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Paul Williams

Songwriter, Actor, Author / President & Chairman – ASCAP
“Evergreen,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection"

Songwriter, Actor – “Evergreen,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection
Author - Gratitude and Trust: Recovery is Not Just For Addicts
President & Chairman of the Board – ASCAP

Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today. A lyricist and composer who has won an Oscar Award, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and earned induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, his songs, from “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “You and Me Against the World” to “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Let Me Be the One” and “The Rainbow Connection,” have touched millions of people for generations. As President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), he is also a leading spokesman for music creators in the digital age. Williams’ standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah McLachlan, Jason Mraz, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, Willie Nelson, REM, Anne Murray, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, The Dixie Chicks, Gonzo and Kermit The Frog. Although Williams is widely known as an actor in dozens of films and on television, it is his musical legacy that continues to inspire. “The Rainbow Connection,” from the children’s classic The Muppet Movie (which earned Williams his second Grammy), is one of two of Williams’ songs that grace the American Film Institute’s List of Top Movie Songs of All Time; the second, “Evergreen,” is from the award winning Barbra Streisand/ Kris Kristofferson remake of A Star Is Born, and for which Williams won a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Additional song scores include the cult favoritesPhantom of the Paradise and Ishtar, as well as The Muppet Christmas CarolBugsy Malone, and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, the latter of which has now been adapted for the stage. His recent work has remained wonderfully diverse, from creating the story and writing the songs for Disney’s Emmy-nominated A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa and penning the music and lyrics for Garry Marshall’s theatrical sensation Happy Days, to writing with the Scissor Sisters. His career, life, work in recovery have been chronicled in the acclaimed documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive, released in 2012. Williams’ song, “Still Alive,” written as the title track, was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award. In 2014, Williams earned an Album of the Year Grammy for co-writing two songs which he also performs, "Touch" and "Beyond," with Daft Punk on their critically-acclaimed album Random Access Memories. Since being elected ASCAP President and Chairman in 2009, Williams has been a tireless advocate for defending copyright both at home and on the world stage. He has frequently lead delegations of some of today’s leading songwriters and composers to Washington, DC to visit with policymakers, discuss music creator rights and perform at the U.S. Library of Congress. He is a much sought-after speaker at conferences around the world for his charisma, vision, knowledge of the issues and strong communication skills, as well as his gift for fostering common ground among diverse constituencies. As such, he is called upon often to testify before the U.S. Congress on vital Intellectual Property matters. Williams was also elected President of The ASCAP Foundation in 2009. He helps lead the public charity’s work in supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs, including songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, community outreach and humanitarian programs for songwriters, composers and lyricists. In addition to his Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe wins, he has been honored with six Oscar, seven Grammy, six Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations. Williams’ other awards and honors include a People’s Choice Award in 1977, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001, a National Music Publishers President’s Award in 2004 and the 2012 Auteur Award presented by the International Press Academy.  Williams is currently working with Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro and Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla on a stage musical adaptation of del Toro’s acclaimed fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth. His first book, Gratitude and Trust: Recovery is Not Just For Addicts, co-written with Tracey Jackson, was released in September by Penguin/Blue Rider Press.