Ordained Elder, Entrepreneur, Producer, Artist, Writer, Public Speaker, Musician, Composer, Teacher and a born Leader – these are but a few adjectives that describe the multi-faceted Oscar Williams Jr. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Oscar began his formal music training at the age of 8. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Piano. He later went on to obtain a Masters of Music degree in Music Composition from Southern Methodist University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Dallas Baptist University, maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
His professional career spans over 2 decades of touring, recording, writing, producing and performing both domestically and internationally. Oscar has served with the U.S. States department as a Music Ambassador in collaboration with programs such as Rhythm Road and American Music Abroad since 2010. These responsibilities require him to tour several times a year with the assistance of government contracts and the U.S. Embassy’s around the world promoting American music values and culture.
In 2014, Oscar started Speak Life, LLC – global music, leadership and production company that specializes in creating avenues of positive communication through music. The “Speak Life Tour” was created to influence the way people communicate around the world. Some countries to host the tour have been: Chile, Argentina, Haiti, Venezuela, Brazil, Prague, Italy, Germany, Switzerland. In 2016, Oscar established the Speak Life Academy of Arts and Music, INC., a 501 (c)(3) company formed to hold a charter for the future Speak Life Academy of Arts and Music Charter School in Dallas, TX.
Oscar’s recording career began in 2004 with his debut release, “Unstoppable”, on Aleho/Ryko/Warner label. This record produced chart-topping hits such as “Safety”, “You mean the world to me” and “You are the One”. Some other noted writing credits include: “Forever More” – Gospel Heritage; “All to Thee” – Tamela Mann; “You Rescued Me” – The Mississippi Mass Choir; “The Best is Yet to Come” – Karen Clark Sheard; “Your Latter” – Smokie Norful/Meaghan Williams; “I am Healed” – Bishop TD Jakes; “Heal our Land” – Joyous Celebration/Potters House Choir; Today, Oscar is heavily sought after as a worship leader, speaker, clinician, producer and writer.
He serves as the Executive Director of Arts and Music at the Potters House Church in Dallas, TX – T.D. Jakes Ministries. He is currently working on his first book entitled “10 Things Every Young Leader Should Know”