Willis Earl Beal

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Willis Earl Beal
BornChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresLo-fi, folk, experimental, R&B, soul, gospel, blues
  • Musician
  • recording artist
  • music producer
  • visual artist
  • writer
  • actor
  • Vocals
  • iPod
  • compact disc player
  • 8 track cassette player
  • portable p.a.
  • synthesizer/keyboards
  • guitars
  • bass
  • harmonica

Willis Earl Beal (also known as Nobody) is an artist[1] and musician.[2]

Early years[edit]

Willis Earl Beal was born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois.[3] In his early twenties Beal joined the U.S. Army, moving to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Beal was medically discharged from the army due to intestinal and visual problems. He then returned to Chicago where he worked at Sears Tower, following a five-month hospital stay.[4]

Early career[edit]

In 2007, Beal moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here Beal spent some time homeless, and working entry-level jobs, notably as a night-shift security guard. During this time Beal began to record music, leaving CD-Rs in public spaces around Albuquerque. Beal would also leave self-illustrated flyers around the town in the hope of finding a girlfriend.[5] One of these flyers was discovered by Found Magazine who put Beal on the cover of their magazine.[1] Found later released a limited-edition box set called The Willis Earl Beal Collection, which included Beal's poetry, artwork and a 17-song album.[6] Through these flyers and the subsequent coverage in Found, Beal was contacted by more than 100 members of the public.[1]

Music career[edit]

Beal participated in auditions for Simon Cowell's The X Factor television show, but dropped out of the "boot-camp" stage of the competition.[7] In 2012, Beal signed a recording contract with Hot Charity, an imprint of independent record label, XL Recordings. Beal's first single for the labels, "Evening's Kiss" was released on February 17, 2012, and the accompanying music video was illustrated by Beal.[8] Beal's debut album, entitled Acousmatic Sorcery was released on April 2, 2012.[9]


  • Acousmatic Sorcery (Hot Charity/XL Recordings, 2012)
  • Nobody Knows. (Hot Charity/XL Recordings, 2013)
  • Experiments in Time (self-released, 2014)
  • Experiments in Time: The Golden Hour (self-released, 2014)
  • Noctunes (Electric Soul Records/Tender Loving Empire, 2015)
  • Turn (cdbaby/TMB Limited, 2017)
  • Turn, Circle, Sun & Moon (cdbaby, TMB Limited 2017)
  • ALMS (Bandcamp, cdbaby 2018)
  • Morningstar (Bandcamp, Eyeless Records 2020)
  • Principles of a Protagonist (BitTorrent, 2012)
  • A Place That Doesn't Exist (self-released, 2013)
  • Curious Cool (self-released, 2014)
  • Hourglass(Bandcamp,2021)
  • Blue Dawn(Bandcamp, Eyeless Records,2021)
  • Flying So Low / 12 Midnight (TMB Limited, 2015) 7 Inch Single
  • Through The Dark (Tender Loving Empire, 2016)
  • A Chaos Paradigm (Tender Loving Empire, 2016)
  • Circle (self-released, 2017)
  • Sun & Moon (self-released, 2017)
  • Sad Sam (Extended Player) (self-released, 2018)
  • "Feel/You" (2017])7 Inch single
  • "Dont You (Forget About Me)" cover
  • "3 ANGELS"in collaboration with Druidance


  1. ^ a b c "On Display: Willis Earl Beal | Chicago Reader". chicagoreader.com. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  2. ^ "Tracks: Willis Earl Beal: Evening's Kiss". Pitchfork. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  3. ^ "Willis Earl Beal • Tender Loving Empire". Archived from the original on 2016-08-11.
  4. ^ "Ice Breaker: Willis Earl Beal". gq.com. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  5. ^ "[Portrait] Willis Earl Beal : Le roi est nu - Standards and More". Standardsandmore.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  6. ^ "On Display: Found Magazine Shop". foundmagazine.com.
  7. ^ Usinger, Mike (May 2, 2012). "Bullshit-free Willis Earl Beal has one hell of a backstory". Georgia Straight. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Video: Willis Earl Beal, "Evening's Kiss"". thefader.com. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  9. ^ "Willis Earl Beal debuts new track and announces first ever UK shows". nme.com. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-07.

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