A Doctor! Be A Doctor!” was the first song Bill heard as his
Jewish mother rocked him to bed. Inspired by the deeply profound musical
experience, Bill Shafton was destined to share his music with the world.
Bill took an unorthodox route to his music career. He started out
attending U.C. Santa Barbara with the intention of following in his
father’s footsteps and becoming a lawyer (actually, his father’s,
grandfathers’, sister’s, uncle's and cousins’ footsteps). But,
after a few reggae concerts in Santa Barbara, his musical path came
After graduating from Oberlin in 1993, Bill debuted his talents with an album of singer songwriter and solo guitar material for Andromeda International Records. Since that time, he has worked as a session guitarist, songwriter and producer on tracks for artists such as Dolly Parton, Carly Simon and Zsa Zsa Gabor to name a few. He also formed a personalized children’s music company. Through it all, it was the guitar that kept calling him to record again: “With the guitar in my hands, I can communicate in ways that are beyond words. Music gives us the freedom to say what we truly feel.” What Bill has to say is speaking volumes to those who have heard his music.
Jerry Jordan (engineer for Madonna, Roger Waters, Rod Stewart and co-producer of the album) comments: "There is a great diversity of music for this album, with elements of jazz, smooth jazz, world music, classical, new age. Bill’s playing and the voice of his guitar shine through each of the songs."
order to finance this self-produced album that would be on par with the
scope of his musical vision, Bill went to work as a judgment collector
for a law office in Los Angeles.
The album closes with a musical tribute to his late father. "One of my most treasured memories is the two of us playing piano/guitar duets. He gave me such a solid foundation as a musician and, of course, as a man. Now it’s my honor to pass along his legacy that I hold… In My Hands.