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Previously a singer-songwriter playing classical guitar under his nickname Reggie WilliamsWilliams has since relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he now resides. R is most well known for his viral single, "Frustrated" which has garnered over 50 million plays on Spotify alone as Close Enough - R.LUM.R - Afterimage December 6, On August 2,R.
According to Williams, much of his upbringing was characterized by difficult relationships with both his family and peers. At the age of 5, William's parents got a divorce leading Close Enough - R.LUM.R - Afterimage relationships with his mother, father, and sisters he describes as "tenuous.
William recalls struggling to fit in with other black youth telling Rolling Stone"I was fat and couldn't play basketball, and I wanted to listen to Linkin Park, and only the white kids at my school wanted to do that stuff, and it's kind of like that Earl Sweatshirt line: 'Too white for the black kids, too black for the whites.
So for a long time I just pretended to be into all the shit they were into. Reggie first began playing music by learning to play classical guitar while attending the Manatee School for the Arts. At the time, Williams didn't have much of a social life, so he spent most of his time playing guitar. He says the first songs he wrote were about girls who didn't like him. While in high school, a friend persuaded Williams to perform an original song during a talent show. An introvert, Williams was reluctant but eventually relented, performing a ballad written for a close friend he had seen deal with substance abuse.
Place is silent, and then they just like clapped for a long time. I got up, just so nerdy and weird and shit, and left. Kaiser, a music teacher he cites as an important mentor, persuaded him to return to the stage. After high school, Williams attended the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota  before being granted a scholarship to go to Florida State University for music studies. He states his original aspirations were to become, the next Julian Bream or John Williams.
He cites his biggest influence at the time as John Mayer. He recalls, "People like [John Mayer] were just gifted with this thing, born above the rest of us commoners, and we are just here to receive their gift…" It was during his final year of college that Williams began to contemplate his musical identity as a classical guitar player.
Williams realized that it would be more beneficial to his career as a musician to go out and make commercial music rather than spend as much time studying it. He eventually dropped out of college and relocated to Orlando, FL where his manager Chris Martignago was living at the time.
Both felt that Williams could experience greater success in a bigger city with a larger music scene. Although, continuing to write and perform his acoustic folk songs, Williams created R. R while in Orlando as a side project as way to expand his creative output to multiple genres. Through online tutorials, he began to learn the basics of electronic music production.
Williams began writing songs for the purpose of sending them along to established stars to perform. Williams began working with Central Florida producer J. Cruz of Ethnikids. Cruz suggested that him and Williams get into the studio by themselves as opposed to the common industry practice of renting a studio for a week and having multiple writers write multiple songs and start from scratch. These sessions were where R. Atlantic Records was receptive and persuaded Williams to adopt the project full-time.
Suddenly, Williams had a producer that he was working with, a manager on board, and industry professionals that were interested in his new project. Due to the success of his first single, Williams decided to continue with R. With his decision Close Enough - R.LUM.R - Afterimage be R.
R full-time, Williams was living in Orlando and facing the upcoming ending of his lease. William's noticed that many of his professional and creative collaborators were moving to Nashville, TN and began to contemplate a relocation. In DecemberWilliams moved to Nashville permanently.
New Close Enough - R.LUM.R - Afterimage City there are the boom-bap rappers. People, you know, who have a history in those places. But that is an advantage. The uncertainty Williams felt during his relocation to Nashville became the inspiration for his next single, "Frustrated. Frustrated quickly became a hit garnering nearly 20 million streams on Spotify alone since first released in late In early Frustrated Hit No.
In JulyR. R Close Enough - R.LUM.R - Afterimage his follow-up single "Close Enough" and accompanying lyric video as a Billboard exclusive. R is a combination of his first and middle name. Growing up, I was always made to be ashamed of myself about being who I wanted to be and liking what I liked, so I hid it all.
It was for Close Enough - R.LUM.R - Afterimage multitude of reasons, and for the sake of brevity Abercrombie Had A Zombie - Fats Waller - 1940-1941 won't get specific, but it can mostly be boiled down to pressure to be 'blacker' and the insidious effects that has on one's psyche, but I did what I was told, and whatever I The Darkness Of My Heart - Timothy Brindle - The Restoration a person like me was supposed to do.
My middle name, Lamar, was just one I never really felt attached to. So I hid that. So in the process of evolving into this music, I wanted to do something that pulled from my past and exposed all those things, but created a clear focus on the future.
Reggie, my first name, is in the first R, and with it being at the beginning of R. R, it's the past, and the music I created that got me here. It means to me that I can take that stuff from back then and wear it proudly, turning it into positives.
It's also the center of the idea right now, so it's fitting for it to be sitting where it is visually. Lamar ends with an "r", and Reggie starts with an "r", so it's like bringing the ideas of the past and the present together, but in the future. William's musical influences are eclectic. You like Elliott Smith?
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