Grammy-winning recording artist Zach Williams has postponed all “Rescue Tour” dates for the rest of March in wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Williams, along with “We The Kingdom” and “Cain,” were originally slated to perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at the First Baptist Church, 11905 Highway 92, in Woodstock. This performance, as well as the rest of his March tour dates, will now be postponed until later this year, Williams said.
“I just found out this morning that we would need to postpone all dates scheduled for the rest of March and re-schedule them for the fall,” Williams said. “We’re going to package the same tour and take it back out in the fall to replay the missed dates from March. Right now we are working on how to reach out to ticket holders and looking to see if tickets that were already bought for the March shows will be valid for the same shows in the fall.”
His now postponed visit to Woodstock will give concertgoers a personal ride through Williams life and what it has taken to get to where he is today. His latest album, “Rescue Story”, was released on Oct. 4, 2019, and much like his first solo album, “Chain Breaker,” details his personal life.
“Anytime I sit down to write a song I’m digging up experiences that I have had throughout my life as inspiration,” Williams said. “I am fortunate enough to be able to go out and tour around the world. I get to listen to stories from various people and I find that we have a lot things in common. People have similar struggles and I am fortunate to be able to have a platform that lets me talk, write and sing about these problems. I want to bring people hope.”
The struggles that Williams mentions go back to his years before he found God and began writing music as a solo star. The basis for his album, “Chain Breaker”, was heavily based on his personal experiences, Williams said.
“With “Chain Breaker,” I wrote about my new found freedom and my chains being broken so to speak,” Williams said. “I didn’t truly understand what it meant to be a Christian growing up as a kid until I got to the age of 33 when I truly experienced that freedom in Christ.”
“Chain breaker” ended up being a huge success for Williams, giving him his first Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Album” in 2018 and opening the gate to allow Williams to perform at the Country Music Awards Show last November with Dolly Parton.
His latest album, “Rescue Story,” came out almost three years after “Chain Breaker,” giving Williams time to reflect over the last couple of years and the amount of success that he has seen, Williams said.
“When I started working on this record, I sat down and reflected on my journey and how far God has taken me,” Williams said. “When I really started to look back, I realized that God has brought me a long way and that’s what I wanted to write about for this album.”
The success that Williams has seen over the last several years has come as a shock to him, considering how his music career and life were going until only recently.
“I quit the band that I had been playing in for seven years in 2012,” Williams said. “We played all over the world and I just remember that when I quit that band and started going to church again and started getting my life in order, I really had given up on the music life. I found my relationship with God and I started doing unbelievable things in my life, which I never would’ve thought possible.”
Everything that Williams has gone through in his life has led to the “Rescue Tour,” which is what makes it special, Williams said.
“That’s really what I want to do with this tour,” Williams said. “When we show up and play I want to express to the audience members that we all have a rescue story. This tour is about sharing what God has done in our lives.”
UPDATE: Williams has announced that he will be coming to Woodstock on Oct. 23. Further details to come.