Going back a few years, Billy was the Singer and Songwriter and Rhythm Guitarist in a Band called Friends of Gavin, although they did use many names before settling with that. They played all over the UK as well as Holland and France, supporting the likes of R.E.M., Ian Dury, The Damned, Boomtown Rats among many others, as well as headlining in their own right at long gone places like The Marquee, Dingwalls, as well as many more up and down the country.
He quit music for a few years and then in 1990 teamed up by chance with a guy named Jimmy Brown (no relation) who had a club hit with Free Spirit under the name of Orchestra JB. Initially Jimmy wanted Billy to play Harmonica on a new song. What transpired was, Billy ended up co writing the song as well as doing backing vocals and of course the Harmonica, and the song was released on Rumour Records in 1991 called Come Alive, which was a huge club hit all over Europe, and played on national radio, namely Radio 1. Billy ended up co writing another song on Orchestra JB's album Tambourine Fever released on East West records in the USA, and also playing Harmonica on another track. Come Alive was subsequently featured on many compilation albums, such as Warehouse Raves and Spiritually Ibiza, and underwent many different mixes. It sill gets radio play to this day.
Billy quit music again for quite a few years and decided to pick up his guitar and start writing again and did a few
Open Mics locally in St Albans to try and get back in the frame. However, Billy was pushed by quite a few people
to get his songs out and eventually he went in the studio and recorded them and subsequently many Radio Stations around the world were playing him. More gigs followed and then a live performance on Wolfman Radio for Wolf's 36 Hours to Ska, resulted in Wolf saying to Billy, learn a Ska/Reggae song by the morning and play it live...so he did. He performed Junior Murvins Police & Thieves to a tumultous response that ended up being released as a single for Specialized and from then on Billy's involvement in Specialized has grown significantly, not only bringing Bands and Artists into the fold, but also appearing on Mad Not Cancer with his take on Blue Skinned Beast (to fantastic reviews), a further Double A side single with his versions of Another Girl Another Planet and Guns of Brixton (loved by Peter Perrett of The Only Ones), Combat Cancer album with Armagideon Time, and the One Heart album covering Bob Marley's Guiltiness, along with several Specialized gigs and festivals including
The Big One 3 and 4, as well as gigs across London in his own right.
His album A Long Time Coming released end of November 2016 on Specialized on itunes, Amazon, google play and CD Baby, and CD's are available through ebay as are the T shirts.