Willard J. Wilcox
Willard J. Wilcox is a singer songwriter from the Chicago-land area. The development of his unique Blues and Alternative style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Willard starting out his musical journey when his mother gave him his first guitar when he was 14. He immediately knew that music was his calling and from that day on there has not been a day that Willard has not created.
Almost 10 years later in 2013 together with local musicians Willard J. Wilcox created the Alternative Rock band, The Dead Hands. The Following summer in 2014 The Dead Hand’s won Chicago’s WGN Breakthrough Band Contest and recorded their first album, Shiny Things, at I.V. Labs in Chicago. Willard is the lead singer for the group, plays guitar and and also writes for the band, including fan favorite Ryan Daniel’s Song and Grind Your Teeth. The Dead Hand’s have since played at the Famous Metro Theatre, The Chicago House of Blues and Cubby Bear. And playing with acts like. The Misfits, Local H, Alien Ant Farm, Live and more.
When Willard is not writing new music and performing with The Dead Hand’s he also enjoys his blossoming solo Acoustic career. He recently recorded his first solo E.P. featuring his new fan favorite single, 2 in the Morning. Will’s performance schedule is increasing and he now performs all over the Chicago-land area as well as St. Louis and Iowa. Willard has a vast library of music that he performs including original songs and covers. He has earned himself the reputation of not only being very talented as a singer/songwriter, with a smoky blues filled voice and for playing an exciting guitar, but an overall entertainer by interacting with his audiences with humor and kindness creating a wonderful and captivating experience for all who is in attendance.
Willard’s musical ambitions and talent continue to grow, he is finding himself in demand more than ever. Willard plans to record a second album with The Dead Hand’s, he is also planning to travel up and down the East Coast performing solo at local venues to share his music with a larger audience.