Available as : Solo, duo, 4 piece band, 5 piece band.
Fee: Depending on set requirements and duration
Set length: Any duration up to 2 hours.
Style: Alt-Country, Pop, Rock, Indie, Country, Americana
Sounds like: Squeeze, Ryan Adams, Robbie Williams, Ian McNabb, Icicle Works, Pele, Amsterdam, The Eagles
Comments: Can do an original set, a cover set or a combination.
Will Kevans is a UK-based singer-songwriter and master of the catchy pop tune and lyric. His unique Nashville-influenced brand of hooky songs have given this performer quite a reputation on the live circuit, where he’s a regular at venues such as The Water Rats, The Borderline and The Fly. He was described by one critic as being ‘Ian McNabb meets Squeeze’.
In 2010, Will played a very successful showcase at CMJ and signed a US Album deal with Wildflower Records. The label belongs to the seminal American folk artist of the 60s and 70s, Judy Collins, and Will opened for her on her world tour.
Will is signed to a publishing deal with Eaton Music, home of classic writers like Jimmy Webb and ELO’s Louis Clarke. These classic 1970s Americana influences sit very well alongside Will’s own songwriting, for which he has won several awards. He made it to the semi-finals of the 2005 International Song Competition (ISC) with ‘Out There’ (which also won the Song of the Year competition) and he won the competition a few years later with ‘Dialling Tone’. He was subsequently chosen to represent the ISC in the USA. Will’s song ‘London Fields’ made it to the finals in BBC London’s 2012 Olympic Anthem Competition and received numerous plays on The Robert Elms Show.
In 2010 Will released his debut album, ‘Everything You Do’. He worked on it with producers Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers), Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, Ryan Adams, The Twang), Andy Hughes (The Orb), Tom McKay and Mark Plati (David Bowie, Tina Turner). The album features slide guitar legend Al Perkins (who has performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris). Guest vocals come from former Beautiful South songstress Alison Wheeler and further guitar excellence is supplied by ex Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarist Elliot Randall, whose guitar solo on ‘Reelin’ in the Years’ has entered the annuls of rock history.
Will’s single ‘Sand’ was play-listed on BBC Radio 2 for 8 weeks. Will received rotational play on US college radio, going straight to #17 on VIC top 30 and in at #6 on KASB's top 30. ‘Dialling Tone’ has now received play on over 80 US College stations. ‘Sand’ also went to number 2 in the German mp3 charts Netzparade and he has also been the featured artist of the month on both the Hit Quarters and Sonicbids websites. ‘Dialling Tone’ went on to be featured on a compilation album released by Universal alongside artists such as James Morrison, the Goo Goo Dolls and Keane. Will’s video for the song stars Being Human’s Russell Tovey.
In October 2011, Will undertook a two-week tour of New York and its surrounding areas, including a CMJ Showcase, where he was described as a “British raconteur who fashions crafty acoustic pop and sing along anthems”. As well as playing at North by North East music conference in Toronto, where he was voted ‘Best Act of the Festival’, Will has also performed numerous showcases at Popkomm in Berlin, Canadian Music Week, South by South West, Brighton’s Great Escape Festival and at last year’s North By North-East music conference. Whilst there, he played as support to Ron Sexsmith. He has also supported Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, The Beautiful South, Seasick Steve, Paulo Nuttini and The Holloways. Will’s no stranger to radio either. He has played live on BBC Wales, BBC Radio West Midlands, Steve Lamacq’s Radio 2 show, and the Gary Crowley show on BBC 6.
Having worked as a cartoonist on legendary strips such as Billy No Mates for Zit Comic, Will recently completed a graphic novel about his experiences in the Falklands War. His song ‘Believe’ is also inspired by these experiences.
Will lives with his wife, the artist Annie Kevans, and their daughter in the East End of London.
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Here’s what the critics say about Will:
Q Mag “The country flavoured singer-songwriterpop of London's Will Kevans can be both delightful & sincere, particularlyDialling Tone, which won the International Songwriting Competition."
Sunday Times (Olivia Cole) “Catchy debut single”
Guitar Techniques "This album is full of commercialism, contrasts & musical excellence."
Guitarist "Slickly produced UK singer-songwriter has a great voice & polished pop rock writing."
Blues Matters ”With the right exposure this should do very nicely for Will. Yes I liked this musical diversion a lot.”
MOJO Magazine “Messing About At the Weekend’ is a classy calling card. The bluesy guitar and adventurous use of a string quartet marks it out”
TIME OUT London: “Promising up and coming songsmith/performer, Kevans purveys his stylish and accomplished rootsy, pop influenced rock. His is a sensitive and mature talent”
Birmingham 101 Lifestyle Mag "If you still like the idea of Robbie Williams but wonder where he lost the song plot, then London singer-songwriter Kevans may well be the answer to your prayers. This album deserves to put Kevans firmly on the path to success."
Classic Rock Society ”This album oozes charm, has class written all over it and is one of the best albums I’ve heard all year.”
BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright, Simon Mayo, Janice Long, Alex Lester, Richard Allinson "This is the new song from Will Kevans and we like this."