"Take Me Higher" (2nd Version)(1996) Williams Sisters




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Published on May 24, 2019

This is track 6 from the 1996 album "Live on the East Coast - Let Every Ear Hear".
Lead by Renee Williams
The Williams Sisters are Terry (mother), Renee, Janice, Vanessa and Juliet.

The Williams Sisters' traditional, evangelistic Gospel music springs from their early experiences as being the children of Rev. James and Terry Williams, people who were not only musically gifted themselves but dedicated to serving Jesus Christ. Being effective evangelists, the Williams traveled along the East Coast spreading the Gospel in word and music, in between making a living in several vocations at their home base in South Carolina, when the five daughters and one son, James Jr. were still small.
The Williams children accompanied their parents on these evangelical crusades, and as they all had musical gifts, became part of a family musical group, The Crusaders for Christ. Rev. James and Terry Williams were the role models for their children, teaching them by their own faith walk that "Only what you do for Christ will last."

In 1978, The Williams family moved back to their home town of Philadelphia, PA. The five daughters and one son, James Jr. began their own musical Gospel ministry. Young James learned the bass guitar, and Juliette became the group's drummer. Throughout the '80's, using a varying roster of talented musicians to fill in as musical accompaniment for the core group, this "young act" developed a loyal following in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, as well as North and South Carolina.
The late '80's brought some new, promising developments for the Williams family. In 1987, The Williams siblings and their mother, Terry, released their first independent album. In 1988, Rev. James Williams was formally called to the ministry and became the pastor of Philadelphia's Temple of Christ.

In 1992, they released another independent album, much to the delight of their fans in Philadelphia. In 1996, on a tiny independent label, they released an album, LIVE ON THE EAST COAST: LET EVERY EAR HEAR, a collection of original, traditional, classic Gospel songs done in the Williams musical style, which got them noticed by the mainstream music industry, when the album made it to the top ten in the Gospel music world.

The single from that album, JESUS WILL PICK YOU UP was a huge hit, giving them national exposure, and became their signature song, a calling card which introduced them to audiences at their concerts. Two years of touring and concerts resulted from this album, as they rode the wave of success, giving them many opportunities to spread the Gospel through their music.
Trying times to build their character and faith in the Lord appeared in the form of "business complications". Although these complications prevented them from recording another album for 7 years, The Williams Sisters continued to vigorously step out in faith, serving Jesus Christ through their music ministry, living the truth that their parents instilled in them so long ago; "Only what you do for Christ will last." They continued touring and performing in concerts, still running the race they were called to by the Lord, so long ago.

Five years into this trying period of time, The Williams Sisters shared the stage at a local Philadelphia concert with the well-known Gospel group, The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Producer / promoter Tony Beck was in the audience that evening, and approached them about doing an album on his Messiah Records.
This association resulted in the 8 night concert series in Lucerne, Switzerland, which led to their latest album, POWER IN THE HOUSE, their first album in seven years.


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