Sam Williams has signed a deal to release his debut album with Universal Music Group Nashville, according to a Tuesday story in Variety.
The 24-year-old Henry County High School graduate will release his debut album, “Glasshouse Children,” on the label sometime this summer. According to the magazine, he had initially intended to release his first full-length recording independently.
The announcement was made on Monday by UMG Nashville president Cindy Mabe.
“It’s been an amazing surprise,” she told the magazine. “I’m more excited about this kid than I have been in a really long time.”
Although he initially resisted it, Williams’ musical career has been growing since his graduation in 2015.
The son of Hank Jr. and Mary Jane Williams of Buchanan, and the grandson of the late Hank Williams, he majored in business at Belmont University for a time before he decided to take music more seriously.
Since then, he’s released a a few songs independently, and toured Europe with country star Cam, best known for her 2015 hit “Burning House.”
On Oct. 9, 2019, he stepped onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, wearing a custom jacket and his grandfather’s hat.
He released a music video for the song “Can’t Fool Your Own Blood” in February, and made his debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in April.