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In 2009, Billy Lord lost job, home, and life savings, a victim of The Great Recession, when more than 5 million Americans lost their jobs.
While homeless and working odd jobs in New York City, Billy dusted off his last material possession, an old Washburn acoustic guitar that had been sitting in its case for nearly a dozen years, and taught himself to play.
Lord completed his first full length album with acclaimed producer and musician, Lu Rubino, in 2012.
Since it's release, the album had received favorable reviews, including one reviewer who called American Music "one of the best albums if 2012." Billy's single Fighting Back was named Best Rock Song of 2012 on Twitter (@YouTubeRisingStar). Billy was also selected to open for Uncle Kracker on the west coast. Billy's music has played on radio stations across the country and he was a featured artist on New York's rock station Z100.
The world premiere of Billy's first video for On a Summer Night aired on New Year's Day 2013, and earned him an EOTM Awards nomination for Best Male Video and a live performance on the show.
Billy has also been granted his own Pandora station.
While American Music was critical success, Billy remained homeless, but dedictaed himself to music. In early 2013, Billy straddled his Harley, with his guitar strapped to his back on a cross country journey on a quest to find the songs for his next album.
Nearly 6 months and 12,000 miles later, after traveling coast to coast and playing over 50 gigs in music meccas like Austin, Nashvile, Memphis, and New Orleans, Billy dropped his kickstand in St Augustine, Florida to record the songs he wrote on his journey, again with his collaborator, prducer, and friend Lu Rubino.
National Anthem, Billy's second album, featuring two duets with Carly Jo Jackson ( who you may remember from America's Got Talent) is drawing major industry buzz, and early live shows have been selling out venues.
The single, Steal the Evening Sky with Carly Jo Jackson, and video are set to release in early 2015. Look for Billy's tour to hit your hometown soon...