Produced on March 15, 1975, in La, California, will.i.am is a hit-making solo musician and founding member of the Grammy Award winning group the Black Eyed Peas. The gifted singer has also shone as a songwriter and producer. Not in the music biz, will.i.am dabbles in vogue, playing, technology, business and social activism.
His mom, Debra, raised him alone after his father left the family. Having music as an outlet helped him look beyond his dismal atmosphere. The two joined their cool-hip and breakdancing fashions to form the rap group Atban Klann with several others. They were signed in 1992 to Eazy E’s Ruthless Records label.
In 1995, will.i.am renamed the group the Black Eyed Peas. A couple of years after, they made it to the radio with “Request Line,” a cooperation with Macy Gray. After dealing with Gray, the group recognized a female touch was missing, and vocalist Kim Hill briefly joined the lineup before Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson became a permanent fixture. Her powerful vocals paved the approach to stardom. Their 2003 album, Elephunk, soared thanks to the track “Where’s the Love,” featuring Justin Timberlake. By 2013, the foursome had sold 31 million records worldwide and earned three Grammy Awards.
When not focused on the Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am has created music for other recognized acts, like Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and even his bandmate Fergie, when she struck out by herself. Fergie’s success prompted the producer to follow suit in 2007 with his own record, Songs About Girls.
Musician isn’t the sole professional hat that will.i.am wears. There is playing too, including a costarring role with Hugh Jackman in the 2009 hit X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Will.i.am has also played in the style space, even taking courses in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. He is released several lines like EKOCYCLE, which includes recycled plastic bottles.
This renaissance star is not around only gain but also politics, change and social activism. He created tunes as well as a web site to support Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His progressive music video for the tune “Yes We Can,” featuring snippets from Obama’s addresses, won an Emmy along with a Clio award. Additionally, will.i.am runs his I.Am.Angel Foundation to support instruction.
What is coming up for the ridiculously active will.i.am? In the event the rumors are accurate, another achievement to check off his list is going to be American Idol judge.