What does Ty Herndon's "Hands of a Working Man," Rascal Flatts' "I'm Moving On," and James Otto's "Just Got Started Loving You" have in common? D. Vincent Williams had a hand in writing all of those hits! The road hasn't always been easy for D. Vincent, however. Williams began playing guitar at the age of 11 and by age 14 had penned his first song for his mother. In college his time was spent with the group 'Five's A Crowd' until they split in 1995. At that time D. Vincent Williams decided to make the move to Nashville. He nearly turned around in Arkansas, but music pulled him through as he penned a song on the side of the road.
Just hours after being in Music City, a job opened up and Williams began flipping steaks. Six months later, he had signed a deal with a major label. After two years and no record, D. Vincent left the label with the hopes of something better. He got just that a week later when Ty Herndon requested to record a song with intentions of releasing it as a single. The success of "Hands of a Working Man" led way to artists such as Reba, Kenny Rogers, Jason Aldean, Ronnie Milsap, and others to include songs by D. Vincent Williams on their albums.
D. Vincent Williams has now created a musical masterpiece of his own for us to hear. On Bigger Picture Records, Williams has released a self-titled EP. All songs are self-penned and one may actually sound familiar. "Down By The River" was previously released as the final track on the 2012 ACM Awards Spotlight CD. This upbeat song with a classic country feel is different than the rest of the EP which contains more ballads and intricate lyrics as opposed to the playful skinny dippin' song that acts as the opening track on the EP. As an avid country listener, I am one for a great melody and lyrics which is exactly what D. Vincent Williams does throughout the entire EP. It is hard to narrow down just a few songs to highlight, but whether you are going back to the days when everything was "Plain and Simple," sitting next to a beautiful girl with "Those Wings," or wishing you could relive your life with a "Second Time Around" all of these songs show the pure talent that Williams has in writing and performing.
The standout track to me is "Seventeen." A simple song about growing up and looking back, this song starts off as D. Vincent is standing outside the liquor store looking for a guy to buy him alcohol and progresses as he wonders what has happened to his neighbors. "It's a trip/ I won't lie/ watching years flying by/ it's the ride of my life/ yeah it's a scream/ I'm aware middle-age is getting closer everyday/ I'm almost there, but I swear I don't feel anything/ any different than I did at seventeen." As the song closes, Williams is no longer getting carded, but he still feels the same as he did at seventeen.
The single "Down By The River" is at radio now and available on iTunes now! Unfortunately, the EP is not available to the public yet, but you can head over to dvincentwilliams.com to get your fix of the tunes and check him out. This is just the start of a long recording career, so expect a full-length debut soon from the hit-maker. Until then, check D. Vincent Williams out on facebook.com/d.vincentwilliams or twitter.com/dvincentmusic