph Williams My One(7", Single) Rackyo Records 07SP 947 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
PLCP-23 Joseph Williams Christmas Eve(CD, Single, Promo) Platz PLCP-23 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
PLCP-26 Joseph Williams Get Back In Love(CD, Single, Promo) Platz PLCP-26 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
PLCD-32 Joseph Williams Sayonara(CD, Single, Promo) Platz PLCD-32 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
WPDR-3026 Joseph Williams Look At Me(CD, Mini, Single) WEA WPDR-3026 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
none Joseph Williams I Am Alive(CD, Single, Promo) Intercord Record Service none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
none Joseph Williams Dirty Little War(CD, Single, Promo) Intercord Record Service none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
none Joseph Williams Perfectly Clear/Heroes(CD, Single, Promo) Intercord Record Service none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
AVCD-11728 Joseph Williams Dear My Friend(CD, Single, Promo) Avex Trax AVCD-11728 Japan 1999 Sell This Version

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