Billy grew up in a showbiz family and started performing on television as a young child. A white guy, he shocked crowds at the Apollo Theater in Harlem when was the first person to perform on stage with a black woman (Judy Clay, Dionne Warwick’s cousin) as a duet, singing his hit, Storybook Children. Billy has written and sang #1 hits, was a top in-demand voice-over artist in LA later in life… and has spent the last few years keeping the legacy of early black artists alive...
Artists who have recorded Billy Vera songs include Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, Fats Domino, Tom Jones, and Etta James. One of the original blue-eyed soul singers, Billy opens up about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the music business… dealing with his mother’s alcoholism… the peaks and valleys of being in the entertainment industry, and how he survived the valleys… his flaws and how they impacted his career and his personal life… and some GREAT advice not only for musicians, but for anyone making money. This is an incredibly genuine conversation, filled with personal anecdotes and stories you can never hear from anyone else. Well worth your time to listen: