Wil was born to parents who were both musically proficient. On Friday nights he would sit and listen while his parents played and sung along to the old crooners and guitar legends such as Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins and Hank Williams. By the age of 13 he was seriously refining and defining his playing style unknowingly blending his love of “old school country” with new diverse punk and alternative rock influences.
In 2001, Wil wrote his first album Both Hands selling over 6000 copies off stage subsequently allowing him to tour with artists such as Colin James, Matthew Good, Joel Plaskett Emergency and Xavier Rudd among others as well earning him 4 nominations at the 2005 WCMA’s including Producer and Entertainer of the Year.
Wil has since released 4 studio albums; his latest album “Heart of Mine” helped land Wil the opening spot on the two-week eastern Canadian leg of Jann Arden’s Cover Me, Too tour, which wrapped in Montreal March 15th.
In addition to Wils touring career, he also composes music for radio, television and film; his work really hit a high note in 2011, culminating with the news that five of his songs were picked to accompany the stunningly shot video component for Travel Alberta’s 2011/12 “Remember To Breathe” campaign. The 3 – minute flagship video “Alberta” containing Wils song “Roam” hit a milestone in mid April by bridging one million hits.
Subsequently, The Calgary Stampede commissioned Wil to compose a song called “Ride”for their 100th Anniversary commercial campaign. So happy with the short commercial version they asked him to extend it. The single ‘Ride’ is available at Cd Baby, Itunes etc.
Wil has a gift and he loves to share it. In his musicianship, lyrics and live performance, he exudes an equal measure of ferocious intent and heart wrenching beauty: as one fan eloquently stated “he’s a saw blade cutting though fine silk”. Whether performing live, recording an album or writing for film, Wil is a dedicated and consummate professional. Wil uses his legendary live show performances to develop his expansive roots-rock sound to create a style that is honest, edgy, raw and delicate yet achingly beautiful all at once.
One such performance was written up by the Calgary Sun as having so much “power and soul it could stop your heart.”