Solo artist William Beckett will release his debut full-length album, Genuine & Counterfeit, on August 20 via Upstate NY-based independent label Equal Vision Records.

Beckett recorded the album earlier this year in his hometown of Chicago, IL with producer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo). The new album embraces his expansive vocal range, pop sensibilities, quirky yet soothingly hypnotic melodies and distinctive narrative lyrical twists; Offering his most diverse stylings and personal material to date. Genuine & Counterfeit also features guest vocal appearances from Say Anything’s Max Bemis and Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders.

“This record is nothing less than my greatest musical accomplishment,” Beckett confidently reveals. “And working with Marc McClusky was a no brainer. While we shared the same vision going in to the album, we were also constantly pushing and challenging each other to lift it to the next level.”

An album preview is now available HERE, which gives an inside look at Beckett‘s studio experience. Next week, Beckett will offer an official first listen of a new song on the album, with the release of “Benny & Joon” as a digital single on June 18. Genuine & Counterfeit is available for pre-order now, through Beckett‘s Official Online Merch Store. All pre-orders come with an instant download of “Benny & Joon” for fans who want to hear the song early.

Having toured nearly non-stop for ten years as frontman for The Academy Is…, Beckett has built up an incredibly dedicated and supportive fanbase around the world. Though massively proud of the band’s accomplishments and experiences together, their eventual disbanding as a group in late 2011 allowed for Beckett to begin the next era of his career, as a solo artist. Returning home to his roots and family in Chicago, Beckett began pouring his heart and soul into a trilogy of EPs — Walk The Talk, Winds Will Change, and What Will Be, and the Pioneer Sessions album (a collection of twelve acoustic versions of songs from each of the EPs) — all of which was released in 2012. Beckett’s first single released as a solo artist, “Compromising Me” off of Walk The Talk EP, rocketed to the top of the iTunes charts, cracking the top 20 and leading all independently released tracks. In the following months, the official release of each of the three solo EPs followed suit in a similarly impressive meteoric rise. Genuine & Counterfeit will be his first ever solo full-length album.

As a solo artist, and with The Academy Is…, Beckett has toured with the likes of KISS, Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, Cobra Starship, Plain White T’s, Mayday Parade and more. Just recently, Beckett wrapped up a full US run with Relient K and Hellogoodbye, as well as Slam Dunk Festival dates in the UK with the likes of Andrew McMahon, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil. Next up, Beckett will perform on the entirety of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour this Summer and will then head overseas on an Australian tour with Anberlin and The Maine in the Fall.

All upcoming William Beckett tour dates can be seen below, along with the tracklisting for Genuine & Counterfeit.




Genuine & Counterfeit

1. Pick Up the Phone (feat. Max Bemis)

2. In My Blood

3. Benny & Joon

4. Hanging On a Honeymoon

5. Turn On the Light

6. By Your Side

7. Caught in the Middle

8. One in the Same

9. Cracks in the Ceiling

10. Time for a Sign (feat. Derek Sanders)

11. A Million People


12. Just You Wait [digital deluxe exclusive]

13. I Can’t Make Me Love You [MerchNOW pre-order bundle and digital deluxe exclusive]


w/2013 Vans Warped Tour

Jun 15 Seattle, WA @ White River Ampitheatre

Jun 16 Portland, OR @ Portland Expo Center Parking Lot

Jun 19 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Jun 20 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex

Jun 21 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex

Jun 22 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

Jun 23 Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park

Jun 26 Las Cruces, NM @ N.M.S.U. Practice Field

Jun 27 Phoenix, AZ @ Quail Run Park

Jun 28 Las Vegas, NV @ Silverton Casino Parking Lot

Jun 29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark

Jun 30 Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Jul 03 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center

Jul 05 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Jul 06 Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Jul 07 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Concert Center

Jul 09 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

Jul 10 Washington, D.C. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jul 11 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center

Jul 12 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center

Jul 13 New York, NY @ Nassau Memorial Coliseum

Jul 14 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre

Jul 16 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion

Jul 17 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion

Jul 18 Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center

Jul 19 Detroit, MI @ The Palace Of Auburn Hills

Jul 20 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Jul 21 Minneapolis, MN @ Canterbury Park

Jul 23 Kansas City, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Jul 24 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – St. Louis

Jul 25 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Jul 26 Tampa, FL @ Vinoy Park

Jul 27 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre

Jul 28 Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds

Jul 29 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Jul 30 Cincinatti, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

Jul 31 Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre

Aug 02 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

Aug 03 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

Aug 04 Houston, TX @ Reliant Center Parking Lot



w/Anberlin and The Maine

Sep 04 Brisbane, Australia @ The HiFi (18+)

Sep 05 Gold Coast, Australia @ Coolangatta Hotel (18+)

Sep 06 New Castle, Australia @ Panthers (LIC AA)

Sep 07 Sydney, Australia @ The HiFi (LIC AA)

Sep 08 Melbourne, Australia @ The Palace (18+)

Sep 10 Adelaide, Australia @ The Gov (LIC AA)

Sep 11 Fremantle, Australia @ Metro (18+)