Bill Cantos is known in professional circles as an extremely gifted singer, songwriter, arranger, and pianist, all in a wide variety of musical genres. Covering pop, jazz, R & B, and gospel, Bills talents have been found in the works of Sergio Mendes, Phil Collins, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Elton John/Leon Russell, Patti Austin, Diane Schuur, Ramsey Lewis, Brenda Russell, and Kirk Whalum to name a few. Born and raised in Southern California, he received a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He credits his influences from Sergio Mendes to Bill Evans, and from James Taylor to Stevie Wonder.
As a brilliant songwriter, Bill has most recently written music for Alan & Marilyn Bergman, and lyrics for Johnny Mandel. Hes recorded six solo albums of his original material, but feels his upcoming Bravura Records release, In The Moment, might be his best work to date. Emphasizing Bills incredible arranging skills on classic pop and jazz tunes, the new album also features three self penned songs, including the beautiful ballad written about and for his wife, Sweet Mari. On his Christmas gift to you, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, as on In The Moment, you will hear how much music Bill can make with only a bassist and drummer accompanying him.