Meet Reagan Richards and Gordon Brown, better known as Williams Honor.
Williams Honor hails from Asbury Park, where many of Rock Music’s legends started out.
The two met at a Restore The Shore Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy.
“We realized we had a lot of things in common. It was very organic. We started to write, listen to music. Slow process but a good one.” – Reagan
“Reagan’s one of the great New Traditionalists. This girl knows it inside and out. All of the classic female’s, she emulates.” Gordan enthuses.
Reagan’s day job is singing backup for classic country writers like David Grey, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett. She also recently starred in Patsy Cline’s “Always” for a ten night run in the theater. Gordon’s last band “Highway 9” was signed to RCA and saw moderate success.
The duo describes their music as Country By The Beach. In other words country with Jersey roots. “I like to think of us as one of the few that have been waving the flag in Jersey for some time.” says Gordon. Rock Icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Monster Magnet hail from their old neighborhood. The two members have all those roots, which they wear proudly on their sleeves.
“If you listen to our record you’ll hear old sounds reminiscent of Dolly Parton, but you’ll also hear as it evolves Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Faith Hill. There really is a marriage of the two sounds.” exclaims Reagan.
“That’s what Williams Honor is all about, bridging the gap between what’s traditional and evolving to what’s on the radio.” chimes in Gordon
When asked what sets them apart Gordon immediately enthuses that it’s Reagan’s voice, while Reagan modestly shrugs off the compliment and says it’s their Jersey roots.
Both Gordon and Reagan have learned from some of the greats. You’re influenced heavily by them, and by the same token you’re pinching yourself because your on the same stage working with them. ” Reagan confides, adding that you take away things from these artists, while remaining true to yourself.
Just the other day Williams Honor got to do something they have always dreamed of, perform on WSM Radio.
Growing up being such a big fan of people like Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell the two have visited the Opry many a time. both separately and together.
“We’d pass WSM and we’d always look through the glass and say to ourselves someday we want to be on that. Yesterday it happened. It was quite the moment.” Reagan
Another career highlight was going to the CMA’s last year.
“Being a new band and being able to stand next to your heroes. Saying hi to Garth Brooks and he’s like “Tell me about Asbury Park”. And he’s actually asking questions about what you do and where you come from. exclaims Gordon.
“It was one of those nights you’ll never forget.” adds Reagan.
The duo is definitely country at heart. “That’s one of the great things we love most about country music and why we felt closer to it than anything. It truly is a special and giving thing. It continues to give to its audience. We love being part of that.” enthuses Gordon
Recently they released a parody of Kelsea Ballerini’s Peter Pan entitled “Muddy Pants” and it’s taking off. Ballerini even tweeted it out, saying she loves it.
Last week William’s Honors new single “No Umbrella” came out, and the band feels it’s something extra special. The song was written with Cyndi Thomson and is slated to hit radio this month. Following that I am told they will be going on the journey of the single. The duo will be back in Nashville for CMA Fest in June. In July the band has their first big headlining show on the beach in Jersey “Seaside”, that they are really looking forward to.
And after? You never know where the road will take these two, but we’re sure it will be full of new and exciting adventures.