William Beckett (singer)

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William Beckett
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William Beckett performing on the Honda Civic Tour 2007
Background information
Born (1985-02-11) February 11, 1985 (age 30)[1]
Origin Barrington, Illinois
Genres Alternative rock, power pop
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Labels Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen/Equal Vision Records/LAB Records
Associated acts The Academy Is...(2003–2011) (2015-)
Remember Maine
Exit Seven
Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy, Metro Station (band), Andrew McMahon

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....[2] In addition to founding the band, Beckett and Carden are credited as the primary songwriters.[3]

In 2007, Alex Davies from the BBC described Beckett as a mix of Adam Lazzara and Prince, labeling him "utterly captivating".[4]

On May 27, 2015, Beckett announced that The Academy Is... would reunite at Riot Fest 2015 in Chicago. Beckett also said the occasion would serve as a "farewell" show.[5]


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.

Prior to forming The Academy Is..., Beckett performed in an acoustic band called Remember Maine, with Nick Scimeca,[6] releasing the album The Last Place You Look on LLR Recordings when he was 17 years old.[7]

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.[8] 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,[9] "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)".[10]

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[11]

After breaking up The Academy Is..., allegedly to start a solo music career, though other reasons (internal strife within the band[12]) were hinted at, he came out with his first EP, Walk the Talk, released on April 17, 2012, with the single "Compromising Me". His second EP was announced on June 18, 2012, entitled Winds Will Change (produced by Matt Grabe), and was released July 17, 2012, and the main single "Great Night", being released on June 19, 2012. His third EP, "What Will Be" was released Oct. 30 2012. In January 2013, William released a compilation of acoustic covers of his own music, titled The Pioneer sessions.[13] In February 2013, William was signed to Equal Vision Records.[14] Later in 2013, it was announced that William's debut full-length album, titled Genuine and Counterfeit, would be released in August.[15] The first single off of the album, Benny & Joon, was released June 17, 2013.[16] The music video for the same was released July 31.[17]

William played the Acoustic Basement tent of the 2013 Van's Warped Tour, where he played not only Benny & Joon, but much of his solo discography and a few The Academy Is... songs.[18]

The eagerly anticipated Genuine and Counterfeit was released August 20, 2013,[19] though he leaked it to Alternative Press five days prior.[20] It was met with a generally good reception from William's fans.

On September 5, 2013, the Punk Goes... album series by Fearless Records released their Punk Goes Christmas album, which featured William Beckett's cover of Do You Hear What I Hear?

William Beckett is on Downwrite, a website that allows artists to connect with their fans, and for fans to buy personalized music from the artist.

Side projects[edit]

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.

According to Us Magazine, he is co-authoring a book with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz,[21] who had originally recommended the band to label Fueled by Ramen.[22]

On April 16, 2009, Beckett posted the first chapter of the book he hopes to have published, entitled The Folding.[23]

Beckett announced via his blog on July 12, 2010 (the post has now been deleted and replaced with an update post)[24] that he would be starring in a short film based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.

Beckett wrote the theme song for John Scalzi's novel, Lock In released on August 28, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In a November 2009 interview with Alternative Press, Beckett confirmed that he has a child.[25]

Solo discography[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Work done Artist(s) Album
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
"Homecoming" Writing Hey Monday Hold On Tight
2011 "For the Love of a Daughter" Writing Demi Lovato Unbroken
2014 "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" Guest Vocals Set It Off Duality


  1. ^ "The William Beckett - Advancement for Advancement's sake". Thewilliambeckettblog.com. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  2. ^ "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ The Academy Is... at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Manchester - Entertainment - The Academy Is… at Academy 2". BBC. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  5. ^ "TAI announce Riot Fest Chicago 2015". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ From Under the Cork Tree at AllMusic
  9. ^ The Same Old Blood Rush With a New Touch at AllMusic
  10. ^ While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets at AllMusic
  11. ^ "Homecoming - Hey Monday : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  12. ^ Fisher, Natalie. "Singer William Beckett talks solo career, how he's as geeky as you". Hypable.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  13. ^ "The William Beckett". Thewilliambeckettblog.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  14. ^ "William Beckett signs to Equal Vision Records, recording debut full length album - News - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  15. ^ "William Beckett Announces New Album 'Genuine & Counterfeit'". Alter The Press!. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  16. ^ "William Beckett streams ‘Benny & Joon’ from upcoming album - News - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  17. ^ "William Beckett premieres “Benny and Joon” music video - News - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  18. ^ "The 17 Best Things We Saw At Warped Tour - Features - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  19. ^ "The William Beckett". Thewilliambeckettblog.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  20. ^ "Album Premiere: William Beckett, ‘Genuine And Counterfeit’ - Features - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  21. ^ "Celebrity News and Celebrity Gossip from Us Weekly". UsMagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  22. ^ [3][dead link]
  23. ^ "The William Beckett - THE FOLDING". Thewilliambeckettblog.com. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  24. ^ "The William Beckett - "The Fall of the House of Usher" Update". Thewilliambeckettblog.com. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  25. ^ "The academy is…". Alternative Press (256). November 2009. 

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