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|Birth name||Frederick Brandon Williams|
|Born||February 13, 1966|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Labels||Columbia Records (1993 - 1997)
RMD Entertainment/Mega Bop (2004 - present)
|Associated acts||C+C Music Factory|
Frederick Brandon Williams (born February 13, 1966), better known by his stage name Freedom Williams is an American hip hop and dance music performer, who gained fame as the lead vocalist on C+C Music Factory's biggest hits.
His rapping can be prominently heard on many of C+C's songs from their debut album, including Billboard Hot 100 #1 "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," as well as other major hits "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)" and "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..." All three of those songs hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play record chart. According to C+C Music Factory founder Robert Clivillés he and (co-founder) David Cole had asked him in 1994 to work on new C+C Music Factory material but he refused.
Williams also released solo material. Williams solo debut, Freedom was released on June 1, 1993, on Columbia Records. The single "Voice of Freedom" peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1993, and its follow-up, "Groove Your Mind," also charted on the Club Play chart, peaking at #33. In 2004 he enjoyed chart success again in the UK with his single "Sweat the Remixes" on RMD Entertainment. The song got national airplay and peaked at #8 on the UK Dance Charts that year. Williams contributed all the rap vocals for Eurodance act Masterboy's digital-only Best-of-release "US Album" from 2006.
Williams has since continued to work, writing solo material and performing.
Freedom has made his entry into film; he has written and directed a short film called Freedom Williams’ Life Goes On which was released in early 2011. He also was an actor in an episode of Red Shoe Diaries.
- Freedom (1993, Columbia Records)
- Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (2004, RMD Entertainment/Mega Bop)
- "Voice of Freedom"
- "Groove Your Mind"
- "Proud Warrior"
- "Back In"
- "Sweat the Remixes"
- List of number-one hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart