“Breathes fresh and strikingly vivid life into the umbrous bush of traditional Australian balladry” - Rolling Stone Magazine
William Crighton grew up in small towns around the Riverina, NSW. A fusion of traditional music and unexpected experimentation, William’s songs explore vivid stories across colourful themes and musical manifestations. From tales of murder and suicide to love and euphoric conversations with ants. A child in awe of nature William is now a passionate environmentalist working against environmental destruction both on the ground and through his music.
“Life to me is about relationships. Not just with people. We’re all family one way or another. Navigating these relationships and staying afloat on the great emotional torrent is obviously not always easy but it certainly means that stories are everywhere. I like to find them and explore them” – William Crighton
Crighton has released 2 albums William Crighton 2016 and Empire 2018, the latter of which Dave Faulkner from the Hoodoo Gurus, in The Saturday Paper called “the best album of 2018, domestic or international”.
His third album Water & Dust released February 11th 2022. The majority of the album was written by him and his wife and collaborator Julieanne, and features some incredible musicians including long-time friends and collaborators Matt Sherrod & William Barton, Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst & Jim Mogine, Jeff Lang, James Haselwood & Luke Davison.
Crighton’s music is not sculpted to fit fad or trend. He and his family, by blood and by song, are genuinely travelling a different track, jump on if you care to experience it.
“Even the squarest minds were left tripping” - Stack Magazine