Will.i.am

Will.i.am Biography, Age, Family, Height, Net worth, Career, Wife, Songs, Early life, Movies And Tv Show, Personal Life And Quotes

Will.i.am Biography

will.i.am (full name: William James Adams Jr.  ), known professionally as will.i.am (pronounced “Will I am”), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, record producer, voice actor, and philanthropist, best known as founding and lead member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas.

Will.i.am

As a solo artist, will.i.am has released four solo albums, beginning with Lost Change, released in 2001 through Atlantic Records. His second solo outing, Must B 21, was released on September 23, 2003. The track “Go!” was regularly used as the theme for the NBA Live 2005 and Madden NFL 2005 seasons. The third album, Songs About Girls, was released on September 25, 2007. He released his fourth studio album, #willpower, in 2013.

As a music producer, will.i.am has produced with other artists including Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Kesha, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, David Guetta, U2, Rihanna, Cheryl, Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake, A. R. Rahman, Nicki Minaj, 2NE1, and Baby Kaely. In collaborations and with the Black Eyed Peas, he has a total of 41 top-40 entries on the UK Singles Chart since 1998 and has sold 9.4 million singles in the UK.

Will.i.am Age

William James Adams, Jr. was born on March 15, 1975, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

How old is will.i.am and what’s his net worth?

Born March 15, 1975, William James Adams Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California, and became friends with future Black Eyed Peas member apl.de.ap while still at school.

Ahead of finding fame as a musician, Will harbored an ambition to become a fashion designer and attended the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

The 44-year-old has also revealed to The Sun that his years of working in the music industry have left him with tinnitus but he has also earned As of 2019, Will I Am’s net worth is $75 Million dollars.  

In May 2018, Will gained many plaudits for admitting on Good Morning Britain that Kanye West’s slave outburst had “broke his heart”.

Will.i.am Family

William James Adams, Jr. family consist of three peoples: Carl Gilliam Brother, Debra Adams Mother and William Adams Father

Will.i.am Height

He has a height of 5ft 9 (175.3 cm) tall

Will.i.am Early life

William James Adams Jr. was born in Eastside Los Angeles and was raised in the Estrada Courts housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, where he and his family were among the few African Americans living in a predominantly Hispanic community. Adams has never met his father, William Adams Sr. He was raised by his mother, Debra (née Cain), who encouraged him to be unique and to avoid conforming to the tendencies of the other youths in his neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles. To encourage his musical career, she sent him to public schools in affluent West Los Angeles.

While attending John Marshall High School, he became best friends with Allan Pineda (stage name apl.de.ap), who was also a future member of The Black Eyed Peas. While still in high school, Adams and Pineda performed in East L.A. clubs and were soon joined by three other entertainers to form the socially conscious rap group, Atban Klann. Atban Klann caught the eye of Compton rapper Eazy-E and was signed to his label, Ruthless Records in 1992.

Adams used to attend raves while in high school. He later said his history with rave culture is why he chose a more electro sound for The Black Eyed Peas’ albums The E.N.D. and The Beginning. Despite the use of electro and house music elements, will.i.am prefers to separate the underground from pop. In an article with the Los Angeles Times, he mentions that secrecy over the whereabouts of raves is what made raving special, and different from the mainstream.

Does Will have a wife?

Will isn’t married – he is currently single but he was previously dating Celebrity Big Brother star Casey Batchelor in 2014.

In the past, he has also been linked to Torn hitmaker Natalie Imbruglia.

Will, whose love life has always remained a bit of an enigma, did reveal he dated an ex for eight years and that they inspired the Black Eyed Peas track Don’t Lie.

The future family man exclusively told The Sun in April 2017, that in the future: “I wanna live and I want to be able to do whatever and make sure my kids’ kids don’t have anything to worry about.”

Although there have been rumors that Will.i.am has a secret daughter, The Voice coach doesn’t have any children, however, he has hinted that he may one day adopt.

Will.i.am Personal life

According to an interview with the British tabloid The Sun, will.i.am says he suffers from tinnitus, a disorder common among musicians who have been exposed to loud music for prolonged periods. In April 2013, he stated that he has ADHD.

As the nephew of former NFL player Lynn Cain, who played for the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams, he spent a large part of his life looking up to his uncle as a role model.

On June 22, 2009, gossip blogger Perez Hilton accused will.i.am and his entourage of assaulting him in Toronto after the MuchMusic Video Awards, a charge will.i.am denied in a video posted on his blog. No further action was taken.

He is also a fan of Bayern München, a German football team, as he visited the Allianz Arena in Munich to watch one of their matches. He was also featured in one of Bayern’s videos on their YouTube channel.

Will.i.am Career

William began his musical career by forming the group ‘Black Eyed Pods’ and later in 1997 to ‘Black Eyed Peas’. The pop group later got signed by Interscope Records and they released their debut album ‘Behind the Front’ in 1998.

