Grammy nomination for Jonesboro's Zach Williams and Jonathan Smith

Zach Williams nominated for a grammy
Jonathan Smith (Source: KAIT)
Jonathan Smith (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The 2017 Grammy Awards will have a Region 8 feel. Bono native Zach Williams' song, "Chain Breaker," was nominated Tuesday for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category.

"My phone has been going crazy all day, trying to figure out if this is real life or a dream. I see my name on the list and pinch myself," Williams said.

"Chain Breaker" has changed Williams' life. He signed with Provident Records early this year and his premier single has already hit number one on the Christian charts and now it's earned him a Grammy nomination.

"It may take weeks or months for me to really be able to describe it to somebody. I'm just honored to be a part of it," Williams said.

"Chain Breaker" was co-written by Williams, Mia Fieldes and Jonathan Smith. Smith is also a native of Craighead County. He and Zach have been working together for two years. "Chain Breaker" is their first single. Smith says Williams' rise from Worship Leader at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro to a Grammy nomination in less than a year is practically unheard of.

"That's not the typical story by any means. This is really unlike anything I've ever been a part of and for a lot of other people involved it would be the same story. To have something move this quickly and impact people on such a big level," Smith said.

Williams gives all the glory to God.

"It's really cool that God allowed me to use my personal story and given me a platform to reach people through this."

The song is up against Lauren Daigle, King and Country, Natalie Grant and Hillary Scott and the Scott Family.

We'll see if Zach Williams' name is called when the Grammys air on February 12.

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