Willis Earl Beal
As one does with some of the best musical discoveries, I was mindlessly stumbling across the internet -- on a musical tangent from one artist to another. My mind was quickly averted to the sweet gospel vocals projected by Chicago-born, Willis Earl Beal on the track, "Babble On."
His vocals carry a lot of emotion and depth, something that's a clear reflection of his life; Willis served time in the war, has been homeless and has called several cities his home. In 2012, he caught the attention of record label, Hot Charity (subsidiary of XL Recordings).
As well as being an acclaimed musician, Beal is also a visual artist, poet, actor and writer. His raw talent has received praise from the likes of Jools Holland, countless reputable music publications and even Cat Power on the track, "Coming Through."