Paul Alexander Williams was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his first guitar from, community activist, Chester “Buddy” George and started teaching himself to play the instrument at the age of fifteen.
When he was nineteen Paul started working in bars and nightclubs, having received instruction and encouragement from local musicians. His early mentors were local guitarists Tom “TC” Brown and Jimmy McCann.
Four years later, he played guitar in the nine-piece show band “Pain & Pure Pleasure” and served an apprenticeship in “Brotherhood”, a jazz quartet featuring bandleader and organist Richard Lee, a mentor of guitarist, George Benson.
Later, Paul met bassist George “Coots” Thomas and joined the “Providence Spiritual Singers” gospel group. “Coots” introduced Paul to the renowned band leader Hal Crook leading to a brief period of guitar lessons with Frank Potenza.
In 1995, Paul formed The Sweet P Blues Band, based in Providence, RI, featuring Paul’s vocals and guitar work. The band has appeared at numerous venues throughout the Rhode Island and New England area.
Paul is guitarist for R&B dance band “Steppin Out featuring New Image”, the RPM Voices of RI and the Lois Vaughn Jazz Band. He is the Music Coordinator at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative and a Board member of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society.
Paul has performed with wedding bands and at recording studio sessions. He has acted in theatrical productions with the Langston Hughes Center for the Arts, at the Mixed Magic Theatre and at the Norwich, CT Center for the Arts.
A band leader and contractor, Paul offers options to meet all of your entertainment needs, ranging from solo performances to dance bands to freelance guitarist.
With a love, ear and a natural feel for many genres, Paul Alexander Williams is a versatile and dynamic performer who brings professionalism and experience to any playing situation.
1978 – Present