The Celestial Stars organized in 1995, the original members were Lawrence Preston, mother Gwendolyn Williams, and father Lawrence Williams.
After Gwendolyn passed in 2009, the group reorganized in October 2011.
The group now consisting of members Lawrence Preston, his father Lawrence Williams, cousins Barry Franklin, Darren Brown, and Frank Morgan.
The Celestial Stars are a group with a sound that bridges the richness, and tradition of traditional Gospel quartet music, with contemporary Gospel music taste.
The groups’ gospel music influences are the Pilgrim Jubilees, the Fantastic Violinaires, the Gospelaires; led by the late Bob Washington and The Highway Q.C'.s. The Celestial Stars sound is a blend created by songwriter, Producer Lawrence Preston, inclusive of the R&B sounds that influenced him; such as Sly and The Family Stones, James Brown, Earth, WIND and Fire, and Cameo to name a few.
The integration of these musical influences has given The Celestial Stars a unique and vibrant sound that is catching the attention of Gospel and Christian audiences everywhere.
Onstage, the Stars give their audiences electric energized energy and excitement in every performance. The Celestial Stars are dedicated to giving their fans great stage performances.
The singers in the band are: Lawrence Williams, and Lawrence Preston, who is also the groups’ bass player; the groups’ tenor vocalist is Cousin Barry Franklin, Darren Brown, and Frank Morgan.
San Francisco is known for the Bay, Fisherman's Wharf, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and now it has a groundbreaking, exciting group to introduce to the World The Celestial Stars.
“We wish you peace and love ” - - Lawrence Preston, Gemstone Records.