Bill Worrell is an internationally touring guitarist, composer, and songwriter. His recent tour credits include lead guitarist for the Grammy-winning band, “America”.
Musically, Worrell encompasses many styles. His blues band, aptly named the "Bill Worrell Band", provides the listener with blues-infused rock, reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Additionally, he has released two primarily instrumental albums, one self-titled, the other titled "Time to Change". The music runs the gamut from instrumental rock a la Joe Satriani, to country/western swing a la Brent Mason, and includes several vocal pieces as well.
"My instrumental music is some of the earliest material I started writing, because I couldn't sing very well [laughs]. I've always loved intricate music too. As a lad, I wanted to absorb everything I possibly could about music. As soon as I learned a harmonic minor scale, I immediately started writing with it. As soon as I learned about 7/8 and other odd time signatures, I wrote compositions using those. It's just the way I'm wired".
He is currently seeking management and representation.
Born in Pasadena, CA, Bill grew up in the music industry. For much of the 80’s, his father, Jeff Worrell, played lead guitar for Natalie Cole. During the 90’s, Jeff went on to do Front-of-House mixing for artists such as Edgar Winter, Fleetwood Mac, and Pat Benatar. “These people were always around the house”, says Bill. “Mike Botts from Bread gave me my first drum lesson and Neil Giraldo showed me how to play my first barre chord, ‘G’ I think it was”.
Bill eventually went on to touring himself with the classic rock group, America, but not before getting a music education.
Bill won many awards in the high school jazz band, and several scholarships for classical guitar in college, including the esteemed Randy Rhoads scholarship. “When I graduated high school I had been playing a lot of jazz, but was really into rock and progressive rock. But most colleges didn’t offer rock classes, so I went to a more traditional university. First, Glendale Community College, then California State University of Northridge. GCC was very classical focused, and although it was different, I knew I wanted to do music, so that’s what I did”. Bill studied Classical Guitar Performance under several instructors including Michael Kozubek, Steve Thachuk, Ron Borczon, and the late Ron Purcell.
Upon graduating, Bill took a job with "America" as guitar tech. Tuning guitars, and setting the stage, Bill subconsciously absorbed the songs night after night. Eventually, a sub was needed to fill in for then guitarist, Michael Woods. Bill stepped in, and when Woods eventually retired, Bill took over.
During this time, Bill continued to write and record his own music, utilizing the contacts he made while out on the road.
At on point, he did an album with America producer, Fred Mollin. Entitled, The Nashville Sessions, the crowdfunded album featured many top session musicians. These included Shannon Forrest, Kerry Marx, Pat Coil, and Larry Paxton.