Zach Williams: Chain Breaker, Hitmaker, and Newly-Minted Grammy® Winner

Ex-mainstream rocker Zach Williams knows that Jesus is the real chain breaker, but Zach himself has burst onto the airwaves as a bonafide hitmaker with over 17m Youtube views of his debut single Chain Breaker and over 11m views of the totally singable follow-up Old Church Choir and the tally for each is growing by the minute.

Williams knows the power of Christ. His own chains of addiction were broken as he surrendered to the love of Jesus. Now he has taken the passion he once had for pleasing crowds to pleasing Jesus as a devoted husband, father, worship leader, songwriter and artist. In Zach’s words, “I did the whole rock star thing for so long and I felt like I was always faking it, and now I really just want to be real with people. Please don’t wait another minute, make the decision today to follow Christ.”

Zach’s straightforward and gutsy music has already garnered him two Grammy® nominations and one win, a Billboard Music Award nomination, two Dove Awards for New Artist of the Year (2017), Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, and the K-LOVE Fan Award “Breakout Single of the Year” for Chain Breaker.

In this episode, John Chisum catches up with Zach to chat about his music and the motivations behind it. Confirming the authenticity of the man making the hits, Zach shared freely of the struggles and the victories of his life and ministry, proving that he’s got a healthy perspective on the fleeting value of music business success versus the applause of man.

Zach Williams knows what he’s about and he’s unafraid to challenge anyone to surrender to Jesus in order to find the truest riches in life. While the accolades and awards accrue, Williams’ heart-leveled lyrics and infectious melodies continue to hit home with millions of listeners worldwide and we’re already anticipating what’s next for someone breaking chains and making waves with hit after hit.

Be sure to check out all the great resources and services we offer at

John Chisum

John Chisum is a pioneer in the Christian music business, serving alongside people such as Bill & Gloria Gaither, Twila Paris, Paul Baloche, Don Moen, and many more. As President of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John seeks to empower Christian songwriters worldwide to discover and fulfill their call to write.

Leave a Reply