Williams was born in North London to a Welsh father and a Jamaican mother. He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford and on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music in London. During his time there he made his operatic debut as Tarquinius in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.
He has appeared as a soloist with English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, New Israeli Opera, BBC Proms and at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has also worked with orchestras throughout Europe, including all the BBC orchestras in the UK, and has given recitals at venues such as the Wigmore Hall.
On 13 September 2014 Williams was soloist at the Last Night of the Proms for the first time. In the course of the evening, he performed in the Richard Strauss cantata, Taillefer, sang his own arrangements of two songs, and was the soloist in "Rule Britannia".
He is the president of Junior Saint James Singers (Stratford-Upon-Avon choir) and is married with a son and two daughters.
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- Allmusic Guide biography.
- Ingpen & Williams agency website.
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- "BBC Proms 2014: Last Night of the Proms, review: 'soaringly carried away'", The Telegraph, 14 September 2014. Accessed 15 September 2014.
- Signum Records biography