Chris Williams • Keyboards
Chris started playing keyboards in mid-1987 and joined his first band during his senior year in high school. In the years that followed, he’s been in two other bands, and has been involved in the worship teams of a number of local churches. He’s had the humbling privilege of playing alongside Phil Driscoll, Mylon LeFevre and David Huff at various points over the years.
He grew up in a religious home and attended church even as a child, but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that his faith became his own. He found a church home in a non-denominational congregation and spent about twenty years there. He grew and matured, and as a result of some life changes, eventually found his way to the United Methodist church where he and his wife Jennifer met.
According to Chris, music has a special role in the Kingdom of God, which we see exemplified in 2 Kings 3. There, we read that King Jehoshaphat of Judah had joined forces with the king of Israel to deal with the rebellious king of Moab, but it looked like it wasn’t going to end well for them. When Jehoshaphat learned that the prophet Elisha was there, he went to him to seek the word of the Lord. In verse 15, Elisha called for a musician, and when the musician began to play, the Spirit of the Lord moved upon Elisha and the Word of the Lord came forth. “Anointed music,” Chris explains, “is the oil that helps the Holy Spirit flow in our lives. Elisha didn’t want that musician because he wanted a killer groove; he needed the musician to usher in the prophetic anointing that ultimately won the day.”
Although music has been a part of his life since early grade school, Chris’s first meaningful exposure to synthesizers was “Jump,” Van Halen’s classic that featured the iconic Oberheim OB-X played through a Marshall stack. Another early influence included John Lawry, keyboardist of the pioneering Christian rock band Petra. His keyboard work—particularly the “Jesus Loves You” solo (performed on the Fairlight II) from the band’s “Captured in Time and Space” live record—further fueled Chris’s interest in keyboards and the sonic palette they made possible.
When he’s not on the road or in the studio with 1TK, Chris works as a professional math tutor at a local community college. In addition to his work, he’s also pursuing his master’s degree in mathematics. He lives with his beautiful bride Jennifer in the Great Lakes Bay region of Michigan, and together they have a daughter, two sons and J.T., the Great North American Chicken Dog.
Chris’s hobbies include photography, travel, getting his backside handed to him at Halo by his son, and visiting the lighthouses on the Great Lakes. He’s also working on a solo instrumental project entitled “Daybreak.” Chris is also a major-league nerd who can talk at length about Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Godzilla, and can remember every phone number and license plate he’s ever had.
Chris’s Stage Gear
- Hammond XK-1c Clonewheel Organ
- Korg Kronos 2 73-key Music Workstation
- Alesis Vortex Wireless Keytar
- Outboard Gear
- Livewire Passive DI
- Behringer Micromix MX400
- ProLine Dual-Tier Stand
- M-Audio Pedals