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William Crighton

With Empire, Australia's William Crighton delivers both ageless and untempered fire and inexhaustible forward momentum. The album expands Crighton’s powerful sound into sprawling new planes and finds the singer-songwriter bringing a cinematographer’s eye for detail to bear on his unique and immersive lyrical style. Empire sees William Crighton expand his study of the human psyche, hard close-ups meet a roving widescreen lens. It is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st Century Australia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward along which hope will always chime. Quickly building a reputation as a world-class live performer, he has performed to thronging crowds at WOMADelaide and Woodford Folk Festival. He showcased at Canadian Music Week, New York City’s Mondo Music Conference and the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. In February 2018, Crighton recently completed his debut Canadian tour alongside JUNO-nominated Hamilton rocker Terra Lightfoot.

“Once in a lifetime, a gig surpasses all expectations, slapping you in the face with its grace, majestic singing, the quality of the material, and, in this instance, the acoustic ambience of the venue… [it] demonstrated music's power to stir the heart and soul. In my all-time Top 10 that one.” – Iain Sheddon, The Australian

"Empire is my favourite Australian album of the year thus far but I think that may be underselling it. This is the best album I’ve heard this year, from anywhere. At 32 years old, William Crighton has many years of creativity ahead of him but as far as I’m concerned his songwriting needs no further improvement.” - Dave Faulkner, The Saturday Paper

"There is an honesty and intensity to Crighton’s music that reflects the environment he has grown up in. Though many of the themes in his songs are universal ones, he brings a unique Australian perspective to them" - No Depression

"Like Tom Waits and Nick Cave, William Crighton is an original. But apart from that, he’s like no one else" - Stack Magazine

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