Willard Overstreet

Willard Overstreet

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

The music is colorful and rich emphasizing melody and lyric. A large range of textures and instruments support a strong, compelling vocal presence.

Biography

I try to tell real stories with memorable melodies. The songs are written primarily on acoustic guitar or piano and then arranged for a full band.
I would say the material is a combination of Rock, AAA, and Americana. Like most artists, I have many influences ranging from Tom Petty, Carlos Santana, Wilco and Edgar Allan Poe but the end product is the result of all my influences combined.
I started playing guitar and singing in grade school.
As a young teen I attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where I studied classical guitar and music theory.
Later I attended and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and played locally there while studying.
Eventually attending Berklee College of Music, I continued to study guitar and privately studied voice.
While in Boston, I formed and fronted bands playing the local and regional circuit opening for national as well as regional touring bands.
As the journey continued, I ended up in LA where I immediately began performing at intimate acoustic clubs and later larger rock venues.
In Los Angeles, I recorded my first album "Paralyzed". It received airplay on college radio across the country and some larger stations in LA including KLOS and public radio station KCRW.
"Something To Hold Onto" is my second album.

Lyrics

California

Written By: Willard Overstreet

California

I can see it all as if I was still there
A young boy and a girl
A summer without a care

I knew, right then, that time was so good
So right, so pure and so beautiful
Yea hey

I can feel the sun and I can taste that ocean air
That first day in California
as if I was still there

I knew right then that time was so good
So right, so pure and so beautiful
I knew right then that time was so good
Yea hey

When I look into the eyes of this young boy in front of me
I can see it all
and I can see it perfectly

I know right now this time is so good
So right, so pure and so beautiful
Yea hey

I know right now this time is so good
So right, so pure and so beautiful
Yea hey

Come To Me

Written By: Willard Overstreet


Come and lay in my arms
And let me hold you tonight
Close your eyes don’t be troubled
Everything is gonna be alright

Ease your mind

You can always come to me
You have someone
You can always come to me
Come to me

Let the tears fall if you want to
Let them fall down like rain
If you let go baby don’t you know I will hold on to you
I will hold on to you

Ease your mind

You can always come to me
You have someone
You can always come to me
Come to me

Let my love bring you comfort
You have nothing to fear
When it all comes crashing around you
I will be here

Ease your mind

You can always come to me
You have someone
You can always come to me
Come to me

Discography

Paralyzed
Something To Hold Onto

Set List

45min to 2 sets of original music from two records
as well as a few hand picked cover songs.