What does winning the 2019 Texas Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?
Man, winning this competition was an absolute rollercoaster. I was in the 2018 Missouri Dream Night, and Ms. Wendy Kay will back me up on this, but I was horrible. I had the passion, but that is just about it. The judges suggested a few things and my entire approach to music changed. Now, being an avid member of the theatre community, it was amazing to get to perform songs that come from musicals and actors in them.
What inspired you to become a musician?
My dad was always playing guitar when I was young, so that sparked my interest. As I got older, I became more of a performer and my love for being on a stage made me want to be a musician.
What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?
My biggest surprise has been falling in love with musical theatre. Just about a year and a half ago, I was in my first play and quickly fell in love.
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
The most challenging part of my music career has been balancing life, school, and music. I always have ideas and want to get them down, and I always want to be performing or playing music, so balancing that and social life and school as well as my Christian faith.
What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
Oh my. My writing process is insane. I will start sometimes with a riff, a bass line, or just a melody in my head, or a lyric I want to build a song around, or sometimes I will just start writing and it turns into a song. A lot of my lyrics are semi-autobiographical with lyrics drawn from my life experiences.
Tell us about your most memorable performances.
My most memorable performances include playing at the 2018 You Matter Festival (which I will be returning to this year!) and that was just an amazing experience. Getting to share my music and my story through a positive environment specifically for helping raise awareness for mental health issues was just incredible. My other one on the list has to be Dream Night Talent Search Texas. It was so amazing to get to be surrounded by such talented individuals and to have the chance to gain knowledge from some of the biggest industry professionals was so surreal. Another memorable performance of mine was playing Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music. I am the youngest child, so I haven’t spent a lot of time with younger kids, but all of the sudden I had 13 of them! It was such an incredible time and almost all of them call me “dad” to this day.
Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?
One of my favourite performances was with Addie Sartino and the Greeting Committee and the You Matter Festival last year, and that was a super cool show.
Anything else you want to share?
My ultimate goal as of now is to make it to Broadway. Not only am I an actor, but I write and have written a musical that will soon be finished, so that is the goal!
You can check out Will at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/willgurley.