Hit Songwriter Bios—Bill Champlin
"[Bill Champlin] is known the world over as the soulful singer/keyboardist of the iconic jazz-pop band Chicago. His featured spots on the hits 'Look Away' and 'Hard Habit to Break' are among his mainstream highlights. But Bill Champlin’s defining work with the Sons of Champlin and as a songwriter put him on the musical map long before he arrived in Chicago. Bill and the Sons were blowing the doors off venues back in the '70s — and they returned to doing the same in the late '90s and into the present." —Greg Rule, Keyboard Magazine
Bill has worked with such luminaries as Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers. In 1978 he released SINGLE, his first solo album. In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing 'After the Love is Gone,' which was a made a hit by Earth, Wind & Fire.
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Bill Champlin made his first appearance at The Expo in Santa Barbara in 2007. His pop-infused soul and insightful music-biz recitations was a BIG HIT with the crowd as well as his fellow hit songwriters onstage.
Bill is also the proud father of up-and-coming "triple threat" Will Champlin, who has appeared at The Expo in the past. Just 23 years old, Will is signed to the Chrysalis Music Group, and being the great songwriter and musician he is, has already had the opportunity to write with many top songwriters including Andreas Carlsson, Michael Caruso, Rivers Rutherford, Brett James, Eric Bazillian, and many others. Watch out for Will Champlin!
Update 12.02.13: Will is a FINALIST ON NBC's THE VOICE!!
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