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Christopher Williams (singer)

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Christopher Williams
Christopher Lawrence Williams

(1967-08-22) August 22, 1967 (age 56)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
Years active1988–present
RelativesElla Fitzgerald (aunt)
Musical career
OriginRichmond, Virginia, U.S.

Christopher Lawrence Williams (born August 22, 1967) is an American singer and actor. Williams, who emerged during the late 1980s as a recording artist for Geffen Records, has scored many R&B hit singles, notably "Talk to Myself" (1989), "I'm Dreamin'" (1991) and "Every Little Thing U Do" (1993).



The single "I'm Dreamin'", from the New Jack City soundtrack, became a No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts. After a six-year hiatus from recording music, he returned to the scene with Real Men Do on the indie label Renegade, in 2001. It received a glowing, flattering review in Ebony Magazine that summer. In between solo pursuits, he has been a contributor to Alex Bugnon's "As Promised", with a smooth-jazz version of Mary J. Blige's "All That I Can Say", featured on "In Your World" with Twista & The Speedknot Mobstas, a very up-tempo track on the soundtrack of "Doctor Dolittle", and on the Cafe Soul All-Stars CD with a single titled "Used to Be". Other soundtrack contributions include: "Tha 2 of Us" from the film Bulletproof, "Superhero" from the film Butter, "Boom and the Bang" (featuring R&B singer Monifah) and "I'm Yours" from the soundtrack of the stage play Men Cry in the Dark, and "Stranger in My Life" from the film Gunmen. Additional collaborations throughout his career include: "Round and Round" and "No Sunshine" from the CD Phuture Flava, "Love You More Than Words Can Say" from the CD Soul Blitz Allstars, "I Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" (a duet with Miki Howard), "You Are So Fine" (a duet with Shae), "Can't Wait to Be with You" from the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince release Code Red, "I Wanna B Ure Lover" from the F.S. Effect release So Deep It's Bottomless, and "Sexual Healing" (a duet with reggae dancehall queen Patra). At the end of 1994, Williams was also part of the group Black Men United for the hit single "U Will Know" for the film Jason's Lyric and its movie's soundtrack album, along with El DeBarge, Al B. Sure!, Gerald Levert and others.


Williams appeared in the 1991 film New Jack City in the role of Kareem Akbar, one of Nino Brown's assistants. He also had a cameo appearance in the 1990s police drama New York Undercover as "the singer", performing "Stranger in My Life", in the episode titled "The Shooter". He had another cameo in Gunmen, starring Christopher Lambert and Mario Van Peebles, singing a song titled "Stranger in My Life". Williams has also starred or co-starred in several successful off-Broadway theatre productions during the 2000s, including A Good Man Is Hard to Find, A House Is Not a Home, Men Cry in the Dark, The Love You Save, and The Man He Used to Be. Recently, Williams played a main character in the stage play The Clean-up Woman, written by JD Lawrence, alongside actresses Telma Hopkins and Jackée. Williams also appeared in the stage plays Guilty Until Proven Innocent starring K-Ci & JoJo, and The Man of Her Dreams starring Shirley Murdock and Dave Hollister of Blackstreet fame. Williams also played the role of "Ned" in the Reuben Rox 2002 B movie comedy/horror/thriller film Revenge of the Unhappy Campers (bootleg alternate title Night of the Unhappy Campers). This particular work has not been released to DVD for sale, though it can be rented in some larger markets.

Personal life[edit]

Williams was born August 22, 1967, in Bronx, New York. Williams is the nephew of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. He attended Purchase College; now known as State University of New York in Harrison, New York.

Williams has a son, who was born in 1985, from a relationship with a stylist. Williams has another son, who was born in 1990, with actress Stacey Dash. He also has a daughter, born in 1993, from a relationship with Heather Barnes.[citation needed]

From 1991 until mid–1992, Williams dated actress Halle Berry.[2][3] After Halle Berry told interviewers that an abusive ex-boyfriend struck her so hard that she lost most of the hearing in her right ear, many people assumed that Williams was the unnamed ex-boyfriend. Williams defended himself to Eurweb, the entertainment news website, denying that he ever harmed Berry, and suggesting that Berry had been referring to actor Wesley Snipes.

