11.09.2014

BENTON WOOD FEATURED WITH WILLIAM PILGRIM & THE ALL GROWS UP!


Brenton Wood and LA based band William Pilgrim & The All Grows Up collaborated recently and created a fine remake of Wood's 1967 chart topping single "Gimme Little Sign." The duo have also created an inspiring and heartfelt music video with the icon which can be seen here:



William Pilgrim's new album Epic Endings also features collaborations with iconic, 6-time Grammy Award winning group the Blind Boys of Alabama and with groundbreaking lead singer of punk band X, Exene Cervenka. Singer Ish Herring and lead guitarist Philip Romero's distinct late 60's soul and Americana sound is the perfect match for the blues, funk and folk style of the Blind Boys who appear on the bands lead off new single "In the Streets."



Growing up in the unstable and always changing foster care system and then living on the streets of New Orleans, lead singer Ishmael Herring moved to Los Angeles where he spent 5 years homeless, but always stayed connected to music. Throughout his time on the streets, he was able to teach himself how to play a variety of instruments including the guitar, piano, drums and harmonica. It wasn't until Philip Romero, a Southern California based songwriter, producer/musician and filmmaker, answered a Craigslist offering vocal services for hire that the two connected.


Having been helped by various shelters when he was homeless, the band now works with LA Youth Network which strives to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents and teach them how to become self-sufficient by providing emergency shelter, food, and educational programs as well as My Friend's Place. Both Pilgrim and Romero enjoy volunteering in their spare time at the organization's Creative and Living Arts Program, which focuses on a range of creative and life enriching workshops that encourage self-expression and development.

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