Sterling Williams began his singing career in a small upscale church in Bryan Texas in the College Station Texas A&M area. He sang in the choir as first tenor at E. A. Kemp High School. After High school Sterling relocated to Los Angeles, CA. sang for the first time on stage at the Redd Foxx Club. He traveled from Los Angeles to Memphis Tennessee; there he met Paul Richmond and Gene Miller known as “Bowleg”. From there he was introduced to John Richburg. Paul Richmond engineered three songs for Sterling, which was his first recordings “Believe in Me”, Look What Love Can Do” and “You’re Too Busy Talking”. Sterling moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he sang at the Feltz Lounge opening for the late great Joe Tex. He left Detroit, went to Chicago, Illinois and landed a lead position with the Hebrew spiritual singers. This lasted for more than two years. He was a successful spiritual singer, but Sterling’s mind was focused elsewhere.
In Chicago, Sterling sang in clubs, such as Teresa Lounge, Peppers Blues in the Loop, Queen Bee’s Lounge, and the Ghetto Club. He performed with artist such as the late King Earnest, Junior Wells, Lefty Diz and the late Luther Allison. While performing in Chicago, Sterling also shared his singing career with John Edwards of the Spinners. Although, Sterling was performing in the Chitlin Circuit around Chicago, he was never really satisfied. Sterling migrated back to Los Angeles in 1980 to resume his career. He performed with Lorenzo Holden and the Brothers Four Band, and with the dynamic artist, Mary Love among other local artist. Sterling sang around in the Chitlin Circuit, but never got the recognition, until he wrote and recorded his first album “One Day At A Time”. The album was an independent effort and was placed on small radio stations throughout the south.
Several trade magazines have given Sterling excellent reviews on the CD “One Day At A Time”. Sterling was featured in the Living Blues, UK/Vibe, Soul Express, Voices from the Shadows, Blues and Rhythm, The Gospel Truth and articles in Jack The Rapper. Sterling toured the south, promoting his CD. Had several radio interviews with DJ’s such as Wild Bill/San Antonio, Texas, A. J. Whiteside/Bryan, Texas, E. Rodney Jones/Baton Rouge, La., Herman Anderson, Doc Murphy, Al Martin all in the Delta area, Arkansas Red/Chicago, Illinois and Elliott Norman/Columbus, Ohio. Sterling writes all of his material. His CD on Everready Records label ranges from straight blues (“Giving Me The Blues”, “One Day At A Time”, “Testify”), swaying R&B mid bouncers or easy dancers (“Grade A Quality”, “I’ll Do Right For Your Love”, “One On One”, “Something’s Happening’, “I Don’t Wanna Lose You”), to a pleading soulful ballad (“Learning To Live My Life Without You”), are examples of the versatility of his talent.
Since the release of his CD “One Day At A Time”, Sterling has performed in Memphis, Tn, at the Holiday Inn. Appeared at Laurel, Ms. Blues Festival, Phoenix, AZ, VFW Post, and in Los Angeles at the Mirage Night Club, and at the Palmdale Cultural Center benefiting a 5-year-old violent crime victim. Sterling performed in Tuscaloosa Alabama at the Mississippi Blues Festival and the Foster Farm Blues Festival. He also performed at the Tuscaloosa City Fest making headlines in the Tuscaloosa Daily News.
Since the release of his first independent album in 1995, he was inspired to do a second album, the album was released on BGR Records on May 4, 2003. The album is entitled “My Baby’s Love” and the single “My Secret Love” is making noise in the Southern Hemisphere.