The staff and mentors of ROOTS welcomes Brice Williams, our new drum mentor!
Brice Williams (drums) has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the business: Lady Antebellum, Mark Wills, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan, Sawyer Brown, Daryle Singletary, Todd Sansom, Lionel Cartwright, Linda Davis, Cowboy Crush, Michael Lewis, One Street Over, High Road and others. Playing drums since age 4, Brice never imagined he’d become friends with some of the musicians he admired when he was growing up in Marion, Ill.
But what drives him is being a lifelong learner and practicing his craft, which he encourages his students to do as well by “making good music and playing with musicians who are better than you because you learn so much from them.” As for teaching, he loves when a student gets “that look” of accomplishment when they reach a goal they set for themselves. He does especially well with students who not only have an open mind but have a positive attitude. He thrives on helping students perfecting their technique.
The Belmont University alum spent past 4 years with multi-platinum selling country artist Mark Wills, and in 2012 was part of the presidential campaign with Wills opening for Governor Mitt Romney. But the highlight of his career, including playing on gold, platinum and double platinum-selling albums, are the opportunities professional success has afforded him, including traveling around the world playing for our men and women in uniform. But his favorite place to be? Home, with his wife and son in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Here’s a few more fun facts about Brice!
Q&A With Brice
Where do you look for creative inspiration?
I look to my favorite drummers and ask myself, how would they approach this?
What is your favorite down-time activity to reduce stress?
Going to the shooting range or the driving range.
Of all the places you have traveled, which is your favorite?
Italy, Key West, FL or Gatlinburg, TN.
What type of music did you grow up listening to? Is it the same now? What changed?
Growing up it was a mixture of country, jazz/fusion and pop/rock. Today it’s talk radio or my iPod.
What is your favorite quote?
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke
What is your favorite Bible verse?
“Praise him with sounding cymbals, praise him with loud clashing cymbals.” (Psalms 150:5)
Brice recorded the song “I Was Here” with the 2008 ACM New Group of the year winners Lady Antebellum. The song was featured on compilation CD for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.
Brice Williams during his his Masterclass at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, 2010.
Brice performs with Mark Wills on “Looking For America” live on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for a military salute special, as seen on Noteworthy at the Opry on GAC TV.