William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons

Genre

Singer/Songwriter

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.

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 newest album, “The Sparrow And The Crow,” is his first studio recorded work.

Featured Songs

Song Title Val's Playlist Genre Tempo Length Hear Song
I Kissed a Girl 3:12 Hear Song
If You Would Come Back Home 3:33 Hear Song
If You Would Come Back Home Alternative Slow 3:51 Hear Song
The Tide Pulls from the Moon Three Oldest Singer/Songwriter 3:39 Hear Song

Featured Albums

Gold In the Shadow (Bonus Version)

Gold In the Shadow (Bonus Version)

  • Genre: Singer/Songwriter
  • Similar Vibe: similar vibe: Cat Stevens meets Sufjan Stevens
  • Valslist Favorite Tracks: entire album
  • Release Date: 3.22.11