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.
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 & Bemelman's Bar, Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, The Cutting Room, The Blue Note, 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. In June of 2012, 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. In 2014, William was awarded the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist and the Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist for his R&B performances at Birdland and Joe's Pub. "Echoes" also went on to win the 2014 MAC Award for Show of the Year.