The backstory behind singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons is just like his surname – awesome. The son of two blind parents, Fitzsimmons grew up in a home filled with sound (pianos, guitars, trombones, talking birds, classical records, family sing-a-longs, bedtime stories, and a pipe organ, which his father built into the house with his own hands). After working in counseling and attending graduate school, Fitzsimmons decided to try his hand at a new kind of therapy – songwriting.
One long beard and three full-lengths later (his most recent The Sparrow and the Crow was released in ’08) William Fitzsimmons is gaining attention for his emotional lyrics and folk/pop hybrid sound. With a sometimes uncanny vocal similarity to Sufjan Stevens, Fitzsimmons has managed to walk a pretty thin line between Greys Anatomy approved listener friendliness and worthwhile folk music. Imagine a more accessible Sufjan or Iron & Wine (with a little less poetic creativity) and you’ve got it about right.
Word to the wise: Sparrow and the Crow is not for the happy at heart. Released on the tails of his divorce, most tracks allude to an unhappy divorce (see: “Please Forgive Me”, “Further From Home”, “Just Not Each Other”).