SHOWS & ACTS

WILLIAM BLAKE

William Blake is a native of Dallas, Texas.  He has performed at such notable NYC venues as Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, The Metropolitan Room, Sidewalk Cafe, Feinstein's at the Regency, Cafe Carlyle & Bemelman's Bar, Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, The Cutting Room, 54 Below, 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 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 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.  William is also an entertainment team member of Atlantis Events and has performed aboard cruise lines in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas & The Caribbean Islands.  This Christmas, his singing voice will be heard in the Universal Studios' Holiday Parade.

William's second album was a collaboration with music director Michael Thomas Murray. 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," the Huffington Post describes him as "a tonic, a truly unique voice, a wickedly forceful personality," 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."

 

Check out William's website at www.williamblakesings.com!

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