2011 & 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards nominee for “Jazz Artist of The Year”
2011 & 2012 Los Angeles Music Award Winner For “National Touring Artist of the Year ”
2011 Nominee – Jazz Artist of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
2011 Producers Choice Award – National Touring Artist of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
2012 Nominee – Jazz Artist of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
SureWill’s thirty year music background began with his playing in church in Buffalo, NY. Influenced by George “Chief” Davis, amazed by his skills of putting a bunch of keys together and the flavor it gave out, Will knew that was where he wanted to focus his talents. He picked up “B” flat clarinet in third grade. Two years later he was playing, reading and writing on the Alto Saxophone.
In church and to avoid the wrath of “Granny” and stay awake during the notorious lengthy Church of God in Christ services he started playing Drums. By eleventh grade he was playing every instrument and his music teacher kicked him out of class saying he wouldn’t amount to anything because he wouldn’t focus on one. That was the beginning of “ToldUSo” Productions for all the people who said he couldn’t do it.
Will has had the pleasure of working on projects and performing with Grammy Award winning artists: Al Jarreau, George Duke, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, and New Edition. He has also performed with many hard working artists in the industry such as NeYo and Sade. Will has worked hard in the industry and has gained the respect of many peers and A-List artists. He has performed live in some great venues and events such as The Long Beach Jazz Festival (2006 & 2007). NeYo and Faith Evans World Tour (2005-2006), JVC Jazz Festival (2005), Newport Jazz Festival (2005). He has also performed for the following shows and televised awards: Grammy’s (2005), American Music Awards (2003- 2005), BET Awards (2003-2005), Country Music Awards (2004). Most recently he wrote and performed the score to the December (2010) play The Haunting Secret.
His writing and producing skills have taken him to an area where he wants all those who have the “ToldUSo” mentality to realize their dream. SureWill is now stepping out of the shadows and will continue to reach the world through his gift of music artistry.
2012 SureWill was a Los Angeles Music Award Winner for Jazz Duet of the Year, with Joel Del Rosario.
His first single – My Hero “Uncle Jim”, from his last CD was met with rave reviews when it was released in November 2012. The single was number 15 on the smooth jazz charts for 10 weeks in 2012.
2011 Los Angeles Music Award Winner For National Touring Artist of the Year
2011 Los Angeles Music Awards nominee for “Jazz Artist of The Year”
SureWill is no stranger to the music world, dating back over 30 years. His credits include working with some of the greats: Al Jarreau, George Duke, Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson. He has also performed with New Edition, NeYo and Sade.