James Kimo Williams was born in Amityville, New York. A grew up in a military family.
In May 1969, just before enlisting in the US Army he attended his first major music concert: Jimi Hendrix playing at the Waikiki Bowl. He was so inspired by this concert and the music of Jimi Hendrix, that he dedicated himself to music and playing guitar. After returning from Vietnam utilizing the GI Bill, Kimo earned a BA in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also holds a MA in Management and Human Relations from Webster University.
Kimo’s compositions have been performed by the symphonies of Detroit, Atlanta, Savannah, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Alabama and Dallas among many others.
Many of his compositions are inspired by his experience and interest in the military, including the award-winning “Symphony for the Sons of Nam.”
He has received numerous awards to include; the Lancaster Symphony’s 38th Recipient – “Composers Award for Contributions to American Music” among others. Kimo is a “Fulbright Specialist”
Kimo is an photographer and owns a gallery in Shepherdstown WV (KimoPics.com).
He is currently a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Organization) Advocacy member representing the State of West Virginia to the 116th US Congress.
Kimo and his artist, partner, and wife, Carol lives in Shepherdstown West Virginia.