Never one to love school, he tried his hand as a chalkboard artist for restaurants and cafes but music was never far from his mind. An impromptu acoustic performance for someone’s birthday led to his first gig and soon enough he was playing his favorite covers to a packed house five nights a week—being the early ‘90s that meant Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam and Radiohead but one day he simply decided he needed to write his own music. In 2002 WiL released his debut album Both Hands and sold 6000 copies off stage in its first year leading to three WCMA's nominations including a nod for ‘Producer’ and ‘Best Live Act’ which allowed him to tour for the next three years with bands like Colin James, Xavier Rudd, The Tea Party, Gomez and Matthew Good among others.
WiL first became intrigued with the “idea” of writing for film in October 2008, when the original track, ‘Big Life’ was placed in a pivotal hospital scene in the ABC TV series, ‘Eli Stone’ yet it was while recording his 3rd and independent album, ‘In This Together’ in 2009 and working with producer and commercial composer Bruce Leitl that WiL really started coming into his own as a songwriter. The pairing was initiated in order to help WiL further develop his songwriting skills and melody structure. Tragically, Bruce passed away before the album was finished yet WiL admits with a smile that “Bruce was the Porsche and I was the pickup. He and I had vastly different musical tastes but differences aside he helped me become a better songwriter.
In 2011, WiL wrote a series of songs that landed in Travel Alberta’s award winning media campaign called ‘Remember To Breathe’. The song ‘Roam’ became the campaign’s flagship anthem and opened the door into the world of composing music for TV and film while simultaneously feeding the desire to write and record a new album.
That album is aptly called ‘El Paseo’ which means 'The Ride' in Spanish. The title track speaks to lifes ups and downs both in general and as a musician. Some of the songs are fully realized re-recorded versions of songs which feature in the Travel Alberta tourism ads and some entirely new – penned after hearing that his fans had stepped up and entirely funded the record within one week of launching a crowd-sourcing platform called FANPUSH. The album has since been nominated 'Solo Roots Album of The Year' at 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards.
WiL is currently writing and recording music for his sixth studio album.
Jul 21 ThursdayDuncan, BC, Canada Unknown venue