“This music is awesome! I've been a fan for a very long time and I love this music! Billy takes you back to the roots where the music began.”
— Stephanie (Conyers, GA - Just4Fun Radio)
Billy Buchanan puts on a nonstop, no holds barred show that is an authentic, jawdropping homage to The Pioneers. Buchanan channels soul greats like Ray Charles, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Stax icons, Motown superstars, and many more with ease. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, the city where DJ Alan Freed first coined the phrase "Rock and Roll", Billy Buchanan has a deep musical heritage. Digging into his father's LPs at a very young age, he became a disciple of all the soul, blues, and rock trailblazers. Not only does this gritty song and dance man belt out the classics like nobody’s business, he is an exceptional, award winning songwriter. In his original music, you can hear the backbeat rhythms and musical influences of all the artists he admires. His much anticipated EP, “ShagShuffleShimmyShakeSwing Vol. 1”, was released in the beginning of 2018, and his Christmas EP, "Give Love" was released in late 2018. He also performs popular artists such as Prince, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, and Pharrell Williams in his own unique, soul stirring style. And if all of this wasn't enough, Billy also does spot on impersonator tributes of Ray Charles, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, and many more artists from the 50's and 60's. Drawing people of all ages, races, and backgrounds straight to the middle of dance floor, his fans shag, swing, twist, lindy hop, stroll, mash potato, and watusi all night long. When rock and roll was still in its infancy, it was electrifying, unrestrained, and unapologetic. Whether solo or with his band, 'Billy Buchanan & his Rock 'n Soul Revue', behind him, he exemplifies all of those characteristics and more!
As an award winning recording artist, he’s released seven albums as a solo artist and two albums with his former band Fusebox (Elevate/EMI). He’s had three Top 20 songs on the CCM charts and has performed in all 50 states and in 26 countries. As a sideman, he's played bass, guitar, or sang background vocals for many great artists, including Grammy winners Rebecca St. James, Michael Tait, and John Carter Cash. As a songwriter, he's written songs with Busbee, Clint Lagerberg, Mike Hartnett, Marc Byrd, and other established writers. As a producer, he produced all of his solo albums, numerous independent artist’s albums, and co-produced Fusebox’s “Once Again” album. As an actor, he was nominated for a Dove Award for his role in the touring production, Hero The Rock Opera. As a celebrity impersonator, he's been nominated for four Sunny Awards (including the prestigious Bea Fogelman Award of Excellence), and won one for "Best Website" in 2018.
Billy has opened for or shared the stage with Jersey Boys on Tour, Tower of Power, Harry Connick Jr., Betty LaVette, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Josh Turner, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Brothers Osborne, David Ryan Harris, Morris Day and The Time, Chaka Khan, Shawn Mullins, Sixpence None The Richer, JohnnySwim, The New Orleans Suspects, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Joy Williams (from The Civil Wars), Super Cat, G Love and Special Sauce, 24-7 Spyz, Switchfoot, Extreme, KC & The Sunshine Band, Funky Meters, P.O.D, N'Dea Davenport (from The Brand New Heavies), Skillet, Alice In Chains, Rebecca St. James, Salt-n-Pepa, and Jennifer Nettles (from Sugarland), to name a few.
I’ve worked with a lot of music professionals and band leaders in my drumming career, and rarely have I encountered an individual possessing more appetite for musical excellence; more discipline as an artist; and more inspiration as a human being. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the wisdom, tutelage, and care of my long-time friend and mentor Billy Buchanan. - Tom Knight (TLC, Monica, Voice Over Emmy Winner)
"Billy Buchanan is a vibrant frontman who makes each track a statement of faith and hope". - Billboard Magazine
"When it comes to innovation, and expanding musical horizons, Billy Buchanan is one of the premiere purveyors of music in our region". - Narrow Magazine
"Nothing speaks soul like the penetrating rhythm and blues of Billy Buchanan's music. His passion for music has taken him from the small town of St. Augustine to over 25 countries overseas. His music touches the hearts of his fans with real experiences." - I Want A Buzz Magazine
The first band that got me off was a band called SkinDeep in Atlanta, Georgia. The bass player, Billy Buchanan, went on to do great things.... - Lajon Witherspoon (Lead Singer Of Sevendust)
"Buchanan has a soulful sound influenced by Otis Redding, Prince, Seal, John Mayer, and Stevie Wonder". - Florida Times Union
As my bass instructor, Billy helped shape not only my bass technique but also my love for music to this day. – Ray Dombrowski (Former student, Atlanta Institute of Music Instructor)
"The proof is in the pudding, and Buchanan's pudding is chock-full of various textures and ingredients accumulated from his myriad musical endeavors". - Ignition Music Magazine
When it comes to a music career, there are no sunsets only sunrises. Billy Buchanan literally never sleeps! He will work as hard for you as he does his own career – Michele Howe (Howe Creative Management)