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William Francis “Will Francis” was born on April 10, 1969 in Pompton Plains, NJ. He went to school and resided in the town of West Milford until he was twenty years old. As a teenager, he got caught up the hard rock/heavy metal scene of the mid and late eighties. Concert shirts, long hair, posters, cassettes and vinyl were the standard for most metal heads during that era or decade of popular hard edged music. This is where it all began for Will. The music, vocals and presence of bands like Def Leppard particularly, album “Pyromania,” Judas Priest-“Stained Class”(Beyond The Realms Of Death), album “Defenders Of The Faith” are what set the train in motion for Will to want and become a hard rock/heavy metal singer and a lyric writer during his last two years of high school. In terms of style and theme, he would try emulating these influences in his writing, putting the words to melody and attempting to overlay the song with a high pitched vocal style that was popular at that time. (Will was not yet listening to the sound of his own voice LOL!) When he heard “Beyond The Realms Of Death,” it was the first song he had ever experienced that described exactly how he felt inside at that time during his teenage years. After Will heard that song, he became connected to music like he had never been before.
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