William Beckett (singer)
William Beckett in 2011
|Born||February 11, 1985|
|Genres||Alternative rock, Emo, Power Pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums|
|Labels||Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen/Equal Vision Records/LAB Records|
|Associated acts||The Academy Is...(2003–2011)
William Beckett (born February 11, 1985) is an American musician best known for his work with the now-defunct Chicago based band The Academy Is... (TAI), who were signed to Atlantic Records/Fueled by Ramen/Decaydance Records. While still in high school in 2002, Beckett and guitarist Mike Carden came together from rival bands in Chicago to form The Academy Is.... In addition to founding the band, Beckett and Carden are credited as the primary songwriters.
Beckett started writing music for his own private pleasure because he did not like the material that was on the radio anymore. He said in an interview that his sister found him playing his songs in the basement and started joining him. She was his first audience and gave him her honest feedback on the material he wrote.
Beckett has also sung on a number of notable albums by other bands, such as the track "Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year" from Fall Out Boy's 2005 album, From Under the Cork Tree. He sang backing vocals on Fall Out Boy's "What A Catch, Donnie". Other songs he has sung on include "There's a Class for This" from Cute Is What We Aim For's 2006 album The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch, "7 Weeks" from Gym Class Heroes's album As Cruel as School Children, and the Cobra Starship song "Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)," which later appeared on the Snakes on a Plane soundtrack and on Cobra Starship's album While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets under the title "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)".
Beckett also has a songwriting credit on Hey Monday's song "Homecoming" from their debut album Hold on Tight, and on Demi Lovato's song "For the Love of a Daughter" from her third album "Unbroken."
After the demise of The Academy Is..., Beckett announced that he will be working on a solo project, with his first EP, Walk the Talk, being released on April 17, 2012, with the single "Compromising Me". A second EP was announced on June 18, 2012, entitled Winds Will Change (produced by Matt Grabe), for a release date of July 17, 2012, and the main single "Great Night", being released on June 19, 2012.
William Beckett makes a cameo in Fall Out Boy's music video for the song "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me" as the lead vampire and in "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" video as the same vampire. He also appears in the music video for "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)" by Cobra Starship, following his vocal appearance in the song.
On April 16, 2009, Beckett posted the first chapter of the book he hopes to have published, entitled The Folding.
Beckett announced via his blog on July 12, 2010 (the post has now been deleted and replaced with an update post) that he would be starring in a short film based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.
In a November 2009 interview with Alternative Press, Beckett confirmed that he has a child. As of 2012[update], he lives in Chicago with his partner and his daughter, who was born on October 12, 2007.
- Walk the Talk EP (April 17, 2012)
- Winds Will Change EP (July 17, 2012)
- What Will Be EP (October 30, 2012)
- The Pioneer Sessions (January 22, 2013)
- Genuine & Counterfeit (August 20, 2013)
|2005||"Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year"||Guest vocals||Fall Out Boy||From Under the Cork Tree|
|2006||"7 Weeks"||Guest vocals||Gym Class Heroes||As Cruel as School Children|
|"Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)"||Guest vocals||Cobra Starship||While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets|
|"There's a Class for This"||Guest vocals||Cute is What We Aim For||The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch|
|2008||"What a Catch, Donnie"||Guest vocals||Fall Out Boy||Folie à Deux|
|"Hold On (Remix)"||Guest vocals and remixing||Good Charlotte||Greatest Remixes|
|2011||"For the Love of a Daughter"||Writing||Demi Lovato||Unbroken|
- February 13, 2009 (2009-02-13). "The William Beckett - Advancement for Advancement's sake". Thewilliambeckettblog.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- The Academy Is... at AllMusic
- "Manchester - Entertainment - The Academy Is… at Academy 2". BBC. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
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- From Under the Cork Tree at AllMusic
- The Same Old Blood Rush With a New Touch at AllMusic
- While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets at AllMusic
- "Homecoming - Hey Monday : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- "Celebrity News and Celebrity Gossip from Us Weekly". UsMagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16). "The William Beckett - THE FOLDING". Thewilliambeckettblog.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- July 14, 2010 (2010-07-14). "The William Beckett - "The Fall of the House of Usher" Update". Thewilliambeckettblog.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- "The academy is...". Alternative Press (256). November 2009.