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What happens when a psychotherapist becomes a songwriter? You get the honest, moving lyrics of musician William Fitzsimmons. Before Fitzsimmons became iTunes US Best Singer/Songwriter in 2008 for his album The Sparrow and the Crow and had his songs “Passion Play” and “Please Don’t Go” featured on Grey’s Anatomy, he studied to be a therapist and worked as a counselor. Now he uses this background to create music that’s bold and not afraid to delve into depravity and be intensely personal. Fitzsimmons’ childhood also had a major impact on his music today. Raised by two blind parents who were recreational musicians, sound was a huge part of their lives and an important way to communicate. Now Fitzsimmons incorporates the myriad instruments around his childhood home into his songs, creating a rich mix of acoustic and electronic folk. Filter Magazine says of him: “Somewhere between Iron & Wine’s beard and the musical styles of Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver, you will find William Fitzsimmons.” Folk musician Leif Vollebekk will be opening for Fitzsimmons.

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