Robert Steven Williams
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Robert Steven Williams


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"A hit..."

I've always thought "Will You Come out Tonight was a hit, this version is great. Nice to hear Penny and Sloan with you too. - Steve Gillette

"Look Who's Back"

Hey, for those who remember Bob Williams, the one-time VP of marketing at HMV, I just received a pretty interesting album from him. It seems Williams left the business world to pursue his muse as a singer/songwriter. He has just released an album, "I am not my Job... - Billboard

"I Am Not My Job"

Robert Steven Williams is an American author come singer/songwriter who makes music that resides in the same laid back territory as Jack Johnson or Ben Harper. With album I AM NOT MY JOB, Williams delves into a relaxed acoustic blues groove, delivering songs that frequently fall on just the ride side of pleasantly surprising.
UK Music Review
- UK Music Review

"A novel..."

I Am Not My Job” is almost a novel in of itself. Commanding narratives are matched with equal musicianship. The music is rooted in folk rock and ambitious pop landing nicely with smile worthy hooks.
-- Smother Magazine

- Smother Magazine


Released the CD I Am Not My Job
Signed four songs to the music publisher 615 Music in Nashville
Featured artist on BenTMusic, Canada's leading indie website
Track of the Week for two different songs on
Studied with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Rosanne Cash
Town Crier Open Mic Finalist 2006
Teach at SummerSongs in the Catskills
The Jersey Cowboy song was featured on NPR's nationally syndicated show Car Talk

I have posted an essay every week on my website since June, 2003. Thousands visit every month. I've also generated an international audience on myspace.


“The Chaperone”, Orange Coast Review (2006)
“The Jersey Cowboy”, Raymond Carver Short Story Competition Top 10 (2005)
(“Inheritance” and “A Winter’s Day” were also finalists)
“Coming Home”, Emerging Writer Talent Contest, Honorable Mention (2004)
Squaw Valley Writers Community, Thayer Scholarship Recipient (2004)
“Sound of Money,” New Century Writer quarter-finalist
Attended Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Squaw Valley


Articles in such publications as Poets & Writers and Billboard
Teaching Peace Through Soccer, a story about kids in Somalia for the Irish NGO Concern
Multiple “How to” articles published in Letter Press (web-based writer’s newsletter)
Authored numerous Harvard Business School case studies.
Best-selling business book: World’s Largest Market, AMA (1992) – Co-Author



Robert has shared the stage with such established acts as Sloan Wainwright, Severin Browne, and Kate Campbell. He is on the board of advisors of SummerSongs, a songwriter’s annual retreat in the Catskills.

His company Against the Grain has recently established a joint venture with 615 Music in Nashville to create a song library targeted at the film and tv industry. Robert also teaches a workshop on how to place songs in indie film and TV.

Robert Steven Williams is a former music-biz executive. His most recent position was Vice President of Business Development at HMV Records, a division of EMI Music Group. Robert is co-author of the best-selling business book, The World’s Largest Market.

Since leaving HMV, he has studied songwriting with Rosanne Cash, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and several top Nashville writers. He has also attended Bread Loaf, Sewanee and the Squaw Valley Writers' Conferences.