Biography

BILL CANTOS

Keyboardist, singer/songwriter, arranger, producer....

Bill has released six solo CDs; the most recent is Love Wins: New Standards For The New Millennium, a collection of new songs written in the style of classic jazz standards (click here to read quotes and reviews). Among his current projects, Bill can be heard singing the main title song "All Right Day" in the new film Home Run Showdown (co-written by Bill and his wife, Mari Falcone).  He records and tours with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and is also a featured live performer with Burt Bacharach.

The artists with whom Bill has toured and/or recorded include Phil Collins, Alan Bergman, Elton John, Leon Russell, Diane Schuur, Lisa Ono, Kirk Whalum, Bob Dylan, Brian Bromberg, Barry Manilow, Jay Graydon, David Foster, Kevyn Lettau, Deniece Williams, Debby Boone, Freddie Hubbard, Vikki Carr, Steve Amerson, Tony Guerrero, and Rita Coolidge. His songs have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, and Cheryl Bentyne. Bill has a deep love for Brazilian music, and has worked extensively with many of Brazil's best-known artists, including Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and Gal Costa.

Gospel music is also a passion for Bill; he leads worship, has written songs for Clay Crosse, Maranatha Music and Helen Baylor, performed for half a million people as musical director/keyboardist of the Promise Keepers worship band, and appears on CDs by Donnie McClurkin, Tommy Walker, and Andrae Crouch. For nine years he was heard on the "Haven" radio broadcast as a member of their vocal quartet.

Theater is another avenue for his talents; he appeared in the LA world premiere of Cy Coleman/Alan & Marilyn Bergman's musical Like Jazz and has written an one-act musical, The Little Room. He has performed on the soundtracks for dozens of films including Jurassic World, Godzilla, The LoraxRio & Rio 2Tangled, Iron Man 2Spiderman 3WALL-EIce Age 3: Dawn Of The DinosaursPolar Express.

Growing up in San Diego, California, Cantos received a Masters in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied piano with Fred Hersch. He currently resides in Los Angeles working on new projects with Mari, including songwriting with Alan & Marilyn Bergman and Johnny Mandel.