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Mark Towner. Williams (Lionel's Dad)

Mark T. Williams was born in Los Angeles in April 1958. He has been supporting as drummer on quite a many albums and live performances of well-known artists such as Don Henley, Cher, Air Supply, Eddie Money, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tina Tuner, Paul Rogers and others since he started his professional career when he was only fifteen. Mark called upon Joe Porcaro as principle drum instructor while also studying music theory and arranging. Mark also went on Berklee College of Music from 1976 to 1979. Meanwhile, you would like to note that he is the elder-brother of Joseph Williams (ex TOTO lead singer).

Mark T. Williams started to release his solo album as Lionel's Dad with his first solo album "Lionel's Dad", on which you can listen to Mark T. version of "Thousand Years" originally performed by TOTO, under his own small label named Andromeda in 1995. The initial copies of this CD were sold out very soon and the additional copies were distributed in response to the repeated request from many music lovers through many AOR/West Coast Music CD Specialized Internet-based retailers. Mark plays almost all of the instruments such as Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ and Keyboards as well as Drums/ Percussion on his solo albums. I believe that Mark T. Williams will keep on providing us with his good music. Please keep your eyes open for his music activity from now. Mark's music style including his voice is really similar as that of Joseph's. It means that very good AOR / Westcoast one. If you would like Toto albums featuring Joseph on the lead vocals and/or Joseph's solo albums, Mark T. Williams must become another one of your favorite artists.





    • Label: Andromeda Discs, USA (AND01)
    • Release: 1995
    • Producer: himself
    • Guest Musicians:
      • Guitar: Mike Reilly
      • B-3: Guy Allison

Mark T. Williams  / Lionel's Dad

  • Tracks
    1. All Used Up
    2. That Girls Heart
    3. I'll Run If I Have To
    4. Maybe You'd Care
    5. Firelight
    6. If I Seem To Wonder
    7. The Truth
    8. Still Alive
    9. A Thousand Years
    10. Obsession
    11. I've Waited For This Day
    12. Times Are Enough
    13. I'm coming Back For You





    • Label : Andromeda Discs, USA (AND 22)
    • Release Date: April, 1998
    • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
    • Guest Musicians:
      • Guitars: James Welch
      • Hammond Organ: Herman Beeftink
      • Backing Vocals: Diane Adams, Cliff Rehrig, Jeanette Clinger

Mark T. Williams

  • Tracks
    1. Looking For An Answer
    2. I'm Falling For You
    3. Let Me Be The One
    4. Can't Keep Up
    5. You Got What You Wanted
    6. It Was You
    7. Once You've Got The Fire
    8. Free Your Love
    9. I Can't Tell You Tonight
    10. I Could Read Your Mind
    11. R.T.H.D.
    12. Our Love's Too Strong
    13. She's Gone






    • Label : Andromeda Discs, USA (AND 033)
    • Release Date: September, 1999
    • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
    • Guest Musicians:
      • Hammond Organ: Mike Finnigan
      • Guitars: Michael Jones, James Welch
      • Pedal Steel: Robert Battaglia
      • Trombone: Barry Keys
      • Featured Vocals on Track #1: Michael Finnigan, Joseph Williams
      • Backing Vocals: Joseph Williams, Diane Adams, Barry Keys, Cliff Rehrig

Mark T. Williams / In A Dream

  • Tracks
    1. Scream
    2. In A Dream
    3. Rhythm Of Love
    4. Take Your Time
    5. Gave Away My Heart
    6. I Don't Want To Say Goodbye
    7. All That Heart
    8. I Desire You
    9. Don't Ask Me
    10. Forever (Left All You Love Behind)
    11. Get Away
    12. I Do This Every Night
    13. The Children Are Singing






    • Label : Andromeda Discs, USA (AND 044)
    • Release Date: March, 2002
    • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
    • Lionel's Dad = Mark T. Williams: Drums, Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Cornet/Trumpet, Charrango/Mandolin, Alto Recorder
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Bass: Larry Antonino
      • Backing Vocals: Lionel Williams, Jesse Compagna, Larry Antonino, Jed Moss, Rex Wheeler, Diane Adams, Clifford Rehrig





