William McDowell

William McDowell William McDowell

William David McDowell (born August 31, 1976) is an American gospel musician. He started his music career, in 2009, with the release of, As We Worship, by Entertainment One Music. This album would chart on three Billboard charts Gospel Albums, Independent Albums and Heatseekers Albums. His second album, Arise, was released in 2011 with Entertainment One. The album charted three Billboard charts again, this time The Billboard 200, Gospel Albums and Independent Albums. His third album, Withholding Nothing, was released in 2013, with Entertainment One. This album would chart on three charts The Billboard 200, Gospel Albums, and Independent Albums. He was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album, for his third album.

Early life

McDowell was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 31, 1976, as William David McDowell. His father is Lewis and mother Pauline (née, Leggette), who were both born in North Carolina.

 

Music career

His music career got started in 2009, with the release of As We Worship on February 3, 2009 by Entertainment One Music.[5] This album would be his Billboard breakthrough release because it charted on the Gospel Albums at No. 3, on the Independent Albums at No. 21, and on the Heatseekers Albums at No. 32.[6] William Ruhlmann rated the album three stars on behalf of AllMusic,[5] while Cross Rhythms' Doug Hollad rated it a perfect ten.[7] The second album, Arise, was released on November 8, 2011 by Entertainment One.[8] It would chart on The Billboard 200 at No. 61, on the Gospel Albums at No. 1, and on the Independent Albums at No. 13.[6] Steve Leggett from AllMusic rated the album three and a half stars.[8] His third album, Withholding Nothing, was released on November 5, 2013 by Entertainment One.[9] This would chart on The Billboard 200 at No. 28, on the Gospel Albums at No. 1, and on the Independent Albums at No. 4.[6] Steve Leggett at AllMusic rated the album three stars,[9] while New Release Tuesday's Dwayne Lacy rated the album four out of five stars.[10] The album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. He is nominated at the 30th Stellar Awards, for the Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and his album, Withholding Nothing, is nominated for the Traditional CD of the Year.

 

Personal life

McDowell moved to Orlando, Florida in his twenties to attend Full Sail University, where he got his degree in Entertainment Business.[3] He was mentored by Ron Kenoly, when he was his Music Director.[3] After college, his mentorship continued under the tutelage of Sam Hinn, while he was in the capacity of Worship Pastor at The Gathering Place Church.[3] In May of 2010, McDowell married LaTae McDowell, and together they reside outside of Orlando, Florida, with their children.

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