Music industry pros join forces for The Next Level Houston

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(Last Updated On: December 26, 2016)

Four nationally recognized heavy-hitters in the music industry, Tamar Davis, Chris “DJ Cruise Control” Williams, Pat Williams and Greta Williams  have joined forces to create a new live music experience for Houston called “The Next Level Houston.”

“The Next Level Houston” will make its star-studded debut on Jan. 8 at The Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer Road Houston, Texas 77056. The event will feature performances by national recording artists, Andrea Helms of BET’s Sunday Best and Tamar Davis, who also will host the event. The red carpet will begin at 8 p.m. and the show will kick off at 9 p.m., with a VIP reception immediately following the event. 

The music industry powerhouses bring a wealth of experience to their recent collaboration. GRAMMY®-nominated singer, songwriter and actress, Tamar Davis, best known for gaining notoriety singing and touring with Prince, also recently appeared on Season 10 of NBC’s The Voice. Chris Williams, former vice president of marketing and artist management at Music World Entertainment  founded his own independent label, the BPM Music Group, representing some of the hottest artists in the industry, including national gospel recording artist, Andrea Helms of BET’s Sunday Best. Pat Williams of the Pat Williams Group, is a legendary drummer, who has shared the stage with many musical stars and legends including, Joe Sample, Alex Bugnon, Regina Belle, Mike Phillips, Tony Terry, Frank McComb, Bobby Lyle, as well as numerous local cover bands. Greta Williams of Greta Williams Group is a Juilliard-trained vocalist who has taught at the The Boys Choir of Harlem, served as performance manager for the Pre-College Division at The Juilliard School and toured Europe and performed with many notable artists.

“We all got together and agreed that we wanted to rejuvenate the music scene in Houston by creating live musical entertainment options, where adults can get together, unwind and enjoy real music,” said Greta Williams. “Each month, we will bring in some of the hottest artists in music to perform at “The Next Level Houston” and provide a platform for up-and-coming performers to be seen by record labels, producers, composers, song writers and other professionals. We are excited because “The Next Level Houston” is a win for everyone in Houston; it will bring revenue to the city, attract celebrities from all over the world and shine a spotlight on the hidden musical talent in Houston.”

NAACP Image Award and Soul Train Music Award winner and R&B superstar, Leela James will be a special celebrity guest host for the event. There also will be performances by GRAMMY® award-winner, Ahrel Lumzy, Shonnie Murrell, Gene Moore, Shelia Moore-Piper and Christina Collins.

The monthly music experience will be hosted by Davis and will feature sounds from a variety of genres and offer a mix of live performances by professionally known artists as well as local artists looking to showcase their talent during the show’s open mic session.  The show will be reminiscent of some of the popular talent shows hosted in New York City that led to the discovery of some the best-known artists in the music industry, describes Greta Williams.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at for $35 General Admission/$50 VIP. Tickets also will be available at the door for $40.

Music industry pros join forces for The Next Level Houston