Tyler James Williams’ Reveals His Parents Once Sang Background For Patti LaBelle & Luther Vandross

There’s even an iconic photo of Vandross holding a “screaming” baby.

Tyler James Williams isn’t the only celebrity in his family. During a recent interview, the actor revealed that he comes from a singing family and that his parents sang background for several legendary artists, including the  Godmother of Soul, Pattie Labelle.

Ahead of the season two finale of ABC’s critically acclaimed Abbott Elementary, the Emmy Award-winning actor stopped by The Jennifer Hudson Show on Wednesday, April 19, where he and the EGOT-winning host, Jennifer Hudson, talked about several topics, including the actor’s musical parents, Le'Roy and Angela Williams.

It all came up while the Everybody Hates Chris star was sharing a story about the iconic photos in his family’s home, including one of his then 18-month-old brother “screaming” in the arms of the late Luther Vandross. “My brother’s screaming, by the way, as if he’s being tortured, not knowing he’s in an iconic photo,” the actor joked.

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Williams said his parents not only rubbed shoulders and sang for Vandross, but they also worked with Labelle, Nona [Hendryx], and “so many” others.  He continued. “They go pretty far back, and like, It’s crazy how talent kind of moves through family.”

The Dear White People actor revealed that his brothers and actors, Tyrel Jackson Williams and Tylen Jacob Williams, still create music. As for himself, the star said while he can “hold a note,” he falls short of his other singing relatives.

“When you have a family of singers, who can flat-foot blow, ‘can you sing’ is a touchy question,” Williams quipped. “I can hold a note, I can keep along with anybody, but compared to them, I cannot.”

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