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William Beckett in 2013
|Born||February 11, 1985 (age 34)|
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
|Origin||Barrington, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
William Beckett is an American musician best known for his work with the now-defunct Chicago-based band The Academy Is... (TAI), who were signed to Atlantic Records/Fueled by Ramen/Decaydance Records. While still in high school in 2002, Beckett and guitarist Mike Carden came together from rival bands in Chicago to form The Academy Is... In addition to founding the band, Beckett and Carden are credited as the primary songwriters. A third core member of the band was Adam T. Siska, Beckett's classmate and friend from Barrington High School.
The Academy Is... reunited at Riot Fest 2015 in the fall of 2015 in Chicago. Although Beckett had said the occasion would serve as a "farewell" show, the band later had an additional final tour in late 2015.
Beckett started writing music for his own private pleasure because he did not like the material that was on the radio anymore. He said in an interview that his sister found him playing his songs in the basement and started joining him. She was his first audience and gave him her honest feedback on the material he wrote.
Prior to co-founding The Academy Is... with Mike Carden, Beckett performed in an acoustic band called Remember Maine, with Nick Scimeca, releasing the album The Last Place You Look on LLR Recordings when he was 17 years old.
Beckett has also sung on a number of notable albums by other bands, such as the track "Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year" from Fall Out Boy's 2005 album, From Under the Cork Tree. He sang backing vocals on Fall Out Boy's "What a Catch, Donnie". Other songs he has sung on include "There's a Class for This" from Cute Is What We Aim For's 2006 album The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch, "7 Weeks" from Gym Class Heroes's album As Cruel as School Children, and the Cobra Starship song "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)," which later appeared on the Snakes on a Plane soundtrack and on Cobra Starship's album While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets under the title "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)".
After breaking up The Academy Is..., allegedly to start a solo music career, though other reasons (internal strife within the band) were hinted at, he came out with his first EP, Walk the Talk, released on April 17, 2012, with the single "Compromising Me". His second EP was announced on June 18, 2012, entitled Winds Will Change (produced by Matt Grabe), and was released July 17, 2012, and the main single "Great Night", being released on June 19, 2012. His third EP, What Will Be, was released October 30, 2012. In January 2013, William released a compilation of acoustic covers of his own music, titled The Pioneer Sessions. In February 2013, William was signed to Equal Vision Records. Later in 2013, it was announced that William's debut full-length album, titled Genuine and Counterfeit, would be released in August. The first single off the album, "Benny & Joon", was released June 17, 2013. The music video for the same was released July 31.
The eagerly anticipated Genuine and Counterfeit was released August 20, 2013, though he leaked it to Alternative Press five days prior. It was met with a generally good reception from William's fans.
William Beckett is on Downwrite, a website that allows artists to connect with their fans, and for fans to buy personalized music from the artist.
William Beckett makes a cameo in Fall Out Boy's music video for the song "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"" as the lead vampire and in "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" video as the same vampire. He also appears in the music video for "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)" by Cobra Starship, following his vocal appearance in the song.
On April 16, 2009, Beckett posted the first chapter of the book he hopes to have published, entitled The Folding.
Beckett announced via his blog on July 12, 2010 (the post has now been deleted and replaced with an update post) that he would be starring in a short film based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.
He has been married to Christine Bandy since May 2007.
Beckett performed a DJ set at Emo Nite Day, a festival hosted by Emo Nite, in Los Angeles in December 2017.
|2005||"Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year"||Guest vocals||Fall Out Boy||From Under the Cork Tree|
|2006||"7 Weeks"||Guest vocals||Gym Class Heroes||As Cruel as School Children|
|"Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)"||Guest vocals||Cobra Starship||While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets|
|"There's a Class for This"||Guest vocals||Cute is What We Aim For||The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch|
|2008||"What a Catch, Donnie"||Guest vocals||Fall Out Boy||Folie à Deux|
|"Hold On (Remix)"||Guest vocals and remixing||Good Charlotte||Greatest Remixes|
|"Homecoming"||Writing||Hey Monday||Hold On Tight|
|2011||"For the Love of a Daughter"||Writing||Demi Lovato||Unbroken|
|2014||"Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"||Guest Vocals||Set It Off||Duality|