Bio

 

 

 

William was born and raised on the west side of Detroit. His father and grandfather a preacher and his mother who also directed the church choir. William proudly grew up surrounded by preachers, teachers, evangelists, singers and was also surrounded by a large and loving family.

At 10 his father after several years of pastoring in Detroit accepted a pastoral opportunity and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. During those years, William’s passion for music and songwriting grew as he began playing acoustic guitar.

For the past decade William has extensively toured the United States and abroad performing in arenas, theaters, clubs, festivals, churches, conferences, camps and retreats. He has performed in countries such as, England, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Taiwan and more. 

In early 2011 Bethel Music released its first label compilation, Be Lifted High, featuring two songs from William, Hope’s Anthem and Deep Cries Out. Later that year he released his first album, Hope’s Anthem in July 2011 where it charted on Christian Billboard and Billboard’s Heatseekers. William appeared on several more Bethel albums between 2012-2016 such as For The Sake of the World, Tides, Tides Live & Have It All featuring hit songs Freedom, This Is What You Do, Ascend, Shine On Us, & Glory to Glory. 

William's passion is artistry and advocacy. In May 2014 he left staff at Bethel Church and moved to Los Angeles California to began writing his much anticipated sophomore record Kosmos which is slated for release in early 2018. During the 2016 election William joined the Not Who We Are campaign and became a strong political advocate against the blatant racism, sexism and xenaphobic rhetoric of the Trump campaign. He filmed a short music documentary highlighting Detroit & his family's roots in the black church, which was highlighted by Yahoo News & CNN. William is on the board of the environmental advocacy group Micah Challenge which in the fall of 2015, filmed a climate change documentary For The Love Of featuring him and other music artists interviewing scientists and global political leaders at COP21Paris Climate Summit. William has appeared regularly on the highly popular Liturgist Podcast speaking progressively on issues surrounding race and theology He also is the creator & host of CultureShock, a podcast focused on the intersection of faith, politics and culture. William currently resides in Los Angeles.