William Beckett

William Beckett


2/11/1985, Libertyville, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

William Eugene Beckett Jr.



Also Known As

Bill, Will, CiCi
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The lead singer of The Academy Is, William Eugene Beckett Jr. was born February 11, 1985 in Libertyville, Illinois. After ending his short lived solo project, Remember Maine, William decided to take music more seriously and began searching for someone who shared that passion. He met up with…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • William's nicknames are Will, Bill, Bill-V, and CiCi.

    • William has a special microphone that he uses of concerts it says "Breathe" on it. The microphone died on three occasions during the Sleeping With Giants tour and he finally said good-bye to it on the October 27th, 2007 date of the tour.

    • If Will could have one superhero power, he would choose the ability to fly.

    • William is left-handed.

    • William has appeared in Fall Out Boy's videos for A Little Less 16 Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me' as the leader of the vampire gang "The Dandies." His vampire alias's name was Dr.Sundown. He takes up this role again in FOB's video This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race.

    • William is the primary lyricist and vocalist for the band The Academy Is....

    • William's trademarks include having a bandana tied around his left knee, performing barefoot, his W belt buckle, and his clefted chin.

    • William wrote a novella in high school entitled Bill's Ghost Stories.

    • Will loves Lord of the Rings, but hates Harry Potter.

    • William's favorite movie is Jurassic Park.

    • William plays tambourine, sings, and plays guitar in his band The Academy is..., but his skills are not limited to those instruments. He can also play drums.

    • William was on TRL with fellow The Academy Is.. member Mike Carden. They were interviewed by guest host Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy.

    • William Beckett helped produce the song Mandy by The Jonas Brothers.

    • William Beckett's name makes a cameo in the Fall Out Boy video Thnks fr th Mmrs on the caller ID of Pete Wentz's phone it says CiCi which is one of Will's nicknames. The same scene is in The Academy Is...'s video We've Got a Big Mess On Our Hands because video Will called Pete to tell him that his life is being taken over by a dopelganger.

    • On several occasions William has been caught kissing Travis McCoy on the cheek.

    • William is a supporter of the baseball team the White Sox.

    • William has a cleft in his chin.

    • William's height is 6'3".

    • William does back up vocals on the songs Snakes On A Plane (Bring It) by Cobra Starship, 7 Weeks by Gym Class Heroes, There's A Class For This by Cute Is What We Aim For, and Sophomore Slump Or Comeback Of The Year by Fall Out Boy.

  • Quotes

    • William: When I was younger, there were bands that changed my life. When we see our fans and they have homemade shirts on and lyrics written all over them, I feel like the cycle is complete.

    • William: (on why he loves touring with Fall Out Boy) We get to play music in front of a lot of people – our fans and people who haven't seen or heard us before. It's a big opportunity to show them what we're all about. It's a special thing, seeing the effect you have on young people. Music was so important to me when I was young – I'm not old, I'm 22. Pete (Wentz) is a grandpa compared to me… and you can print that! I love Pete though… he's my boy.

    • William: (about girls) I was always kind of shy. This one girl who I thought I fell in love with (my freshman year) I wrote her a letter and it had the lyrics to The Rain Song by Led Zepplin, I wrote all the lyrics down and said, "This is a song that remind me of you." I put it in her locker and then I never, ever heard from her again. She avoided me completely. I was absolutely heartbroken. It pretty much put me into an entire high school funk, but that's ok I just started writing music.

    • William: (about his high school situation) My family moved around a lot, so I went to a few different schools. I was always having to adapt to new people, new kids, and new friends or what ever the hell was going on, but when some kids started getting into smoking and stealing beer from their parents, I stopped hanging out with those kids because I didn't feel comfortable. I was raised very well! I started hanging out with people who had stuff in common with me as opposed to who was popular. When I was 14, I was really into baseball, I played and took it really, really seriously.

    • William: For the most part I always found ways around the fact that I wasn't 21. There are always ways to get into bars and clubs, because in most instances, somebody or somebody's manager is bound to know the owner. But I resorted to the barter system: I traded my friend Tim Arnold, drummer in Days Away, a Polaroid camera and 80$ for his ID, which worked without fail, I lost it a month before I turned 21.

    • William: ...there are some songs that are closer to me personally, struck a chord with me like Down and Out for instance. The Phrase That Pays says a lot of things that I was really proud of saying, that I needed to say, things that I was thinking about a lot. Songs like Black Mamba, Almost Here, most of what I'm saying on the record and the message of what we're saying, in its entirety, I'm extremely proud of and it's everything that I needed to say at that point.

    • William: (When asked what the weirdest thing he's ever signed was) Foreheads and stuff are kind of weird; That creeps me out when they ask for that. I don't sign boobs, I just - I'll paint boobs though. A high school bathroom pass, drivers license, a ten dollar bill; I'm like, just buy one of our cds or shirts instead.

    • William: (When asked what his favorite bands are) Oh man, that's so hard; I'll just tell you a few of the bands I love. Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are probably the two stables of why I even started listening to music. I was really into Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam but now I still find myself listening to the bands that I've always loved and the bands that have always had such a big impact on me and at the same time had a big impact on the world. Bands like U2, Simon and Garfunkel; I'm also a sucker for pop. I love Don Henley, Third Eye Blind. I also enjoy bands like Radiohead, Muse - that's a really cool contemporary band that I like a lot. Sort of more in that classic rock thing.

    • William: (When asked 'So you basically write songs so everybody can interpret or imply themselves?') That's what I think good art is, you can interpret it in many different ways, regardless of what my intentions were. That's what is beautiful about it.

    • William:(The 'answer' to the question of how William keeps himself so skinny.)Well the answer to this age-old question is believe it or not quite simple. To begin with, I only dine during the days between the bimonthly crescent moons. Except of course, during the month of October, in which I bleed myself dry of the witching season's demons. But we all know these methods, as made famous by the lovely Lindsay Lohan. The key to my flawless form however, is in my sleeping method. Every night, I sleep hanging upside down alongside six fruit bats-four on my right side two on my left side. (Left is my dominant hand, so I don't need as much energy on that side from the guardians of the night.) Just follow those easy steps, add a well-balanced diet and exercise, and ou too, can have a bod like me.

  • He's the singer of an amazing band that hardly any people know about.

    William Beckett's vocals are magnificent.

    Both on the albums, and live, he sounds great.

    He has a stage presence unlike anyone I've ever seen. He has written some wonderful lyrics that have helped me personally through a lot. The Academy Is... is one of my favorite bands, and they're not as recognized as they deserve to be. From the rhthyms to the words, they've seem to have mastered what they do. Especially William, with his honest, straight forward lyrics that reach out to so many people. It doesn't get much better than that. Altogether, William is musical perfection squeezed into the tightest pair of pants possible.moreless
  • William Beckett - the front man of rock band The Academy Is...

    Name: William Eugene Beckett Jr.

    Birthday: 11th of February, in 1985

    Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois, USA

    Bands: The Academy Is..., Remember Maine

    Nick-Names: Bill, Will

    Random Facts:

    He has a sister named Courtney.

    Has provided vocals on many songs including:

    Cobra Starship's "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)

    Cute Is What We Aim For's "There's a Class for This"

    Fall Out Boy's "Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year" Gym Class Heroes' "7 Weeks"

    He made a cameo appearance in Fall Out Boy's video for "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me'" He is Amazing! Not to mention beautiful =]

    He is bands myspace is www.myspace.com/theacademyis

    Be Sure to check them out !moreless