Jazz vocalist – and former White Rock resident – Chris Williams performs Oct. 13 at Blue Frog Studios.

Jazz vocalist – and former White Rock resident – Chris Williams performs Oct. 13 at Blue Frog Studios.

Long-awaited homecoming

Chris Williams performs Oct. 13

Former White Rock resident and professional jazz vocalist Chris Williams is coming back to his hometown for one night only to perform a collection of songs.

Williams, who was heavily involved with Semiahmoo High School’s music program and trained with instructors David Proznick and Kevin Lee, said it’s good to be coming home.

“It feels so amazing, I haven’t been back in so long and I have changed so much since I left,” said Williams. “I have grown so much musically in the 16 years since I moved to California. I’m excited to share so much with my friends and family.”

After finding tumours on his liver, Williams was in and out of hospitals for treatment and surgery for the past two years. The strain of a large tour is not currently an option for the vocalist, but he says when deciding the one place he would perform, his hometown was his top pick.

“There was not a month in 2010 that I did not stay in the hospital,” said Williams. “I decided that this intimate concert in my hometown would be a perfect place for me – not the strain of a 20- or 30-city tour.”

Since moving to California, the award-winning musician has performed at many prestigious venues, including The Bing Crosby Estate and the Ritz Carlton Jazz Series.

Williams is currently working on an album of songs based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – something concert-goers can look forward to hearing at the show, he said.

He will perform in White Rock at Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnston Rd., at 8 p.m. Oct. 13. For tickets, visit bluefrogstudios.ca

 

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