Andrea R. Williams has loved God since she can remember. The daughter of the late Rev. Dr. John T. Williams and Yvonne G. Williams, she has always had a desire to please the Lord. Coming from a family filled with pastors, preachers, evangelists, Sunday School teachers and deacons, church was a normal part of her life. Blessed with the gift of prophecy and discernment, she speaks (and writes) what “thus saith the Lord.” Her goal is to chase after God with everything in her. In 2006, it was the voice of the Lord that told her to step out in faith and do ministry full-time.
CEO of Tehillah Enterprises
Tehillah Enterprises (pronounced teh-HEE-lah) was started by Andrea R. Williams in 1999. She began the company because she felt a strong need to help publicize what was happening in the Christian community. "When I entered the gospel music industry, it was a learning process for me. In my desire to find out all I could about the industry, I located a wealth of information. But it seemed to me that it wasn't being shared. I felt there was so much information I knew was vital to many who felt the call of God on their lives to enter music ministry. It was at that point that I felt compelled to share what I had learned with others," says Williams. It was her desire to help artists reach their full potential and give back a little of what God had given her that she decided to start Tehillah Enterprises. Since that time, the company has received national recognition by positioning ministries through securing countless media opportunities.
Tehillah has created campaigns that have placed Gospel artists on magazine covers, Billboard charts and award stages. Tehillah’s efforts have opened doors for national appearances, endorsement deals, and opportunities to give back to the community through charitable causes. Through artist development sessions, the company has refined artists’ performances giving them tips to help them minister more effectively. Through artist management, Tehillah Enterprises has provided new opportunities including securing a coveted performance at the legendary Blues Alley. Tehillah has excelled in the field of marketing and publicity. The publicity firm has done work for notables such as Gladys Knight and Paul Anthony of Full Force (for their Gospel releases), Andrae’ Crouch, Byron Cage, Earnest Pugh, Bishop Derek Grier & Grace Worship Team, Bishop David G. Evans, Pastor Riva Tims & Majestic Praise, Pastor Bill Winston & Living Word Choir, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Anita Wilson, Apostle Kevin Davidson, Alvin Slaughter, Martha Munizzi, Steven Ford, DeWayne Woods, and many others. The company's clients have been recognized with award wins and nominations including GRAMMYs, Dove Awards, Stellar Awards, NAACP Image Awards and other accolades. In June 2018, Tehillah Enterprises moved from a strictly music-based clientele to a broader, faith-based clientele. The company now offers publicity, marketing, advertising and consulting services to Christian businesses, faith-based organizations and a variety of ministries.
Former GRAMMY Awards Project Manager
A former 8-year employee of The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY Awards), she assisted in starting the D.C. Chapter - from the ground up - and making it the fastest growing GRAMMY Chapter in the history of the GRAMMY Awards. During her time with the popular industry association, she organized events with such mainstream artists as U2, Natalie Cole, John Mayer, Anthony Hamilton, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Usher, Billy Taylor, Chris Brown, Raheem Devaughn, Chuck Brown, Nile Rodgers, Gloria Estefan, George Clinton, Bruce Hornsby, Jimmy Jam and dozens of others.
She assisted in the coordination of the GRAMMY Salute To Gospel Music Event for several years and held her own GRAMMY Gospel music event in DC resulting in a record-setting number of people joining the Academy. Also during her tenure at the GRAMMY Awards, she brought legends of Gospel music into the Academy's membership ranks. Artists like Kim Burrell, Tonex, Tramaine Hawkins and Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers became members at Williams' prompting. In addition, through her efforts, Donald Lawrence and Richard Smallwood not only became members of the Recording Academy, but ultimately, served on the national board giving Gospel music a louder voice with one of music's most influential organizations.
Gospel Industry Insider
She created the Gospel News Update in 1999. News from the e-zine was included during its daily radio segment on the former Heaven 1580AM's Midday Show with Cheryl Jackson as well as during "Access Praise" on Radio One's Praise WPRS, Praise 104.1FM. She also was the author of the D.C. Gospel News Update, which hit thousands in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore, MD metropolitan area. DCGospelNewsUpdate.com, a complement to The D.C. Gospel News Update e-zine had extensive information in reference to Gospel music in the Nation's Capital. Williams has been cited in the Gospel Industry Roundup, The Bible of the Gospel Music Industry, as a "Mover & Shaker" in the Washington, D.C. area alongside gospel notables Richard Smallwood, Jacquie Gales-Webb, Patrick Ellis and Cheryl Jackson.
She's been a guest panelist for many conferences and contests including the Kellogg's Gospel Sing-Off Competition, the National Gospel Artist Showcase, the Northeast Artists Guild East Coast Music & Worship Conference, the Ministers Of Music Summit, the Bobby Jones Gospel Industry Retreat and the United States Army Entertainment Division's Stars Of Tomorrow Contests. She was featured on Former NAACP Chair Kweisi Mfume's television show, "The Bottom Line", on their segment about the rising popularity of gospel music. In addition, she was a featured panelist for the 2006 Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference in Washington, D.C. She was also included in former BET's Lift Every Voice Host Gerard Henry's book, Voices Of Inspiration, along with noted personalities like Yolanda Adams and Tonex. Tehillah Enterprises was featured in the August 2005 edition of Gospel Today Magazine in the magazine article, "Untangling The Web".
Gospel Singer, Songwriter & Pianist
A Gospel singer and songwriter, Williams has sung background with such artists as Byron Cage, Richard Smallwood, Jeff Majors and Kirk Franklin (as a member of her churches' praise teams). She's also been blessed to have Ricky Dillard, Byron Cage, Earnest Pugh and Richard Smallwood as choir directors. She also studied classical piano as a youth and took private lessons for 10 years. She is a member of Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, MD.
Berklee College of Music Student
She is currently finishing up her Bachelor's Degree in the Music Business from one of the most notable music schools in the world, Berklee College of Music. Since starting her education at Berklee Online, she has remained on the school's Dean's List, currently on track to graduate summa cum laude in 2019. Known as a gifted soloist, she studied music (as a voice major) at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA.
Writer, Interviewer & Author
Williams has been a freelance writer for Gospelcity.com, BlackGospel.com, Gospel Today Magazine, Charisma, Ministries Today, SpiritLed Woman and Xii Magazine. As an interviewer, she's interviewed dozens of popular artists including Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Donald Lawrence, Richard Smallwood, Tonex, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Byron Cage, CeCe Winans, Tye Tribbett, Smokie Norful, Martha Munizzi, Kim Burrell, J Moss, Hezekiah Walker, Jeff Majors, Daryl Coley, Tramaine Hawkins, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Walter Hawkins, LaShun Pace, Bishop Paul S. Morton, and Dr. Bobby Jones. In early 2017, she completed her first book, Live The Life You Sing About.
Award Recipient & Nominee
In 2000, she received the Yaw Buama Award for "Outstanding Contributions In The Gospel Music Industry" from Gospel News TV in Alexandria, Virginia. Tehillah Enterprises received 2016 & 2013 Rhythm of Gospel Award Nominations for Gospel Radio Promotions & Marketing Group of the Year. She was also named “Top Ten Hero In Gospel In Washington D.C. in 2013.
Former Church Employee & Bookstore Manager
Andrea Rene’ Williams is also the former bookstore manager of Metropolitan Baptist Church Bookstore. The bookstore, which was located in Washington, DC, saw its growth triple while Williams managed the store. After leaving the full-time position after 3 years, she went on to manage a mainstream bookstore, Benjamin Books, located inside of Ronald Reagan National Airport in DC.
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