BORN: Brandon Williams in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
BIG BREAK: He was signed by producer Scott Storch and signed to SoBe Entertainment, where he is still signed.
EDUCATION: Church. Williams’ father was a minister and like a lot of African-American recording artists, he developed his interest in music that way.
BACK STORY: After getting his start in church, Williams performed at every talent show, concert, pep rally and event in his native Florida where he could achieve some exposure. It ultimately paid off in a record deal in 2004.
RESUME: He’s worked with Kay Gee, The Roots, El DeBarge and Red Spyda.
FUN FACTS: Urban Mystic was a name Williams chose to reflect both his urban sensibility and the spirituality of his music. Urban Mystic was once a member of the loosely formed Spitkicker collective which included Kanye West, MF Doom, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli and others at various times.
LATEST WORK: “Love Interventions” which comes out on July 31. Until then, you can download his mixtape “Love and War” here.
ON TWITTER: @UrbanMystic1
ON MYSPACE: www.myspace.com/urbanmystic
"The name Urban Mystic came from the CEO of my record label, Cecil Barker. He gave me the name. The name pretty much describes me as a person. I'm very spiritual and grounded. A lot of people get it twisted. I have a band that I travel with and a lot of people think it's the band's name. A lot of people think it's a group. But it's just me: I'm Urban Mystic." About.com (2011)
“I first learned I wanted to do this seriously at the age of 13. My older brother took me in the studio and he put me on one of the tracks that he was working on. When I heard the track back; I always used to hear myself sing, from listening to myself, that was my first time hearing myself played back on tape, I was like 'wow', that's my voice on that tape. It sounded good, so it made me wanted to pursue this and make it a career. Ever since then I've been at it for real.” Singersroom.com (2006)
“I grew up singing in the church choir. You get the best training and singing in the Church. Sister Johnson sitting in the front pew won’t mind telling if you didn’t sound good. I learned a whole lot. When I’m on stage, I get in my zone do my thing.” Bellaonline.com (2005)