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    William was born in Waukegan, Illinois and raised in Southern California. In 2009 William started a percussion instruction podcast that has grown to reach thousands across the globe and released his first solo project “Freedom… Joybeat”, a worship meditation album centered around world percussion. . The Heartbeat for Worship was established in 2007 and since has grown to receive notable press and attention from all over the world including Grammy award winning artists (www.heartbeatforworship.com).  The Heartbeat for Worship DVD was recorded & released in 2010. It is a two hour DVD recorded in high definition and stereo surround sound, featuring seven drummers, violin, guitar, vocals, keys, and intense worship. 

    In October of 2011 William released his latest album “Flor de Vida”, a Latin jazz and fusion project that explores the textures of jazz, world music, rock, and contemporary with percussion leading the charge. Flor de Vida is a spirit and rhythm filled album that combines the strength of Grammy award winning musicians along with several internationally accomplished musicians from all over the world.
    William is releasing is third and latest recording "Sacred Roots" (Raices Sagrado) featuring instrumentalists from across the globe including Dakar, Los Angeles, and more on August 12th, 2014.

    Having spent nearly eight years in the Air Force, he traveled extensively across the globe and developed a love for diverse forms of music. Drawing upon his Latin heritage, and being inspired by such musicians as Sheila E., William began to study the congas and bongos. This later developed into a passion for a number of other cultural styles after receiving the Lord Jesus Christ into his heart. This passion for global cultures, people, and music led him to study African, Middle Eastern, and classical forms of Indian music. William has studied classical tabla (small kettle drums from India) under Nikhil Tikkekar from Mumbai, India. Such knowledge and ability allows him to bridge the gap between God and mankind as it pertains to evangelism. William has ministered through music along side some of the worlds most renown and gifted minstrels. William graduated from Fayetteville State University with a BA in history and a minor in finance. He is currently pursuing an MA in Ethnomusicology from Liberty University.

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