Mark T. Williams / One Mre Lifetime

  • Tracks
    1. Creepy Little Meeting
    2. So You Say
    3. One More Lifetime
    4. Hold On
    5. We Had It All
    6. Used Up All My Chances
    7. Three Days
    8. What's Left Of Me
    9. There's Somthing Abnout You
    10. Two Lonely Souls
    11. Stay The Same
    12. Sun It The Sky
    13. One Moment





I am very surprised that Mark covers ABBA. Yes, track 9 "SOS" is the hit song of ABBA. And Mark also covers his brother Joseph Williams' song "Man In Me" which was included on Joseph's 3rd solo album "3". First 3 songs are hard driving tunes. The atmosphere clearly changes pop one after track 4 "You Should Stay". "The End Of The Line" has very pop melodies, which sounds like Joseph's. The following "One Last Chance" is one of the best recent Westcoast / AOR tunes. "I'll Take A Little More" is earthy Midwest / southern rock tune. The laid-back baileys tune "She Don't Work" follows. As I already mentioned, Mark's cover version of "SOS" make you again in the pop mood. "Human" written by Shelly Peixen and Mark Mckentee is a killer pop song known by the Pretenders version for their 1999 album "Viva el Amor". Beautiful song called "Why Does She Cry" close this album splendidly. This must be Mark' best album.



    • Label: Andromeda Discs / Xenon USA (and 055)
    • Release Date: January 10, 2003
    • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
    • Mark Towner Williams: Drums, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Guitars, Trumpet/Cornet, Mandolin/Charrango, Alto Recorder, Percussion
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Bass: Gerald Johnson
      • Keyboards, Piano: Brian Hess
      • Hammond Organ: Michael Finnigan
      • Guitar: Michael Jones, Curtis Coleman, Coby Coonrandt
      • Featured Vocalist on "SOS": Shari Short, Coby Coonradt, Diane Adams, Tom Mcginnis, Jed Moss, Tyler Putnam
      • Featured Vocalist on "The Sky": Rex Wheeler
      • Background Vocals: Shari Short, Coby Coonrad

Lionel's Dad / Break The Normal


  • Tracks:
    1. Break The Normal
    2. Rain Pours
    3. It's You And I
    4. You Should Stay
    5. The End Of The Line
    6. One Last Chance
    7. I'll Take A Little More
    8. She Don't Work
    9. SOS
    10. Human
    11. The Letters Song
    12. We Can
    13. The Sky
    14. Man In Me
    15. Why Does She Cry






    • Label: Andromeda Discs (AND 066)
    • Release Date: July 2005
    • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
      Andromeda Discs / Xenon USA (and 055)
    • Release Date: January 10, 2003
    • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
    • Mark Towner Williams: Drums, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Guitars, Percussion
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Kryboards: Brian Hess
      • Guitars: Lionel Everett
      • Flute, Clarinet: John Flanders
      • Percussion: Ricardo Romero
      • Background Vocals: Jeantte Clinger

Lionel's Dad / Break The Normal

  • Tracks:
    1. Just One
    2. Dialing In The Dark
    3. Deep Into The Night
    4. The Power Over Me
    5. Year By Year
    6. L. Y. T. W.
    7. Loving You Has No End
    8. Touch The Sun
    9. Let Me Hide
    10. What We Could Never Do
    11. You Found A Way
    12. How To...
    13. Into You
    14. The Departure
    15. Solo Montage






    • Label : Andromefa Discs Productions LLC, USA (AND077)
    • Release Date: February 7, 2008
    • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
    • Mark Towner Williams (aka Lionel's Dad): Vocals, Drums , Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Cornet
    • Musicians:
      • Sax: John Flanders
      • Additional Vocals: Joseph Williams
      • Hand Claps: Lionel Williams
      • Piano: Mary Beth Maziarz

Lionel's Dad / 11:11

  • Tracks:
    1. Listen
    2. I Long For You
    3. On A Holiday
    4. I'm Here
    5. I Wish I Never Saw You
    6. Top Down Girl
    7. It's All The Same To Me
    8. I Waited
    9. The Sky
    10. When It Comes To You
    11. Why Now
    12. Mt. Segal
    13. 11:11


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