Will Sheff

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Will Sheff
Background information
Birth nameWill Robinson Sheff
Born (1976-07-07) July 7, 1976 (age 44)
New Hampshire
GenresRock, Folk rock, Indie rock
Years active1998–present
Associated actsOkkervil River (1998-present)
Shearwater (2001–2009)
Will Sheff performing in San Francisco, CA with Okkervil River (2005).
Will Sheff performing in Toronto, Ontario at the Great Hall (2019).

Will Sheff (born July 7, 1976 in New Hampshire) is the frontman for the Austin, Texas-based indie band Okkervil River (1998–present).[1] Originally from Meriden, New Hampshire, he is also a founding member and co-songwriter (along with former Okkervil bandmate Jonathan Meiburg) for Shearwater (2001–2009), another Austin band. Sheff writes and performs many songs as a solo artist while juggling his commitments to Okkervil River and Shearwater, but has released just one single as a solo artist. As well as writing and singing songs, he plays the guitar, the piano, the banjo, and the harmonica.

Sheff attended Kimball Union Academy, where his creativity was encouraged by a teacher named Simon Harrold,[2] and was an English major at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Sheff has collaborated with The Mendoza Line on the duet "Aspect of an Old Maid" and played the piano on the Palaxy Tracks album Cedarland. With Okkervil River, he produced Roky Erickson's 2010 album True Love Cast Out All Evil and provided backing musicianship. He has produced an upcoming album by the Brooklyn-based band Bird of Youth along with Phil Palazzolo.

Sheff contributed a large amount of original music writing to the articles section of Audiogalaxy before the service was shut down.

He also contributed background vocals to The New Pornographers' 2010 album, Together.[3]



  • Will Sheff Covers Charles Bissell, Charles Bissell Covers Will Sheff (Jagjaguwar, 2008)


  1. ^ Hyden, Stephen. "Will Sheff of Okkervil River". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ Sheff, Will. "Will Sheff: The First Time an Adult Took Me Seriously". Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ Clendaniel, Erin. "The New Pornographers, "Together"". Billboard.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010.

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