From his days fronting emo rock outfit The Academy Is... to his current reign as an alt-pop heartthrob, William Beckett has remained a captivating performer with a knack for connecting with fans. Beckett's solo work ranges from intimate acoustic ballads to anthemic power pop, and his dynamic live shows reflect his multi-faceted catalog perfectly. Whether he's belting out the soaring sing-along chorus of "Benny and Joon" or throwing it back with a tune from his The Academy Is... days, Beckett always wears his heart on his sleeve, leaving fans feeling connected and fulfilled at his unforgettable live shows.
William Beckett was born in the Chicago suburb of Barrington in 1985, and it was there that he began writing and performing music for his sister in the family basement. By age 17 he had released an acoustic album under the moniker Remember Maine, and in 2003 he formed the pop punk band The Academy Is... with bassist Adam T. Siska and guitarist Mike Carden. The band had an impressive run in the '00s, reaching No. 7 on the Heatseekers Albums Chart with their debut LP before going on to land two more Top 10 albums on the rock charts. Following the group's 2011 break-up, Beckett's solo career got off to an auspicious start in 2012 with the release of the Walk the Talk EP. Two more EPs and an album of acoustic versions of his own music followed, and in 2013 he released his highly anticipated debut full-length Genuine & Counterfeit. The album impressed critics and fans alike with its polished sound and soaring singles like "Benny & Joon", drumming up big expectations for Beckett's next stint on the road.