Bill Leverty

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Bill Leverty
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Bill Leverty 2007
Background information
Birth name William G. Leverty II
Born (1967-01-30) January 30, 1967 (age 47)
Origin Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Rock, hard rock, melodic rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, lap steel guitar, acoustic guitar
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts FireHouse, White Heat
Website www.leverty.com
Notable instruments
Yamaha Guitars

William G. Leverty II (born January 30, 1967) is an American guitarist, who is a founding and current member of the American rock band FireHouse. Leverty was responsible for writing many of the band's hit songs. In the 2000s, Leverty has also pursued a solo career, releasing four albums; Wanderlust, Southern Exposure, Deep South and Drive.

Biography[edit]

Leverty was born in Richmond, Virginia. His parents gave him a guitar when he was 4 years old, but he didn't take it up seriously until he was 15 years old, and studied music theory in high school.

In 1984, his band White Heat auditioned for a drummer, where he met Michael Foster and was impressed with him. Some time later, they hooked up with C.J. Snare and Perry Richardson, and formed FireHouse. Leverty got an endorsement deal with Yamaha Guitar Development and played them for 16 years.

On July 4, 2006 GREM USA announced that Leverty signed an exclusive endorsement with the guitar manufacturer. GREM guitars produced "The Bill Leverty Free Radical" guitar and presented it to Leverty in July.

In 2012, Leverty began working with C.R. Alsip Guitars and became the guitar manufacturer's first endorsee. Leverty worked hand in hand with C.R. Alsip's master luthier & owner Jake Willoughby in the prototyping stages & Leverty's C.R. Alsip guitar known as "Lucky 13" was born. Shortly after Leverty received his 2nd Alsip that he calls "Goldie" which was pictured on his solo album "Drive".

After almost 10 years with FireHouse, Leverty released his first solo album called Wanderlust.

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On October 9, 2007, Leverty released his first instrumental solo album called, Southern Exposure, followed by a third album "Deep South" in 2009. His fourth solo album, "Drive", was released in February 2013.

Leverty married his wife Kris in 1996; together they have a child named Dabney.

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