A dynamic woman with a powerful life story, Karyn Williams is the eldest daughter of Orlando Magic Senior Vice President, Pat Williams. Her international family includes brothers and sisters adopted from all over the world. At the age of four years old, she waited at the airport as two little Korean sisters were carried off of an airplane and into the arms of the waiting Williams family. It was the first of seven different adoption experiences in which fourteen children from all over the world would become her brothers and sisters.
In the summer of 2007, Karyn felt a calling on her life to use her music to share her faith. With Gods leading, big dreams and gut wrenching determination, she packed her car and headed to Nashville to begin her musical journey. Little did she know that within two years, her songs would catch the attention of Nashville’s A-list, and she would appear on a major record project with Dolly Parton, Charley Pride and Vince Gill. This would lead to her signing a publishing deal with Brentwood Benson / Universal Music. More doors would open and she would soon have the opportunity to be featured at events alongside David Foster, Reba McEntire, Josh Groban, Jordin Sparks, Al Roker and Sean & Lee Anne Tuohy (Blindside).
In the spring of 2009 Karyn found herself in the studio working on her first radio single, “Rejoice”, written & co-produced with Brian White (13 #1 CCM songs) and Barry Weeks (producer of Avalon’s latest chart topping project). A song true to Karyn’s heart and faith, “Rejoice” shares the message that in all things God is in control and we can rejoice in His faithfulness. Released in the summer of 2010 as the lead single, her first full-length studio album will follow in the fall.
Firmly committed to giving back, Karyn is the co-founder of WOAMTEC’s Courage to Dream Foundation, an organization that came to life because of the lyrics to one of her songs. The CTD Foundation is a group of women who are committed to offering hope through practical opportunities, and a chance for young women to get their feet under them as they build their lives on “The Rock”.
This former Miss University of Florida and graduate of UF is a nine-time marathon finisher as well as a first time author. Karyn’s book, The Takeaway co-authored with her dad released in 2009 and has taken the country by storm. She has been featured on The 700 Club, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America Radio, The Daily Buzz, TBN, Confident Women Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping and ESPN Radio. Karyn’s writing has also been featured in multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Karyn currently makes her home in Nashville and is married to award winning songwriter Brian White, best known for penning 13 #1 gospel songs, as well as the multi-week #1 country hit “Watching You”, recorded by Rodney Atkins.