Willis Earl Beal
Willis Earl Beal was born in Chicago, Illinois. In his early twenties he joined the US Army, moving to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Beal was medically discharged from the army due to intestinal problems. He then returned to Chicago where he worked at Sears Tower, following a five month hospital stay. In 2007, Beal moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here Beal spent some time homeless, and working entry-level jobs, notably as a night-shift security guard. During this time Beal began to record music, leaving CD-Rs in public spaces around Albuquerque.
In 2012, Beal signed a recording contract with Hot Charity, an imprint of independent record label, XL Recordings. Beal's first single for the labels, "Evening's Kiss" was released on February 17, 2012 and the accompanying music video was illustrated by Beal. Beal's debut album, entitled Acousmatic Sorcery was released on April 2, 2012.
His second album is titled "Nobody knows" and was released on September 10th, 2013.
In 2013 Willis Earl Beal toured with a full live band using the title, "The Church of Nobody".
In his own words, he describes 'Nobody knows.' and the rest of his music as "filled with an individualistic set of emotions that can be universally applied and understood".