Flying upon more than just the wings of the wind (Psalms 18:10), Devin Williams resonates with youth ministries and reinvents praise and worship with his latest record release “Pour It Out.” The synergy of his rocking sound alongside his conviction for reaching new audiences with the gospel has produced an album that hits home beyond the Christian genre. “The freedom of feeling sound all around you is what enables writers like myself to belt out every hurt and care while continuing to push the envelope on finding new avenues to deliver the message of Christ,” says Devin. “I have an undeniable passion for music and an even stronger passion for helping people know Jesus.” Many may recognize the powerful vocals and pulse pounding sound from his first release "Where Do I Begin" with the group Mouthpiece. While the same messages are still in tact, this solo release transitions beyond the aggressive and frustrated themes examined throughout the previous album. The roots of “Pour It Out” are firmly founded on the ideas of allowing God to penetrate and lead your existence while accepting that through all doubts one can find truth. “As a people we have a fear of relinquishing control,” says Devin. “I hope that my music allows audiences to get past that fear and realize that it’s not about giving up an ability to make decisions, it’s about trusting a spiritual design that’s bigger than any individual piece.”
Devin’s musical journey was pieced together throughout a diverse range of music and environments. He was reared by two musical parents in a small town just outside of Fresno, CA. His father played a variety of instruments including the piano and organ, while his mother was a drummer, dancer and a polished vocalist. “We didn’t have much money after my parents divorced,” remembers Devin. “When I was about 7, our TV went out and we couldn’t afford to fix it. I didn’t have anything else to do so I started playing my father’s musical instruments. It was at that point that creating and listening to music became my main source of entertainment.” As a music teacher, his father taught Devin any instrument that he could handle: piano, trumpet, baritone, French horn, bass guitar, drums and then finally the guitar. “The guitar was special because I could play the guitar hard like a percussive instrument and I could sing which allowed me to release even more of my teenage woes.” Through his teenage years his musical influences spread across a wide perspective of music including: Soundgarden, DC Talk, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Hendrix, Third Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Eric Clapton, etc. From his childhood church performances and rock cover bands in his teenage Kentucky years to his current spirit fused alternative rock, Devin’s vocals and pounding rhythm pour through the listener’s veins and dances among the soul’s playground.
The dreams of this quickly surfacing contemporary Christian artist are capturing the industry’s attention and allowing him to take the stage alongside some of its leaders including Jeff Deyo (former member of SonicFlood). “His voice is amazing, his talent is very evident and his heart and commitment to seeing God work through him is steadfast and contagious,” says Deyo. Mac Powell of Third Day also states that he is not only impressed by his music, but by his desire to spread the message of God’s love and grace. “You won’t be disappointed! I believe God has something special for this guy,” says Powell.
When Williams isn’t on the stage or spreading the word through youth ministries, you’ll find him at home with his wife and children. “At this point, when I can find free time I try to spend every minute with my family. So you’ll find me pushing trains or fighting action figures with my 3 year old or playing teething toys with my 5 month old. God has blessed my wife with a lot of patience, whew, cause who knows what’s in store for her living in the house with 3 boys.”
“Pour It Out,” certainly captures the heart of Christian faith in a contemporary package that is great for any family or church, especially those looking for a new spark on connecting with younger generations. With faith being such an intense and emotional subject, it is safe to proclaim with great confidence that Devin has found the perfect bridge with his rockin’ praise and worship project.
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