Written by Robert Waldman
What’s in a name? You say. Show business names conjure up all sorts of oddities. Take the case of Will i Am. Talent galore bursts forth from this performer whose claim to fame originally was through music. Just one of many talented musicians and singers to “cross” over our Will has clearly made a huge impact on the entertainment scene, both behind and in front of the microphone.
Global audiences now get a chance to see this musical icon up close and personal as one of the main characters in this blockbuster X Men Origins: Wolverine. Despite having few film credits there’s no doubt Will has had a huge impact on the whole sensory experience when one goes to a movie or watches a television program.
Music and sound play vital roles in movies today. Soundtrack collaboration has turned already talented people like the John Williamses and John Barrys of the world into household names. Williams is best remembered for his Star Wars soaring orchestration while few can forget what John Barry did to the comings and goings of a once upon a time spy trendsetter – Sean Connery’s James Bond of course. Now Will I Am has racked up truly enormous soundtrack credits beginning with music for the Warren Beatty dark comedy vehicle Bullworth.
Apart from guesting on dozens of television programs like David Letterman, Jay Leno and the like Will i Am’s musical presence can be felt in a wide range of visual media. On television fans heard his lyrics on such programs as Entourage and CSI while Hollywood enthusiasts sensed his presence in a whole range of diverse films that run the gamut from comedy to serious drama. Titles like Obsessed, Legally Blonde, Epic Movie, White Chicks, Scary Movie, 50 First Dates, Freedom Writes and Shrek the Third are only a small sample of the films Will i Am has scored. Top filmmaker value this gifted 5’9 ½” talents and ability to create just the right song for a film. Who can forget Will Ferrell belting out that infamous My Humps tunes in the riotous Blades of Glory.
Already honoured on the MTV Music video awards as well as a British version this handsome aural artist also has some Canadian connections. For instance, one of the back-up singers for Celine Dion on a South African concert tour was our profiled superstar which just shows how far this Jamaican Born American has come. Other musical phenomenas to have asked and received Will’s help on video work include The Pussycat Dolls, Common and Busta Rhymes. A man on a mission, this young at heart dynamo has a passion for community work and just causes like one of his favourites, Sting. Known to friends affectionately as Mr. Voodoo Thursday and William Adams there’s no telling how far this man, born in March 15, 1975 will go.
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