Matthew "Billy" Williams, a/k/a the WILLIAMSBOY, has come from humble beginnings in Maine
to become an extremely accomplished singer/songwriter musician.
When he was just three years old, his father left the family, abandoning his mother and his
siblings. He isn't shy about admitting that the family had to go on "welfare" and that they
bounced around from place to place.
The name the WILLIAMSBOY is a direct reflection of his youth. It seems that no matter where
his family moved, the stigma of being on public assistance followed them. He said, "Whenever
something was wrong, missing, or troubled in the neighborhood, I always heard "must be that
Williamsboy." So I just adopted the name as my stage name... sort of a tribute to my struggles."
The WILLIAMSBOY uses his own life's struggles for his songwriting inspiration. His first
CD, 2008 release "Roads," is a great combination of rockin' songs that are written from the
On his website, www.williamsboy.com,
there is a video of the title track, "Roads." This five-minute clip featuring him and his son,
intertwined with scenes from his life, sums up just what the WILLIAMSBOY is all about.
In this humble writer's opinion, WILLIAMSBOY pens his lyrics in a style very similar to New
Jersey icon Bruce Springsteen. When one listens to the lyrical content depicting his struggles,
it's not an understatement to say that one may draw a mental picture in one's mind of sitting
right there as if he was telling you a story in a bar over a pint of beer.
Currently, the WILLIAMSBOY is in the studio working on his second CD, which is titled "Analog."
Backing him in studio and on recent live performances are his good friends from Tabernacle,
NJ, Thus We Fall (www.myspace.com/thuswefall).
"Analog" will feature several new versions of songs from his "Roads" CD, as well as many
new tunes. This new release, he tells us, is going to render his first CD almost obsolete. However,
it is still available on www.williamsboy.com
until all copies are gone. Reason being is that he doesn't feel his first CD captured the exact
sound that he was looking for. Personally, I feel that "Roads" is a fantastic collection of
acoustic-driven songs that are inspirational as well as reflective. The WILLIAMSBOY's writing
can, at times, cause one to reflect on their own lives and experiences.
Look for the WILLIAMSBOY this month at the Cape May Music Conference, or you may go to his
website or www.myspace.com/williamsboy77
to see a complete list of his upcoming shows.
This Sunday, March 14, Princeton, NJ-area singer/songwriter SHAUN RUYMEN is my guest on ROCK
ON RADIO. This acoustic "pop" artist has a fresh new sound that really rocks.
Turn on at 10pm EST on Sunday nights and ROCK ON!