PWP Talks Purpose with Gospel Music Industry Exec Tracy Williamson
Often times in the entertainment industry the public is only able to see the artist, the music and the image that is before them never truly realizing how much hard work or how many dedicated team members are behind them helping them to be the fabulous entertainer that sashays across award show stages or delivers heartfelt performances.
Tracy Williamson is a hard working career woman that knows more than a little about what goes behind the production of Gospel artists. Over the years she has worn several hats in the industry from Marketing, A&R and Label Director of Tyscot Records, songwriter, producer and has even launched her own Gospel marketing agency, Tre7 Inc which currently represents artists such as Brian Reeves & Heart After God, Tyscot Records, The Chicago Mass Choir and Kevon Carter just to name a few. As a songwriter and producer she has worked with artists such as Shirley Murdock, The Rance Allen Group, DeAndre Patterson, Bishop Leonard and the list goes on.
Over the last year I was blessed enough to work with Tracy on several projects and I can truly say I am happy that God allowed us to cross paths. Tracy took time out of her super hectic schedule to chat with us about some of the projects that she is currently working on as well as God-ordained purpose and what it means to her.
Define Tracy Williamson and who she is.
Good Question! Tracy Williamson is a passionate and faith-driven woman who follows God and is lead by his instructions.
It has been said that you know that your purpose is to help others see their destiny in God. How and when was this revealed to you?
Well, I guess I can say this was revealed to me when I was about 12 or 13 years old. Not necessarily saying back then I knew I would help people to see their destiny in God but I would definitely say that I possessed the gift of bringing the best out of people at an early age. For example when I was younger I started a production company and wanted to produce music. I noticed that through that I was able to help people to be better. I was good at helping them to achieve and go forth in who they are called to be.
What is your personal definition of purpose?
Well I believe the word purpose means where you are supposed to be in life and how you use the gifts that you have throughout your journey.
What advice can you offer those who have yet to discover their purpose?
The advice that I would give is to really think about the things you like to do on a daily basis, think about the things that you talk about the most when you have conversations with your friends and your family members, or just general conversations, things that seem to come up all the time, when you’re sitting by yourself what is it that you think about? There are simple steps and I think it’s pretty simple I don’t think that it is a huge way of finding out what your purpose is. The first thing I would say to do is to seek God and ask him to show you but in that process think about the things that you talk about because the way that he will show you is through your conversation and he’ll show you different things that you do consistently. Sometimes we kind of overlook those things because we feel like our purpose has to be some really big grand thing. So think about the things that you do consistently, think about the things that you are passionate about.
You’re a woman that wear many hats. Can you explain the current projects and endeavors that you are working on?
Well, I have quite a few things going on in three different areas. One being music. I have worked in the music industry for over 12 years as a music industry executive. The second thing is that I work with youth and the third thing is ministry. Now with the music industry I currently work for different clients in Gopsel music under my company Tre7, which I started about 4 or 5 years ago. Well, let me back track. In 2000 I started out working with Tyscot Records doing marketing and A&R and also Label Director for Tyscot. Now, Tyscot is currently one of my clients along with Habbakuk Music, Chicago Mass Choir, Brian Reeves and Heart After God, Kevon Carter. Basically I do marketing, A&R, artist development and really serving different artists in the Gospel music industry so that takes up a lot of my time. I also have a youth program called Imagine Youth Programs that I started in 2008 and it’s a mentoring program and we have different programs such as theater where the children put on plays and musicals. Some of the plays have actually been featured on MTV and featured on Associated Press. Lastly, two or three times a month I do a video blog on Youtube with a worship ministry I have called Private Appointment with God where I just encourage people to walk into their destiny through the Word of God and the things that God has to say to us and about our lives.
What inspired the Imagine Youth Program?
Well, years ago it was told to me that I had a gift for talking to children and I believe it came from different people watching how the youth responded to me. They were drawn to me in different ways, you know the encouragement that I would give them. It was something that I kind of ran from but at some point I just realized that was one of my assignments in life. It really came down to me accepting the call to help the youth through mentoring and encouraging them to as well walk into their destiny. At Imagine Youth we say that if you can imagine it then it is possible. So it really came from me watching the different interactions that I’ve had with the youth and stepping out, putting those gifts to use as far as helping youth in the community.
What’s in the future for Tracy Williamson?
I will continue my work with Tre7, I will continue working in the music industry with different clients and also I want to progress with the ministry side as far as getting the Word out to people as far as what God is saying about stepping out into their destiny and walking in their calling and really hearing God and knowing that it is Him. So just keeping up with Tre7, Imagine Youth Programs. I do want to launch an Imagine Youth Location in Chicago, which is wear I’m from. Right now the program is set up in Indianapolis, Indiana as well as Ohio in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. I want to keep the same things going with the current companies that I have and just expanding from where I currently am with everything.
So for anyone that is interested in keeping up with Tre7 or Imagine Youth or anything else that you may be doing how can they find you?
Well, they can e-mail me at Tre7Inc@yahoo.com. I can be found on Twitter @tracywilliamson and Facebook at Facebook.com/tracywilliamson7 and they can also subscribe to my Youtube channel (Tracy Williamson)