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Born in New Orleans, Billy Shirer grew up with the rhythms and sounds of the city's unique music culture. Influenced by the rock of the 60s, 70s , & 80s especially progressive/ psychedelic rock of British bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson (to name a few). He also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and was influenced by the International & Fusion music there.
In his original songs, he combines these various styles of music creating a unique sound which defies categorization. He also incorporates his unique style in interpreting songs by others as the singer and guitarist for the cover band 'SideEffect".