William Beckett (singer)

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William Beckett
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William Beckett in 2013
Background information
BornFebruary 11, 1985
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Origin Barrington, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active2003–present
Associated acts

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... [1] In addition to founding the band, Beckett and Carden are credited as the primary songwriters. [2] A third core member of the band was Adam T. Siska, Beckett's classmate and friend from Barrington High School. [3]

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States.

The Academy Is... American rock band

The Academy Is... was an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 2003. Before disbanding, they were signed by the Decaydance imprint of the Fueled by Ramen label. They were originally known as "The Academy", but added the "Is..." in 2004 to avoid legal complications with other established bands already under that name. The band released three studio albums, Almost Here, Santi, and Fast Times at Barrington High, and four EPs. The band announced its break-up on 8 October 2011. In May 2015, lead singer William Beckett announced that the band would reunite at Riot Fest 2015 in Chicago. In addition the core members of the band Beckett, Mike Carden and Adam Siska, as well as Andy Mrotek and Ian Crawford, reunited for a farewell tour that took place during December 2015.

Atlantic Records American record label

Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, and soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding. Its position was greatly improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes.


In 2007, Alex Davies from the BBC described Beckett as a mix of Adam Lazzara and Prince, labeling him "utterly captivating". [4]

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.

Adam Lazzara American singer

Adam Burbank Lazzara is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the rock band Taking Back Sunday. Along with singing lead vocals, Lazzara plays guitar and occasionally the harmonica.

Prince (musician) American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and filmmaker

Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup, and wide vocal range. A multi-instrumentalist, he was considered a guitar virtuoso and was also skilled at playing the drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, and synthesizer. Prince pioneered the Minneapolis sound, which is a subgenre of funk rock with elements of synth-pop and new wave, in the late 1970s.

The Academy Is... reunited at Riot Fest 2015 in the fall of 2015 in Chicago. [3] Although Beckett had said the occasion would serve as a "farewell" show, [5] 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, [6] releasing the album The Last Place You Look on LLR Recordings when he was 17 years old. [7]

Acoustic music music genre

Acoustic music is music that solely or primarily uses instruments that produce sound through acoustic means, as opposed to electric or electronic means; typically the phrase refers to that made by acoustic string instruments. While all music was once acoustic, the retronym "acoustic music" appeared after the advent of electric instruments, such as the electric guitar, electric violin, electric organ and synthesizer. Acoustic string instrumentations had long been a subset of popular music, particularly in folk. It stood in contrast to various other types of music in various eras, including big band music in the pre-rock era, and electric music in the rock era.

LLR Recordings was a Chicago-based record label founded by Johnny Minardi and Tony Marino in August 2001. The label released records including the debut EP of The Academy Is..., the Remember Maine album The Last Place You Look, and the Hidden In Plain View EP Operation: Cut-Throat.

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 . [8] 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 , [9] "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)". [10]

Fall Out Boy American pop punk band

Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley. The band originated from Chicago's hardcore punk scene, with which all members were involved at one point. The group was formed by Wentz and Trohman as a pop punk side project of the members' respective hardcore bands, and Stump joined shortly thereafter. The group went through a succession of drummers before landing Hurley and recording the group's debut album, Take This to Your Grave (2003). The album became an underground success and helped the band gain a dedicated fanbase through heavy touring, as well as some moderate commercial success. Take This to Your Grave has commonly been cited as an influential blueprint for pop punk music in the 2000s.

<i>From Under the Cork Tree</i> 2005 studio album by Fall Out Boy

From Under the Cork Tree is the second studio album by American rock band Fall Out Boy. It was released on May 3, 2005, through Island Records as the band's major label debut. The music was composed by lead vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, with all lyrics penned by bassist Pete Wentz, continuing the band's songwriting approach they took for some songs on their prior 2003 effort Take This to Your Grave. Neal Avron handled production duties. Commenting on the record's lyrical themes, Wentz said the lyrics were about "the anxiety and depression that goes along with looking at your own life." In support of their release the group headlined tours worldwide and played at various music festivals. For their Black Clouds and Underdogs tour the album was re-released as From Under the Cork Tree , featuring new songs and remixes.