The Peas next album was ‘Elephunk’ in 2003 with hit tracks like ‘Boom Boom Pow’, ‘Let’sGet It Started’ and ‘I Gotta Feeling’. The first track titled ‘Where Is The Love’ with Justin Timberlake, released in 2002, got 8th position on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the highest selling single in the UK the same year.

The next released album ‘Monkey Business’ got three times Platinum certification by the RIAA and has sold over 100 million copies.

will.i.am Songs

  • Scream & Shout
    willpower · 2013
  • It’s My Birthday
    2014
  • #thatPOWER
    willpower · 2013
  • This Is Love
    willpower · 2013
  • Feelin’ Myself
    willpower · 2013
  • Big and Chunky
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Music From The Motion Picture) · 2008
  • I Got It From My Mama
    Songs About Girls · 2007
  • Yes We Can
    2008
  • Check It Out – Main
    Pink Friday · 2010
  • T.H.E
    2011
  • Heartbreaker
    Songs About Girls · 2007
  • Bang Bang
    willpower · 2013
  • Great Times Are Coming
    willpower · 2013
  • Reach for the Stars
    willpower · 2013
  • It’s a New Day
    2008
  • Fall Down
    willpower · 2013
  • FIYAH
    2017
  • One More Chance
    Songs About Girls · 2007
  • I Like to Move It
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Music From The Motion Picture) · 2008
  • America’s Song
    2009
  • Hot Wings
    Rio: Music from the Motion Picture · 2011
  • Boys & Girls
    2016
  • Smile Mona Lisa
    willpower · 2013
  • American Boy
  • Real in Rio
    Rio: Music from the Motion Picture · 2011
  • Geekin’
    willpower · 2013
  • The Traveling Song
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Music From The Motion Picture) · 2008
  • OMG
  • Ghetto Ghetto
    willpower · 2013
  • Funky Bahia
    Encanto · 2008
  • The World Is Crazy
    willpower · 2013
  • Drop it Low

What are The Black Eyed Peas star’s hit songs?

In addition to being a lead member of The Black Eyed Peas, Will’s successful solo career has earned him a collaborative 10 UK number ones and a whopping 26 top ten singles.

Black-Eyed-Peas Photo

His hit songs include:

  • Where Is The Love (2003) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
  • Shut Up (2003) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
  • Pump It (2006) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
  • Boom Boom Pow (2009) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
  • I Gotta Feeling (2009) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
  • Meet Me Halfway (2009) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
  • OMG w/ Usher (2010)
  • The Time (Dirty Bit) (2010) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
  • This Is Love w/ Eva Simons (2012)
  • Hall of Fame w/ The Script (2012)
  • Scream & Shout w/ Britney Spears (2012)
  • It’s My Birthday w/ Cody Wise (2014)

will.i.am: The Brand

Willi.i.am has expanded his career into acting, appearing in the 2009 blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine as the character John Wraith. He has also been featured on American Idol and The X Factor and has served as a coach on The Voice UK and The Voice Australia. He has also taken classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and has released several lines, including a collaboration with Coca-Cola, Ekocycle, which incorporates recycled plastic bottles into new products including garments, bikes, and luggage. He is a shareholder in Beats Electronics, after a personal invitation from Dr. Dre to invest, a director of creative innovation at Intel, and has put out his own line of camera accessories. He recently established a hi-tech laboratory in Hollywood, telling The Sunday Times Magazine: “Now I’m making devices. Tech can do so much more than music. Tech is the new rock’n’roll.” He has been developing products that reportedly include rucksacks with built-in speakers, smart spectacles and a smartwatch collaboration with Gucci. However, reaction to his first few releases – the i.am+ accessories to bolster the iPhone camera and the Puls smartwatch — have been overwhelmingly negative. TechRadar lauded will.i.am for embracing tech, but concluded: “Sorry Puls, there’s plenty to dislike here. The design, display, lack of apps, battery life, worst texting experience ever… I think that’ll do.”

will.i.am Movies And Tv Show

Film

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2014

Rio 2

Pedro

Voice

2011

Rio

Pedro

Voice

2010

Date Night

Himself

Cameo

Bouncing Cats

Himself

2009

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard

Snow

Voice

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

John Wraith

2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Moto Moto

Voice

Television

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2017–present

The Voice Kids UK

Himself

Coach or “judge” and mentor for artists, Seasons 1 onwards

Planet of the Apps

Himself

Mentor

2014

The Voice Australia

Himself

Coach or “judge” and mentor for artists, Season 3

2013

Madly Madagascar

Moto Moto

TV Movie

2012–present

The Voice UK

Himself

Coach or “judge” and mentor for artists, Seasons 1 onwards

The Cleveland Show

Bernard

Voice

2012 Television Rack Awards

Host

First Time Hosting, 9th Time Performing

American Idol

Himself

Top 12 guest mentor

Top Gear

Himself

Celebrity guest

2007

Cane

Himself

Episode: “A New Legacy”

2005

Joan of Arcadia

Three Card Monte Guy God

Episode: “Independence Day”

2001–2004, 2017

Samurai Jack

Theme song singer

Activism, Accolades, and Art

Will.i.am has also embraced the worlds of politics and social activism. He created songs and a website to support Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His innovative music video for the song “Yes We Can,” which spliced together snippets from Obama’s speeches, won an Emmy and a Clio award. He also has his own foundation, I.Am.Angel, to support education; one of its initiatives, I.Am.Steam (Steam stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), exposed underserved students to learning opportunities outside the classroom and earned him recognition as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.

