I’ll be the first to admit it, folks. I’m biased. Besides having watched Will Champlin develop into an absolute powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician over the past decade, he’s also a close, personal friend. Last night on NBC’s The Voice, it was such a privilege to watch him take Gavin Degraw’s Not Over You and put a refreshing twist on it.
(Oh, you missed it? That’s not a problem. I’ve got you covered!)
You see? It’s not just me. I’m not crazy. Three of the biggest names in the music business turned their chairs for him, and dare I ask how Christina missed something so obvious? My prediction: she will try to steal him later in the competition. It may be a blind audition, but Christina Aguilera is ANYTHING but blind, and certainly not deaf. Not only did they turn their chairs for him, they fought over him! Even though Shelton complimented his outfit in one of the funniest moments of the evening, (“You sing your ass off, that’s probably why you wear suspenders to hold your jeans up”) Champlin gravitated toward Team Adam, who referred to him as a male version of PopWrapped season 4 favorite Michelle Chamuel.
…But that, friends, is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a LOT that you don’t know about Will Champlin. Sure, he’s the son of Bill Champlin from the legendary rock band Chicago. Sure, his mom, Tamara, has written for musical icons like Elton John and sung on platinum records by artists such as Richard Marx and Mr. Mister. But Will Champlin is more than just walking in his parents’ famous footsteps – he is a pop music juggernaut all by himself.
Since graduating from the prestigious Berkley College of Music in Boston, Champlin has been working non-stop – writing and producing fantastic pop records, honing his skills, and touring with legends like Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, and Glen Frey of the Eagles.
Six months ago, a group of friends and I were sitting in Will’s living room, having a mini jam session, when I finally convinced Will to let me hear some of his newest work. Out of the monitors came pure pop magic.
“I’m standin’ on my own, no fear of fallin’. I’ve got the weight of the world tap dancing on a circus wire. …and I ain’t lookin’ down.”
I was hooked, and that song was just the beginning. Pop hits began to pour from the studio monitors, one after another. Everyone in the studio was staring at each other in awe, wondering how we were listening to these songs on studio monitors and not blaring from top 40 radio stations in our cars. Two months later PopWrapped premiered Tap Dancing On A Circus Wire on our Official SoundCloud page, and within 6 days the song had well over a MILLION PLAYS. Everyone from Glee cast members to MTV, VH-1, and a host of platinum-award winning artists, were re-tweeting and sharing the song. Now, four-months later, the song has nearly three million plays and counting. Since appearing on The Voice last night, the song has garnered another nearly 250,000 plays. It seems like EVERYONE is on the Will Champlin train – destination: The Finals. After all, 3 Million people can’t be wrong!
Also, be sure to download Will’s full length performance of “Not Over You” from last night’s episode of The Voice.
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