ABOUT Billy lawler
In a culture that has historically worn a reputation that de-emphasizes emotion in men, L.A.-based singer-songwriter Billy Lawler is creating original, heartfelt music that coincides with a new perspective on vulnerability, and the importance of emotional expression in order to create better connections.
“At certain points throughout the creative process, I find myself feeling self-conscious about being too emotional in my writing. I have had that voice in my head that worries about how I’m portraying myself—am I being too exposed, too vulnerable, too weak? I’m trying to turn that voice off. We all identify with these elements of the human experience, and I think it’s time to emphasize authenticity and connection, and to make wearing our hearts on our sleeves a common practice.”
With the release of his upcoming single, “Sorry,” Billy is taking responsibility for the pain caused by ending a relationship, while also trying to understand the process of learning how to love and how that process can affect others.
“On a deeper level, it’s an opportunity to discuss the power of apology. Imagine a world where genuine measures of expressing sorrow and seeking redemption were as common as the stories of pain and conflict that preceded them. If each and every one of these profound opportunities were pursued, what would the tone of so many recent, important social conversations become?”
Recognized for writing profound songs at the piano that combine a throwback soul feel with contemporary crooning vocals, Billy released his debut EP, Nostalgic, in 2016. His live, acoustic sets from esteemed stages including Hotel Café, The Viper Room, and NAMM, have drawn comparisons to acts such as Kevin Garrett, James Blake, and Sam Smith. With an appearance on Good Day Sacramento and a Hollywood Music in Media Award nomination under his belt, he is currently hard at work on his follow-up project, writing new music and sharing stages with other up-and-coming artists.
[Disclaimer: for the sake of authenticity, Billy would like to admit that he wrote this “biography” himself, in the third person, inserting his own first-person quotes so that he could present himself as professionally as possible. Sorry if he let you down.]
Music and Lyrics by: Billy Lawler
Produced by: Catharine Wood, Planetwood Productions Studio, LA
"Casualty" - Official Music Video