Will Wheaton, Jr.
Blessed with a sensual baritone bass voice, Will Wheaton Jr. is an extraordinarily refreshing singer/songwriter. His fertile gospel background helps him cultivate his own unique sound that is rich and gritty. With a deep resonant voice, reminiscent of his earlier influences Barry White and Teddy Pendergrass, Will strips away the veneer of a traditional ballad with vocal prowess and perfection usually reserved for such contemporary artist as Luther Vandross or Maxwell. He has an articulated gift of creating music with heart and range, effortlessly crossing the lines of Pop,R&B & alternative soul.
Born in Laurel, Mississippi and raised in Los Angeles, Will was initially attracted to music through the efforts of his mother who sang gospel songs to him at the early age of three. He would then recite the melodies back to her with amazing clarity and quality. It was while continuing to sing in his church choir that he discovered, as a performer, his music could stir the emotions, enrich the mind and touch the souls of the audience.
Will began honing his craft, and studied widely with some of the best, including Furman Fordham, whose students include Lena Horne. He quickly earned a reputation as an accomplished background vocalist by working with a stellar lineup of talent as Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Coolio, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, Montel Jordan, Kenny Loggins, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Chaka khan, Etc..... In 1992, will emerged victorious in Dick Clark's talent competition USA Music Challenge: He received a recording contract with MCA records along with numerous prizes and accolades. In 1995, Will was selected by star Producer David Foster to be a part of a new vocal group, "Next Millennium" . He wrote and produced four songs for the album with Foster, And credits that experience for bringing him to this point in his career. "David taught me that good enough would not do, and for that I will be eternally grateful". In addition, Will's melodic voice can be heard on the new American Express "Freedom" jingle and the new Gap jingle.
In 1998 Will completed a project on his own label "Platinum Bass Records". The CD entitled "Consenting Adultz" was released in the winter of 99. The CD is an erotic yet romantic 12 song set performed, produced, and written by Will. In 2000 BET (Black Entertainment Television) chose 3 songs from the CD for their movie of the week Midnight Blue. Recently, the television show "Felicity used two songs from this project in their syndication update. Will was also a featured singer in Ben Stiller's smash Mystery Men and hand picked to do some bass singing on the score of the mini series Temptations. Will has worked extensively with Japanese superstar Namie Amuro on her Love 2000 tour and her current album releases. Rod Stewart also utilized Will's talent last year for his new release and for some live performances.
Although Will is known mostly for his work with other artist, nothing compares to Will's own live show. It's a sensual mix of his own mood music and R&b classics designed to rock the house in more ways than one. Defintely one of the hottest shows in L.A. Will performs at numerous L.A. hot spots including Crustaceans & Stevie's Creole Cafe to name a few. Will's band "Consenting Adultz" consist of some of L.A.'s hottest players. "Ooh It's off the hook", says a fan after Will's show.
To his songwriting credits, Will has placed five songs from his catalog on several projects: Earth Wind & Fire, on their "In The Name Of Love" CD: Will Downing on his "Invitation Only" release: a pop duet featuring Koko of SWV on Tevin Campbell's latest release: a cut on Iyanla Vanzant's "In The Meantime" CD featuring Terry Bradford and Eurpean sensation Sony Records artist Anastacia's "Not That Kind" which Will co-wrote will Young Mc. The single "Not That Kind" topped the charts in all overseas markets 2 years ago. To date it has sold over 10 million copies worldwide..
Will adamantly maintains his family is most important, and this close knit relationship is responsible for his creative strength, his vocal tapestry of melodies and the rhythm that is potently extracted from his gospel roots.
An explosive artist, Will Wheaton, Jr. is truly primed for international stardom!