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William Blake is a native of Dallas, Texas. He has been performing professionally since the age of 19 at such Dallas venues as Bill’s Hideaway, Alexandre’s, Absinthe Lounge, and Sambuca Jazz Lounge and Restaurant. As an actor, his regional theater credits include The Who’s Tommy, Chicago, and The Rocky Horror Show. In 2004, William released his first studio album, DayDreamer, with the song selection ranging from jazz (Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life) to pop (Stevie Wonder’s Kiss Lonely Goodbye). Shortly after the release, William auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol and went on to compete in Hollywood.
In early 2007, he made his move to New York City to continue his musical career. He has performed at such notable NYC venues as Don’t Tell Mama, Uncle Charlie’s, The Metropolitan Room, Sidewalk Cafe, Feinstein's at the Regency, Cafe Carlyle, Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub & Birdland Jazz Club. In 2010, William was honored to receive an invitation to sing at Carnegie Hall in Standard Time with Michael Feinstein. He also had the privilege of sharing the stage with Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Lucie Arnaz, and many others in The Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Town Hall. This year, he also took part in the reading of the new Air Supply musical, Lost in Love, which is slated for workshop in Winter 2013. Last June, he and music director Michael Thomas Murray enjoyed a sold-out engagement at Birdland presenting "Echoes of Etta: A Tribute to Etta James" which returned by popular demand in August. The show recently garnered William both a nomination for Best Tribute Show and win for Best Male Vocalist for the 2012 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards.
William always knew that his second album would be a “Live From” project. With Mr. Murray, he handpicked the best Soul and R&B songs from 1961 to 1979 where the evolution of the two genres was most significant. With the tunes in tow and the band in place, the one-night-only performance was recorded at Birdland on September 6th, 2010, to a sold-out audience. William Blake: Live From New York City is an energetic, funky and fresh look into the passion and skill of this unique and talented vocalist.
The L.A. Times calls William "a shy young Texan with a powerful tenor" and the Wall Street Journal raves that he is "a blues and soul belter of uncommon skill with his piercing, full-bodied falsetto and dynamic attack."
William currently resides in New York City's Hell's Kitchen.