Warren H Williams

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This article is about the musician. For the 19th century architect, see Warren Heywood Williams.
Warren H Williams
Birth name Warren Hedley Williams
Born (1963-12-27) 27 December 1963 (age 51)
Origin Ntaria Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
Genres Country music
Instruments Guitar
Website www.warrenhwilliams.com candidates.greens.org.au/warren-h-williams

Warren Hedley Williams (born 27 December 1963) is a singer, musician and song writer from Hermannsburg in Central Australia. Williams is an Arrernte man who plays country music and works as a DJ on CAAMA Radio in Alice Springs and on the National Indigenous Radio Service.[1] He started playing guitar at six with his father Gus Williams. Williams stood as lead Australian Greens candidate for the two Northern Territory seats in the Australian Senate in the 2010 federal election,[2] and again in the 2013 federal election.[3][4]

Williams was nominated for an ARIA Award in 1998 for Best Indigenous Release for the song "Raining On The Rock".[5] Williams won a Deadly in 1998 for Single Release of the Year for the duet "Raining on the Rock" and another in 2001 for his album Where My Heart Is.[6] In 2006 Warren was the 'NAIDOC Artist of the Year' and won "Song of the Year" at Music NT’s 2006 Indigenous Music Awards. Warren H Williams was in 2004 presented with a Country Music Centenary Medal from CMAA for service to Australian society through music and in 2008 was an inductee into the Country Music Hands Of Fame in Tamworth.[7] With John Williamson and Amos Morris he won a Golden Guitar Award for Bush Ballad of the Year in 2009.[8]

He regularly tours with John Williamson, including 'Mates on the Road', 'Stone and Wire', 'Chandelier of Stars' and 'Wildlife Warrior on Tour'.[9] In 2004 he was the subject of an episode of the television series Nganampa Anwernekenhe.[10] In 2007 his musical, Magic Coolamon, debuted as the first ever Central Australian Indigenous musical.[11]

Williams was announced the 2012 Red Ochre Award winner at the National Indigenous Arts Awards.[12]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Western Wind (1995) – CAAMA Music
  • Country Friends & Me (1998) – CAAMA Music
Featuring John Williamson, Greg Champion, Jimmy Little, Johnny Chester, Ted Egan and Natasha Fullerton.
Includes the duet "Raining on the Rock" with John Williamson
  • Where My Heart Is (2001) – CAAMA Music
  • Places In Between (2002) – CAAMA Music
  • Be Like Home (2005) – CAAMA Music
  • Looking Out (2009) – Heartland

Warren H. Williams & The Warumunga Songmen[edit]

  • Winanjjara (2012) - ABC Music

Collaborations & Others[edit]

  • Gus Williams – Through The Years
Williams plays guitar on his fathers album.
  • Country Ebony – Southern Cross'
An instrumental album featuring Warren and friends (family).
  • Warren H Williams, John Williamson & Pixie Jenkins – Mates On the Road' (2004)


  1. ^ "Biographical details". Warren H. Williams. Warren H Williams. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Nancarrow, Kirsty: Greens choose entertainer as Senate candidate, ABC News, 14 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Australian Greens NT Candidates". Australian Greens. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Aston, Heath (26 June 2013). "Country singer challenges Peris in Senate race". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Aria Awards
  6. ^ The 2001 Deadlys
  7. ^ Australian Country Music Hands of Fame
  8. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 25 January 2009 Kasey rattles the gongs by Matt Buchanan
  9. ^ Muster.com.au Warren H Williams
  10. ^ Warren H Williams, the stories, the songs (2004)
  11. ^ Magic Coolamon - First Central Australian Indigenous Musical
  12. ^ "Warren H. Williams 2012 Red Ochre Award winner". indigenous.gov.au. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 

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