William Fitzsimmons

Biography

William Fitzsimmons is one of the oddest people you will ever meet. Born the youngest child of two blind parents, William was raised in the outskirts of the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Due to the family's inability to communicate through normal visual means, William's childhood home was filled with a myriad of sounds to replace what eyes could not see. The house was suffused with pianos, guitars, trombones, talking birds, classical records, family sing-a-longs, bedtime stories, and the bellowing of a pipe organ, which his father built into the house with his own hands. When his father's orchestral records were not resonating through the walls, his mother would educate him on the folk stylings of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel. By the completion of his youth and schooling, Fitzsimmons had become well-versed at a variety of instruments, at the minor expense of social standing, interactional
skills, and a knowledge of proper shaving technique.

Fitzsimmons' path into music was likewise unusual, forsaking the hobby for many years to work with the mentally ill and pursue an education in the field of mental health. It was during his last semester of graduate school that William pooled monies from past birthday's, holidays, and snow shoveling outings, and bought cheap home recording equipment to begin creating songs again (the first collection of which eventually became his debut album). After finally achieving his goal of becoming a practicing therapist, William left, and returned again to his love of crafting and playing songs. He felt that is where he most belonged. Somewhere between a singing therapist, and a counselor who writes songs, is where Fitzsimmons endeavors to be. Using songs to address matters that he believes need to be addressed.

William draws from those early folks stylings of his mother's music, and the embellished instrumentation of his father's. He is often compared to contemporaries Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and the late Elliott Smith, not only for his unique style and skill in writing and proclivity to deal with substantive and evocative subject matter, but also for his use of organic and colorful melodies and arrangements. His first two records were completely self-produced and his new album, "The Sparrow And The Crow," produced by Marshall Altman at Galt Line Studios in Los Angeles, is his first studio recorded work. While his lyricism deals often with darker undertones (his most recent album is said to have been written following his own divorce), a measure of hopefulness is always carefully blended in. Even with his short tenure as a songwriter, William has already received mention in noted publications such as Billboard, Paste Magazine, and Performing Songwriter Magazine, and his music has been featured on several television programs such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Army Wives."

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William Fitzsimmons Announces New Album 'Lions' Out February 18th 2014

16th January 2014 -

 Press

In November, Fitzsimmons released an acoustic video for "Centralia" off the album and gave listeners a sneak peek of what to expect from Lions, his follow-up LP to 2011's Gold In The Shadow. American Songwriter...

William Fitzsimmons Beautiful Girl

18th May 2011 -

 Video

William Fitzsimmons - Gold In The Shadow

28th March 2011 -

 Review

It seems after five years of working quietly in the background, William Fitzsimmons may no longer be the shrinking violet of folk as his new album suggests in its confident glean of hope and healing....

William Fitzsimmons - The Tide Pulls From The Moon

23rd February 2011 -

 Video

William Fitzsimmons new single 'The Tide Pulls From The Moon' is released on February 28th 2011 through Nettwork Records. The Pennsylvanian singer songwriter is also set to release his fourth album proper 'Gold In The...

William Fitzsimmons - Derivatives

25th May 2010 -

 Review

William Fitzsimons is a strange musical concept, and his music remains just as odd. You may have heard him on TV shows such as Greys Anatomy and Brother and Sisters, he is undeniably an American...

William Fitzsimmons - The Sparrow And The Crow

8th January 2010 -

 Review

Review of William Fitzsimmons album The Sparrow And The CrowOn the overcrowded stage of acoustic singer-songwriters, it's standing out from the crowd which is half the battle. This isn't a problem for William Fitzsimmons, whose...

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William Fitzsimmons, Interview

25th November 2009

Interview with William FitzsimmonsWilliam Fitzsimmons is not your standard musician and his path to success...

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