In 2014, Williams appeared in episodes of season 6 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta with his wife Natalie.

In October 2017, Williams was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft, accused of stealing a $99 pair of JBL headphones from a Kohl's department store in McDonough, Georgia.[4][5][6]

Williams made public in October 2022 that he had been struggling with health issues related to kidney failure and was in a coma November 5, 2021. He openly talked about his illness causing him to lose weight drastically down to 129 pounds and admitted that it was hard to pick up a fork to feed himself.[7] He made a special cameo appearance in Washington, D.C., on November 12, 2022, during curtain call of the adapted stage play of New Jack City: Live on Stage and mentioned his previous update on his health when he was hospitalized weighing 137 pounds.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions

1989 Adventures in Paradise
  • Released: July 25, 1989
  • Label: Geffen
1992 Changes
  • Released: December 29, 1992
  • Label: Uptown, MCA
63 12
1995 Not a Perfect Man
  • Released: February 28, 1995
  • Label: Giant
104 13
2001 Real Men Do
  • Released: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Renegade


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1989 "Talk to Myself" 49 4 18 Adventures in Paradise
"Promises, Promises" 7
1990 "One Girl" 31
1991 "I'm Dreamin'" 89 1 New Jack City
"I Wanna B Ure Lover" (with F.S. Effect) 52 So Deep It's Bottomless
1992 "All I See" 104 19 Changes
1993 "Every Little Thing U Do" 75 7
"Come Go with Me" 74
1995 "Dance 4 Me" 25 Not a Perfect Man
"If You Say" 91
1997 "Round and Round" Phuture Flava Vol. 1



Year Title Role Notes
1991 New Jack City Kareem Akbar
1994 Gunmen Himself
2002 Revenge of the Unhappy Campers Ned
2003 Men Cry in the Dark Pretty Tony Video
2009 The Man of Her Dreams Jamal
Thor's Hammer Grande Short
2010 The Clean Up Woman Stewart Adams
2011 The Love You Save Billy TV movie
2015 Angry Insecure Men 2 Marcus
2019 Love Dot Com: The Social Experiment Joe Jeffries


Year Legacy Role Notes
1989-92 Soul Train Himself Recurring Guest
1990 Showtime at the Apollo Himself Episode: "Episode #3.14"
1992 The Uptown Comedy Club Himself Episode: "Episode #1.3"
1993 MTV Unplugged Himself Episode: "Uptown Unplugged"
1995 New York Undercover Himself Episode: "The Shooter"
2009 Hawthorne Detective Episode: "Mother's Day"
2011 Life After Himself Episode: "Christopher Williams"
2014 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Himself Recurring Cast: season 6
2016 Inside the Label Himself Episode: "Uptown Records, Part II"
2020 Hollywood Trials Himself Episode: "Christopher Williams"
2024 Rosemary Street Mr. Eddie Slater Episode: "Third Wheel"


  1. ^ "Image: 6770.jpg, (937 × 1129 px)". Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. ^ The Jasmine Brand – A Brief & Painful History of Halle Berry's Past Relationships [Editorial]
  3. ^ People – Halle Berry's Unhappy Endings: Gabriel Aubry isn't the first – from David Justice to Wesley Snipes, the Oscar winner has had a history of bad breakups – November 28, 2012
  4. ^ AJC – R&B singer Christopher Williams accused of stealing $99 headphones – Oct. 4, 2017
  5. ^ BET – That Awkward Moment When An R&B Singer Is Arrested For Stealing Headphones (Christopher Williams was arrested for petty theft in Georgia) – October 3, 2017
  6. ^ IHEART – R&B Singer Chris Williams Busted for Stealing Expensive Headphones – October 3, 2017
  7. ^ . YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx7oJ0LnS4Y. {{cite AV media}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Christopher Williams". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2017.

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