Forrest Williams

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When Forrest Williams moved to Florida after spending most of his life in Arkansas, he knew things would change. Journeying from the Natural State to the Gulf Coast inspired both changes in his life, as well as his musical ambitions. “We’ve been really motivated by the people down here and the beauty of this place. I had never really written any reggae or any beach type music until I got down here,” Williams states. A laid back atmosphere generated from the beach going crowd of all ages that make up Williams’ fan base has helped shape this style, which is on full display with his latest record, Gonna Take Love, released October 13 and recorded right here in Santa Rosa Beach. The record features 10 songs and includes two of his older fan-favorites, “Goodtime Sunshine” and “Funky Groove”.

Forrest Williams Halloween Night

Halloween Night at Pandora’s

Fans of Williams shouldn’t have to wait long to hear more new tunes from him, as he is already planning the follow up to Gonna Take Love. The self-taught musician proclaims his upcoming record will be more of a country style effort going back to his Arkansas roots. “As far as good, heartfelt music, I’ve got a good message in it and I’m excited to go in and do this album,” says Williams. The record, which is already written, should be out around next Spring.

Those wanting to see Forrest Williams Band preform live can go to Pandora’s in Grayton Beach on Wednesday nights or check his Facebook page for upcoming shows. His latest CD is available at his live gigs and at Central Square Records in Seaside.

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