July 14, 2016 - Sacramento News & Review
"Then, there’s that voice. With fluttery vibrato, Lawler soars in his falsetto range with a sweetness that quiets the chatterings throughout the cafe. He belts with a soulfulness that calls to mind his recent losses. He cartwheels around his range and emphasizes words with sudden embellishments..."
July 9, 2016 - Good Day Sacramento
July 7, 2016 - Sacramento News & Review
"Lawler uses his soulful piano arrangements as a lens to peer into his late teenage years and reminisce about those 'firsts' that leave a mark on all of us: friendship, love, heartbreak, loss and remorse. The result is a collection of lovely ballads celebrating the fleeting moments of young adulthood that are so intense and considerable, they simply must find a way to exist forever."
June 24, 2016 - Mind Equals Blown
"Soulful LA based singer-songwriter Billy Lawler has released his first ever EP to the public. The EP’s tracks focus on the 'common thread of nostalgia' (hence the name Nostalgic), and can easily resonate with those going through personal life transitions."
June 22, 2016 - SoCalMusicToday.com
"Billy Lawler is an up-and-coming artist with a deep and passionate singing style that is 'drawing comparisons to Sam Smith and Stevie Wonder...'”
May 17, 2016 - Music Aficionado by Guitar Center
"...I wouldn’t be surprised if his Sam Smith-esque vocals are overheard at one of these gigs by a label exec and he gets signed to a record deal and placed on tour with one of the very artists he writes as being 'inspirational' to his creative process. Because he’s that good."
March 2, 2016 - Music Connection
Lawler has strong musical characteristics that are reminiscent of Donny Hathaway, Ryan Tedder, John Legend and Sam Smith...He tastefully fuses R&B/soul with contemporary pop and a hint of indie alternative, a task so rarely achieved with ease.
December 27, 2015 - Sacramento News & Review
"If Sam Smith’s success is any indication, Lawler definitely has a shot—with his soulful croon and piano-pop ballads, Lawler would make any Smith fan swoon... R&B influence, sparse instrumentation, emotional falsetto and just plain prettiness."
November 11, 2015 - Tune Up & Jam Podcast
"After hearing Billy, we thought, 'people have to hear this guy.' I also remember how entertaining he was up on stage. Not only were his songs great, but he has this kind of click with the audience too. He has a connection he makes, like a charm and a humor."