William Mimnaugh (stage name WiL) is a contemporary roots artist who makes his home on Vancouver Island, Canada. Known for his fiery live show, enigmatic stage presence and mad skill with an acoustic guitar, the 47 year old front man (he tours as a duo with his drummer Keith Gallant or occasionally with a keyboardist) is also known for penning songs like ‘Roam’ flagship anthem to Travel Alberta’s award winning international media campaign called 'Remember to Breathe'. 

Not one for school, his youth consisted of skateboarding and holing himself up in his room listening to everything from Chet Atkins to ACDC but It wasn’t until 1998, after hearing the flagrant use of an overdrive pedal on an acoustic guitar in Neutral Milk Hotels ‘In an Aeroplane over the Sea, an album and song that stunned his musical senses, that WiL really started refining and defining both his sound and his style. 

But it took nearly fifteen years, with a few failed attempts in the process for the artist to figure out how to take that sound that he managed to deliver live night after night and capture it on a record. None of these though, does the songwriter blame on anyone - just a learning curve. In fact, WiL is first to maintain the key is to take your failures and use them as tools to improve, to be accountable. "That is really how I go about my life - f**k up move forward". If you can do that it’s half the battle, maybe more than half. I'm a late bloomer and I am OK with that. More than OK. And so, armed with that bit of worldly advice, the ‘seasoned’ songwriter is currently recording his seventh studio album, 'Gold Mine'; a deeply personal record of self reflection, redemption and discovery at his home studio on Vancouver Island. The album is coming to fruition while working as an agricultural fencer (the kind that keeps bears out and cows and horses in) and performing the occasional show. 

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Photo courtesy of Don Albright

Photo courtesy of Don Albright