William F. Wells '11 was born and raised in Erial, New Jersey, just across the water from Philadelphia. He studied at Berklee, focusing on film scoring and music production and engineering, but also honing his skills as a songwriter, arranger, conductor, and musician. Upon arriving in Los Angeles in 2011, Wells served as senior engineer at Woodshed Recording in Malibu, California, owned by film composer Richard Gibbs. He continued on to tour North America with the electropop duo, LMFAO, and later with Canadian music sensation and Quincy Jones protègè, Nikki Yanofsky.
He has since had the opportunity to work with such renowned artists as Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, RZA and Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, DJ Premier, Michael McDonald, Sky Blu (of LMFAO), Logic, and many more in the studio and on stage. He recently worked on the Tony-, Grammy-, and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, and also cowrote the lead single for the Pentatonix, "Can't Sleep Love," for its chart-topping debut self-titled album. In early 2016, he completed the nearly year-long Smoke + Mirrors World Tour with Imagine Dragons as keyboardist, guitarist, and background vocalist. He is now working internationally as musical director for artists such as Kevin Garrett, Anthony Ramos, and Jasmine Cephas Jones, and was most recently the musical director for ESPN's 2016 Heisman Trophy Ceremony national broadcast.
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