With a new solo album in the pipeline, plus the return of the Black Eyed Peas – and his continuing role on UK television and behind the boards for top artists – the always futuristic will.i.am shows no sign of slowing down.

Will.i.am And Miley Cyrus

2007–2009: Songs About Girls and Change Is Now

In 2007, will.i.am announced that he had co-created an all-female soul band entitled the Paradiso Girls, who he intended to work with on an upcoming solo project? The album, Songs About Girls, was released in 2007. The album spawned three singles, “I Got It From My Mama”, “One More Chance” and “Heartbreaker”, and fared slightly better than his previous solo efforts, however, failed to shift more than 75,000 copies. Will also did a remix to the song With Love by actress and singer Hilary Duff.

In 2008, will.i.am contributed the song “One Tribe” to the Survival International charity album, Songs for Survival. Also in 2008, he was featured on rapper Flo Rida’s debut album, Mail on Sunday, where he produced and featured on the song “In the Ayer”, and featured on Usher’s fifth album, Here I Stand. In January 2008, will.i.am announced plans that he was masterminding a political album, Change is Now: Renewing America’s Promise, in support of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The first single, “Yes We Can”, featured a music video directed by Jesse Dylan. The lyrics of the song are composed almost entirely of excerpts from Obama’s speech on January 8, 2008, following the New Hampshire presidential primary election. The video features appearances from numerous celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adam Rodríguez, Kelly Hu, Hill Harper, Amber Valletta, Eric Balfour, Aisha Tyler, Nicole Scherzinger, Nick Cannon, Bryan Greenberg, and Common and first appeared on the website for Dipdive. The video racked up three million views within a week and over four million subsequently on YouTube. On June 13, 2008, “Yes We Can” won an award at the 35th Annual Creative Arts and Entertainment Daytime Emmy Awards for “New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment”. On February 29, 2008, the album’s second single, “We Are the Ones”, was released on Dipdive and YouTube. Including cameo appearances from Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, Kerry Washington, pop-punk band Yellowcard’s front man, Ryan Key, John Leguizamo, Regina King, Tyrese Gibson, Eric Mabius, Tichina Arnold, Adrianne Palicki, comedian George Lopez, and singers Macy Gray, Zoe Kravitz and The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, the video features everyone chanting “O-BA-MA” as a portrayal as their hopes and wishes for Barack Obama and his presidential campaign. On November 4, 2008, will.i.am spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about his support for then-Senator Obama using CNN’s ‘hologram’ technology (actually tomography). Following the 2008 election, and Obama’s victory, Will released the album’s third single, “It’s a New Day”. The video reflects on the historical events that led to the election of the first African-American president and the public’s reaction to his election. The video features celebrities such as Fergie, Olivia Wilde, Kanye West, Harold Perrineau, Kevin Bacon, and his wife Kyra Sedgwick. The video debuted on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama as president, will.i.am collaborated with producer David Foster on the album’s fourth single, “America’s Song”, with contributing vocals from Seal, Bono, Mary J. Blige, and Faith Hill. In response to Barack Obama’s reaction following Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, will.i.am penned the album’s fifth and final single, “The Jackass Song”. It featured a sample of Kanye West’s “Heartless”. Will wrote a blog post, which featured the song on Dipdive, and released in February 2009. will.i.am attended and spoke at the FIRST Robotics Competition kickoff on January 8, 2011, declaring, “I am the FIRST fan.” He has also named FIRST Founder Dean Kamen “one of the heroes” on his verified Twitter account.

Favorite Quotes from Will I Am

“I can’t sing “I Believe I Can Fly”. I sing that horrible. But I can sing “I Gotta Feeling” good. I wrote it for my capabilities. So I Gotta Feeling is just about to let me make a song to inspire people to have a good time.” –  Will I Am
“Music is my therapy and my straitjacket. Music keeps me sane and keeps my mind on something. It’s fragile up there.” – Will I Am 
“Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” –  Will I Am
“Disco is the first technology music. And what I mean is that ‘disco’ music is named after discs, because when technology grew to where they didn’t need a band in the clubs, the DJ played it on a disc.” – Will I Am 
“Kids today aren’t listening to music audio-only. They’re picking up a CD and looking at the lyric sheet and wondering why the pictures aren’t moving around. Who wants to do that? It’s like Bam Bam Flintstone hanging with the dinosaurs vs. Elroy Jetson who’s flying around space. If I’m a kid, I wanna be kicking it with Elroy.” – Will I Am 

“How about no one’s ever going to outsell Michael Jackson at selling records because the record industry is over. Game over. There are no more record stores. With no more record stores, there are no more pressing plants. With no more pressing plants, there are no more charts.” – Will I Am 

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