Billy King Band
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Billy King Band

Brooklyn, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Brooklyn, Michigan, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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"King is crowned"

Contest win is latest step for local performer [...] When you think about it, it seems only logical that Billy King should be the 2007 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest grand prize winner.

Roger Leleivre
The Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News


"I Don't Write Love Songs"

[”I Don't Write Love Songs” is] extremely original, clever, and honest ... (with) a strong hook and strong supporting ideas. It pushes the edges of typical commercial music topics, and offers a new take on a very real and purposeful theme.

Andrea Stolpe
Judge, Great Lakes Songwriting Contest - Judge, Great Lakes Songwriting Contest


"King is crowned"

Contest win is latest step for local performer [...] When you think about it, it seems only logical that Billy King should be the 2007 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest grand prize winner.

Roger Leleivre
The Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News


"On Billy King"

[Billy has] roots planted in the same ground as Alex Chilton, early era Beatles, Buddy Holly and ... pause for dramatic effect ... Brian Wilson. Lots of musicians claim these sacred roots but King is the only one (at least locally) who has a shot at playing in the same ball park.

Alan Goldsmith
Ann Arbor Agenda
- Ann Arbor Agenda


"On Billy King"

[Billy has] roots planted in the same ground as Alex Chilton, early era Beatles, Buddy Holly and ... pause for dramatic effect ... Brian Wilson. Lots of musicians claim these sacred roots but King is the only one (at least locally) who has a shot at playing in the same ball park.

Alan Goldsmith
Ann Arbor Agenda
- Ann Arbor Agenda


"On Billy King"

If the expression “whiz kid” ever applied to anyone, it certainly fits Brooklyn, Michigan native Billy King […] he has a winning and honest style, and a knack for making his tunes stick in your head.

Martin Murray
Niagara Pulse - Niagara Pulse


"On Billy King"

If the expression “whiz kid” ever applied to anyone, it certainly fits Brooklyn, Michigan native Billy King […] he has a winning and honest style, and a knack for making his tunes stick in your head.

Martin Murray
Niagara Pulse - Niagara Pulse


Discography

I don't write love songs EP, 2008
Overdue, 2006
You Know Me, 2000
Part of the World, 1998

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Billy King is capturing the attention of Michigan's musical community. A seasoned performer, songwriter, and studio producer, his emergence onto the independent music scene brings an original blend of rootsy folk/pop with an occasional touch of country swing.

In the early 1990s, Billy led his two-member band, the preteen King Brothers, to local fame in the Ann Arbor area, performing regularly and releasing five albums of mostly original material. Still living and working on the family farm, Billy has continued writing and recording, and, with his brother, started Holler Fest, a three-day music festival featuring Michigan artists.

Billy’s versatility as a multi-genre singer-songwriter is matched by his ability on a wide range of instruments from guitar and banjo to keyboards and accordion. An engaging solo and duo performer, Billy also delivers a high-energy set with his full band, which includes some of the area’s top musicians. Traversing intimate acoustic venues, major festival stages, and popular rural gatherings, he performs with lightness, dynamism, and sincerity.

Within the songwriting community, he is well-known for his musicianship and originality. In 2007, his composition, "I Don't Write Love Songs," was awarded the Grand Prize in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, and his band headlined the annual showcase for contest winners at the distinguished Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, Michigan. He is currently completing his fourth full-length album for release in spring 2009.

Influenced by master songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, Billy crafts melodically compelling songs that maintain a sense of the timeless and classic. Bringing a direct and honest energy to his audiences, Billy creates a musical experience that captivates and inspires.