Billy Martin (guitarist)

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William Dean "Billy" Martin
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Martin performing with Good Charlotte in 2008
Background information
Birth name William Dean Martin
Born (1981-06-15) June 15, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, emo, dance punk
Occupations Musician, guitarist, songwriter, author, illustrator
Instruments Guitar, keyboard, piano
Years active 1996—present
Labels Epic, Daylight
Associated acts Good Charlotte
Website www.goodcharlotte.com

William Dean "Billy" Martin (born June 15, 1981 in Annapolis, Maryland) is an American musician best known as the guitarist and keyboardist of the pop punk band Good Charlotte.

Early life and Career[edit]

Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Martin has been playing guitar since he was in 6th grade when he received his first guitar for Christmas. He went on to attend Severna Park High School in Severna Park, Maryland. He started his first band, Overflow, with Steve Sievers, who later helped Martin run his clothing line, LeVeL 27. Martin is a vegetarian and is a huge animal lover. While recording Good Charlotte's third album The Chronicles of Life and Death, he and Benji Madden switched guitar roles. Martin also plays keyboards on the album, with the exception of "The Truth", and occasionally plays keyboards at their concerts. Martin, who enjoys drawing, created the artwork for The Chronicles of Life and Death album sleeve and cover. He also designed all the artwork for the videos "Predictable" and "The Chronicles of Life and Death". Martin has also written a children's book, Damious McDreary: A Boy and His Bat published in 2009. In December 2009, Martin liquidated his clothing company Level 27 saying that it was a great outlet for his artistic whims, it had served its purpose and would not be kept going as a clothing brand.[1] He also appeared with his band mates in the 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie and the television special iCarly iGo to Japan.

Personal life[edit]

On March 1, 2008, Martin married hairstylist Linzi Williamson, who he had been dating for eight years. On January 26, 2009 she gave birth to their son Dreavyn Kingslee Martin in Pasadena, California.[2] In September 2012, Martin's wife Linzi gave birth to the couple's second son, Zander Jace Martin.

Discography[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Billy (22 December 2009). "Level 27 Clothing Farewell". bloodzilla.com. Bill Martin. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Billy Martin & Wife Welcome Son Dreavyn". Celebrity Baby Scoop. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2009-10-03.