|About Tionne ||A native of Los Angeles, California, Tionne Williams spent the first twelve years of his life growing up in L.A.’s toughest neighborhood, the hardcore battled tested streets of Watts USA. In an effort to detour him from the drugs and gang violence on the block his grandmother, renowned gospel singer BJ Stanton, made sure that rain or shine he and his five siblings made it to church with her every Sunday. “My grandmother, BJ Stanton, she is hands down my biggest musical inspiration. She is the one that really cultivated that musical gift within me and gave me the unction to go boldly in pursuit of my dreams”, says Tionne. By age 6, Tionne began attending weekly choir rehearsals where his grandmother, the choir instructor, would soon discover his natural ability to sing and he would spend the next six years honing his craft under her strict no non-sense training regiment. By age 12, the family moved to Seattle, Washington and as a testament to his unmistakable God given talent along with all the hard work he put in with grandma, young Tionne would be immediately accepted into the prestige Washington State Children’s Mass Choir where he would soon become a featured soloist.
By age 16, Tionne developed a passion for acting and after a brief stay in Chattanooga, TN, he moved back home to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film. As an actor, success came somewhat easy for Tionne, his ability and winning talents landed him many opportunities in Hollywood. While living in the City of Angels, he was bitten hard by the acting bug and he made several television appearances on such shows as “ER”, “Boston Public”, “City of Angels”, “Moesha” and “The Young and The Restless” just to name a few. He also found himself working as a model and providing his talents to the stage plays “What Every Woman Wants”, the NAACP Image Award winning “Forgotten Treasures” and the critically acclaimed “God’s Trying To Tell You Something”, where Tionne shared the stage alongside veteran gospel greats Tramaine Hawkins, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Tonex, and R&B Sensation Angie Stone. He also provided the background vocals for the popular David E. Talbert play “The Fabric of A Man”. Not one to ignore his foundation, Tionne began developing charity benefits while still performing on stage with some of the biggest names in the world of Gospel and R&B music. “After the 2004 South East Asia Tsunami, God placed it on my heart to put together a benefit concert entitled “A Song 4U: A Concert of Hope” to stand alongside countless organizations who strived to restore the lives of those who survived. I called on all my artist friends: Patti Labelle, CeCe Winans, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters, Hezekiah Walker and so many others and they came and performed with me in support of such a worthy cause. What a shouting good time we had, my god!” says Tionne. Not long after, Tionne was nominated as “Rising Star of Year” by The Los Angeles Black Music Awards.
2007 proved to be a break year for the talented young man, co-starring in his latest flick “Holla” released by Lionsgate, an urban horror comedy that Movie Guide called “Viciously Hilarious” and is currently available on DVD. Eventually his work paid off again with the opportunity to capture the attention of Producer, Tyler Perry. Although Tionne was solidly building his acting credits, he invariably found himself returning to his first love, Music.
In addition to providing mesmerizing entertainment, the goal of Tionne’s music is to give his audience an understanding of both his dynamic musical instrument and his rich musical history, and he is steadily building the foundation to a very successful career.
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