Jeanette Williams, lead vocalist, bass player and award-winning songwriter, began her singing career in 1989, with a local country band performing at amateur recreations of the Grand Ole Opry. Since that time, she has been the recipient of a number of awards including the 2012 and 2009 SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award in the traditional category, named the Virginia Folk Music Association’s State Champion Female Vocalist, PICABO Entertainer of the Year (4 times), and PICABO Female Vocalist (4 times). She has garnered no less than 6 nominations for SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year and is a 2005 graduate of IBMA Leadership Bluegrass.
Jeanette has been featured in both Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Now magazines to name a few. She has recorded more than 10 projects, including the critically acclaimed 1999 Doobie Shea Records release, “Cherry Blossoms in the Springtime”, which spent 9 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Survey Album Chart. She is featured also featured on the “Daughters of Bluegrass, "Back To The Well” album that earned group the prestigious IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award in 2006 and on the group's 2008 album, "Bluegrass Bouquet."
The title track of Jeanette’s last solo album, THANK YOU FOR CARING on Blue Circle Records, is a duet with country music legend George Jones. Written by Dixie and Tom T. Hall, the song tells the true story of a little girl Miss Dixie met while gathering items for the relief effort in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Although the family had few material possessions, the girl unselfishly donated her own chest of drawers, and tenderly commented, “Thank you for caring.” A portion of the proceeds from album sales will be donated to the American Red Cross for continuing disaster relief.
THANK YOU FOR CARING also features Jeanette’s award-winning “Enough Of You,” recipient of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (bluegrass division) at MerleFest in 2007. Another stand-out song is current Bluegrass Unlimited chart hit single, "Bad Money" written by Lonesome River Band lead singer and guitarist, Brandon Rickman.
Jeanette is now on tour with Freeman-Williams. This group brings a fresh sound from award-winning veteran performers, Jeanette Williams, Johnny Williams and Scott Freeman. This trio comes together with an arsenal of talent... all are accomplished musicians, vocalists and songwriters and bring these talents together to create magical sounds that move from old-time straight through bluegrass to old-time country music. Each artist brings tremendous talent to the table but when combined, the result is incredible. The group has completed their first recording for Mountain Roads Recordings, a self-titled release, Freeman & Williams, released February 2012. The album showcases the group with original creations along with some well-known favorites and some not so well known classics.