Billy is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who works in a multitude of musical styles.
After teaching himself to play at age 5, he soon began classical piano studies and also taught himself guitar, bass, drums and violin. In addition to his classical music studies, he soaked up rock, funk and the roots Americana music that surrounded him growing up in North Carolina and Atlanta before moving to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music.
His wide range of musical experience and love of story have given him the ability to hone in on the humor and emotional essence of films from Cocteau’s ‘The Human Voice’ starring Sophia Loren to the Farrelly Brother’s ‘Dumb & Dumber (To)’ starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
After graduating with honors from Berklee, Billy began performing professionally including keyboards with jazz legends Ronnie Laws and Lionel Hampton. As his interest in music for films grew, Billy undertook private studies with Grammy Award winning composer Dee Barton, who scored cinema classics for Clint Eastwood including ‘High Plains Drifter’ and ‘Play Misty for Me’.
Billy moved to Los Angeles and launched his career in film music by writing a song for the breakout comedy ‘Dumb & Dumber ‘(1995). This was the beginning of his relationship with the Farrelly Brothers, who use Billy’s music consistently in their films including ‘There’s Something About Mary’, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, ‘The Three Stooges’ and finally back around to ‘Dumb & Dumber To’. Billy placed two songs in this long-anticipated sequel that opened at the top of the box office in November 2014.
In 2010 he began working with director Edoardo Ponti. Their first project together was the comedy ‘Coming & Going’ that features an orchestral score punctuated with gypsy jazz elements. Next up was ‘Away We Stay’ which features a jazz score in the vein of Herbie Hancock’s music for the classic ‘60’s film ‘Blow Up’.
Taking a dramatic turn, Billy scored Edoardo’s film ‘The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars’ which was shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards. Most recently they collaborated on ‘Voce Umana’, an Italian film adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s play ‘The Human Voice’. The film stars Sophia Loren and features Billy’s orchestral score. It screened at The Cannes Film Festival in May of 2014.
In his career as a composer and recording artist Billy has worked with 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, MGM, DreamWorks, Paramount, A&M Records, Elektra Records, Universal Records and BBDO New York (Advertising) among others.