By Mike Romero
South Provo composer Richard Williams has an ambitious goal: create an iconic big band and orchestral Christmas album – the type of Christmas albums Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Andy Williams have made in the past. You know, the ones that really make it into the zeitgeist and end up in holiday rotation year after year after year.
“I have it already written,” says Williams. “I am going for that classic, timeless sound – one that I thought the world could use more of.”
With a resumé like his, Williams is sure to achieve his goal. In the past, he has written viral cinema pop for the Provo group TREN, won two Student Emmys while a student at BYU, and successfully raised $112K for an original book soundtrack to accompany Brandon Sanderson’s novel The Way of Kings back in 2017.
His Kickstarter for this project has already met its goal of $20K with just under a week to go. Ten singers are already lined up to feature, and top players will be recording his compositions in Los Angeles and Budapest. It’s an exciting project, and one that means a lot to Williams personally.
“The music industry is a very saturated sea of talented yet struggling musicians,” he says. “It’s an environment that can be downright exhausting and frustrating – trying to ‘make it.’ My hope is that this will help me get to the next level in my career to show what I can create in one of the most beloved genres of music.”