What a Catch, Donnie 2009 single by Fall Out Boy

"What a Catch, Donnie" is Fall Out Boy's second digital download single and third radio single from their fourth studio album Folie à Deux (2008). It was first released as part of the buildup to the new album on iTunes on October 14, 2008, and charted on the US and Canadian singles charts. The track features numerous musicians performing cameo appearances in the song, singing lines from past Fall Out Boy songs. Bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz has said that he wrote the song to remind himself of vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump. Fall Out Boy played the song live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Beckett performing on the Honda Civic Tour 2007 William Beckett.jpg
Beckett performing on the Honda Civic Tour 2007

Beckett also has a songwriting credit on Hey Monday's song "Homecoming" from their debut album Hold On Tight and on Demi Lovato's song "For the Love of a Daughter" from her third album Unbroken . [11]

Hey Monday American band

Hey Monday is an American rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida, formed in 2008. The band is on a hiatus as of December 2011. They released their debut album Hold On Tight in 2008, which produced the singles "Homecoming" and "How You Love Me Now." The album was followed up with their 2010 EP Beneath It All, which achieved moderate commercial success, and Candles EP in 2011. Their final release, The Christmas EP, was released on December 6, 2011. Hey Monday is on hiatus and claims to not be "broken up". The lead singer Cassadee Pope is now a solo artist.

"Homecoming" is a song by American rock band Hey Monday from their debut studio album, Hold On Tight (2008). A snippet of the song was included on Fall Out Boy's mixtape Welcome to the New Administration in August 2008. It was first released in the United States on October 7, 2008 as the band's debut single, before being released internationally throughout early 2009. "Homecoming" only charted outside the US, namely in Japan and Australia.

<i>Hold On Tight</i> (album) 2008 studio album by Hey Monday

Hold On Tight is the debut studio album by American rock band Hey Monday. It is the only album to feature original drummer, Elliot James, and the only full-length to feature original bassist, Jersey Moriarty.

After breaking up The Academy Is..., allegedly to start a solo music career, though other reasons (internal strife within the band [12] ) 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. [13] In February 2013, William was signed to Equal Vision Records. [14] Later in 2013, it was announced that William's debut full-length album, titled Genuine and Counterfeit, would be released in August. [15] The first single off the album, "Benny & Joon", was released June 17, 2013. [16] The music video for the same was released July 31. [17]

William played the Acoustic Basement tent of the 2013 Van's Warped Tour, where he played not only "Benny & Joon", but much of his solo discography and a few The Academy Is... songs. [18]

The eagerly anticipated Genuine and Counterfeit was released August 20, 2013, [13] though he leaked it to Alternative Press five days prior. [19] It was met with a generally good reception from William's fans.

On September 5, 2013, the Punk Goes... album series by Fearless Records released their Punk Goes Christmas album, which featured William Beckett's cover of "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

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.

Side projects

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.

According to Us Magazine , he is co-authoring a book with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, [20] who had originally recommended the band to label Fueled by Ramen. [21]

On April 16, 2009, Beckett posted the first chapter of the book he hopes to have published, entitled The Folding. [22]

Beckett announced via his blog on July 12, 2010 (the post has now been deleted and replaced with an update post) [23] that he would be starring in a short film based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher .

Beckett wrote the theme song for John Scalzi's novel, Lock In , released on August 28, 2014.

Personal life

In a November 2009 interview with Alternative Press , Beckett confirmed that he has a child, a daughter, Genevieve Dylan Beckett. [24]

He has been married to Christine Bandy since May 2007. [25]

Beckett performed a DJ set at Emo Nite Day, a festival hosted by Emo Nite, in Los Angeles in December 2017. [26]

Solo discography

Guest appearances

YearSongWork doneArtist(s)Album
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

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