A huge year for Zach Williams

Zach Williams (Source: Craig Rickert)
Zach Williams (Source: Craig Rickert)
Zach Williams (Source: KAIT)
Zach Williams (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - What a year it has been for Zach Williams.  A year ago he was a worship leader, singing every Sunday at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Now, the Bono native is a bonified star in Contemporary Christian Music.  All thanks to a great song that's making him a star.

"I was kind of preparing myself for the worst," Williams said. "What happens if we put the song out and it doesn't break?"

That's what Zach Williams worried about in the days leading up to the  release of his debut single, "Chain Breaker".

What happened next crushed that concern right away.

"I don't think our record label was prepared for it.  We were all hoping it would happen."

Chain Breaker broke through with radio listeners nationwide. Within weeks, the song, Williams first on the Christian Charts, made it all the way to number one.  It spent nine weeks at number one on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart and over four months at the top of iTunes charts.

Even more incredible is how quickly this all happened.  Zach just signed with Provident Records in February.

What touches Williams the most is how his song is impacting people. He says it's truly changing lives.

"Getting stories from people and hearing what the song has done for someone in their family that has had problems with drugs or alcohol for me that's been the most life-changing thing. I knew it could be done, I just didn't know it was going to happen with my song," Williams says.

In addition to the chart-topping success, Williams was nominated for a Grammy in early December for Chain Breaker.

He didn't even think the song was eligible for the Grammys until next year.

"The Grammy thing totally caught me off guard.  I didn't even know it was eligible for an award like that," he said.

"It would be awesome to win. I'd probably get up there and say... I don't know what I'd say," he added.

If he wins and gets to make that thank you speech at the Grammys in February, Williams says he won't forget the number one reason for all this incredible success.

"Don't forget, stuff like this doesn't happen," Williams said. " You don't put your song out there and it goes number one as an unknown artist.  You don't stay at the top of the charts and nobody has heard of you so just know that God is using you and God is doing this.  I said I know. I still feel like the little kid from Bono, Arkansas and this is just crazy to me that all of this has happened."
What's next?  Touring and pushing his new, full-length, 10 song LP that just came out. It's available for download on iTunes and the Google Play store.

Zach's tour schedule is very busy next year.  So far he has over 120 dates booked.  That includes touring with Chris Tomlin.

Zach says he thinks he'll be a headline act by the fall.

Will he win that Grammy?  We'll find out on February 12, 2017 when the Grammys are announced in Los Angeles.

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