[8] He provided backing vocals on Peter Cetera's album World Falling Down and co-wrote the song "Man in Me", lead vocals for three tracks – "Walk The Wire", "History" and "When You Look in My Eyes" – to Jay Graydon's Airplay for the Planet album, subsequently touring with the band and backing vocals on Jon Anderson's In the City of Angels in 1988, most prominently on the song "Top of the World (The Glass Bead Game)". He asked to be called Jay on joining the Bulls, to avoid confusion with two other players in the NBA at the time. Two years later, he was accused of firing a semiautomatic weapon into the parking lot at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Williams grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, graduating in 1999.

[10], On April 21, 2006, a Hunterdon County appeals court ruled that Williams could be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge stemming from the shooting death of Christofi. In 1996, Williams proposed during halftime of a nationally televised basketball game to model Cynthia Bailey.

Joseph Williams has also been busy as a composer of film and drama scores, most notably for episodes of the science fiction series Roswell, and The Lyon's Den starring Rob Lowe. Williams is widely known for being the Spokesperson of Visions Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Endwell, New York. In 1985 he sang the vocals for the theme song of the animated TV series Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears. In 2010, Williams pleaded guilty to assault in the accidental shooting death of a limousine driver.

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The song "What You're Missing" from the Chicago album Chicago 16 was co-written by him. After two seasons as a bench player with the 76ers, Williams was traded to the New Jersey Nets for conditional draft choices on October 8, 1992. His draft rights were thereafter traded by the Suns to the Philadelphia 76ers for a 1993 first-round draft choice on October 28, 1990. He had 36 double-figure scoring games in a single season (tied for 5th-most in Duke history as of March 28, 2010, with Jon Scheyer, Shane Battier, and J.J. [16], For other people named Jason Williams, see, Life is not an Accident, William Jay, p. 258-9. In 2010, Williams pleaded guilty to assault in the accidental shooting death of a limousine driver. Williams was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, after Yao Ming was selected by the Houston Rockets. In 2001, Williams authored a book about basketball entitled Loose Balls. According to a May 2020 article on BlackEnterprise.com, Williams co-founded a management consulting company named Simatree, serves as a partial owner of The CabinNYC restaurant, works as an advisor to a digital marketing agency, and partners with EPIC Insurance to provide financial guidance to athletes and celebrities.

He is married to Nikki Bonacorsi and is the father of one daughter, Amelia. Williams was born in Ritter, South Carolina, to Elijah Joshua Williams and Barbara Williams.

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[4] Williams attended Christ The King Regional High School and St. John's University, both in New York City, and played on the basketball team in both. [24], A third book, Crashing: A Memoir, is due to be published in December 2019. Many of Toto's members have contributed to his solo work over the years. Although his performance was inconsistent and he competed for playing time with Jamal Crawford, he showed signs of promise including posting a triple-double in a win over his home state team, the New Jersey Nets. [citation needed] He was also an announcer in NBA Live 19. [book 2] The book includes revelations about being abused as a child.

He played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team and professionally for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. He can also be heard on the album Toto XX (1998), a compilation of rare and unreleased tracks. Legally, the Bulls did not have to pay him any salary, because his injuries occurred while he was violating his contract by riding a motorcycle. He reprised this singing role in the direct-to-video animated film Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse. Joseph Stanley Williams (born September 1, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter and film score composer, best known for his work in the rock band Toto, which he fronted as lead vocalist from 1986 to 1988, 2010 to 2019 and again from 2020 onwards. Williams was a starter in the Bulls' line-up for most of the 2002–03 NBA season.

[4] The music to the CBS miniseries Category 7: The End of the World[5] and the TV film Momentum[6] were composed by him. He is married to Nikki Bonacorsi and is the father of one daughter, Amelia. [20], On January 5, 2010, Williams was charged with driving while intoxicated after an early morning accident in lower Manhattan, in which he crashed his Mercedes into a tree. He was never criminally charged in either case.

He played for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association.

Jayson Williams (born February 22, 1968) is an American former professional basketball player. His latest solo album containing original songs, This Fall, was released in November 2008. He is featured on Toto's 2006 album, Falling in Between, sharing lead vocals with Steve Lukather on "Bottom of Your Soul". [1], Then known as Jason Williams, he won the 2001 NCAA Championship with Duke, and was named NABC Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. [14] In 2016, Williams released his autobiography, Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention.

In 2012, Williams published a second book, an autobiography entitled Humbled ~ Letters From Prison.

In 2000, he married Tanya Young; and divorced in 2011.

[22] Williams was released from prison in April 2012.[23]. In basketball that year, Williams was named a First Team All-State Player in New Jersey, the New Jersey Player of the Year, a Parade All-American, a USA Today first team All-American, and a McDonald's All-American, where he competed in the Slam Dunk Contest and the McDonald's All-American Game, scoring 20 points in the contest.

[9] Christofi had been hired to drive Williams's NBA charity team from a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania event to his mansion, about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Trenton, New Jersey.

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