The entrancing and ruggedly individualistic William Ben Brooks was born and raised in southern Oklahoma between the cool shade of the Arbuckle Mountains and the endless turns of the promiscuous Red River.
His clever and engaging lyrics are deeply entwined with his slightly folk flavored rock which always spin a fine cinematic narrative. His beautifully embroidered songs of love, loss and questionable redemption are earthy and etherial, strong and sensitive. He is a child of the sixties, a storyteller, a gardener of tales, immersed in music with message and story. The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens were his constant companions. He speaks through their shared voice in lyric and sound. Voices of change, harmony, and the occasional accent of humor and mysticism.
His sultry vocals are strong enough to convey every emotion which thread through his music.
Kimberlye Gold of THE SAN FRANCISO HERALD writes "Music like this doesn't come around too often. There is a majestic quality to it, particularly his vocals, but his use of organic instruments, like Hammond B3 organ, mandolin and harmonica keep the overall feel grounded and unpretentious. Lyrically he reaches down deep, serious at times, pontificating about the world and his place in it, at times bitter and others hopeful about loss, love and the grand scheme of things, but he's still trying to have some fun”.
His music has been heard on "The Late Show" with David Letterman and CBS's primetime comedy "How I met your mother", the international release of Adam Carolla's "The Hammer", Good Day New York and VH1.
His film music credits include "The Dinner Party", "Out of the Garden" and "Underground New York."
He has also appeared on several daytime dramas, including Another World, One Life to Live, Search for Tomorrow and numerous times on the Gordon Elliot Show.
William has been honored as a New Folk Finalist at America's most respected folk music festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival. He is also a recipient of the Meet the Composer Grant from New York State Council on the Arts. Under the banner of collaborator, his works have been performed at The Songwriter's Hall of Fame, Songwriter's Guild of America Pro Shop and the prestigious New York Songwriter’s circle.