Trend-setting, Billboard chart topping singer and songwriter William Becton is an artist who has garnered iconic status in Gospel music. As one of the first gospel artists to take inspirational lyrics and merge them with urban sounds, Becton’s songwriting prowess proved to be a ground-breaking and bold creative innovation that propelled him to prominence.
He began his musical journey in 1995 with the release of his critically acclaimed debut album BROKEN (Intersound Records). The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart and boasted the Gospel radio block-buster single and R&B Top 40 Radio cross-over hit “Be Encouraged”.
“When I wrote ‘Be Encouraged’, I saw the need for inspiration, the need for encouragement, the need for hope,” says Becton.
Becton continued to write dynamic contemporary Gospel music intermingled with soul and southern charm. HEART OF A LOVE SONG (CGI Records/A&M) was released in 1997 and B2K: PROPHETIC SONGS OF PROMISE (CGI Records/CGI Platinum) in 2000 which included a special appearance of Ali Ollie Woodson of the legendary group The Temptations on the remake and sequel of “Be Encouraged” call “Still Encouraged”. Both albums also soared to the Top 10 Billboard Gospel Albums further establishing his inscription as a creative force in music.
A few years after the release of B2K, Becton recorded BROKEN 3, a live recording at Gospel artist Wess Morgan’s Celebration of Life Church in Nashville, TN. In that same year, he was ordained as pastor at Harvest International Ministerial Fellowship Inc in Laurel, MD. Surprisingly, at the height of his career, Becton stepped out of the spotlight and disappeared from the music scene but not from his ministry. With the passing of both of his parents only a few years apart from each other, he entered a grief-filled period of emotional devastation. He took a sabbatical from the music industry and relocated to Charlotte, NC.
After overcoming many trials , with a renewed spiritual vigor he began writing and producing again and is set to re-launch his church The House of Worship. He has also continued his education by earning a Master’s Degree in Theology from Life Christian University.
Twenty-five years later, William Becton’s goal is the same as it was when he started his musical journey: to encourage the soul, heal the broken hearted and tend to God’s people.
Becton is celebrating the 25-years since the momentous release of BROKEN. To commemorate this milestone Becton has released "Be Encouraged 2020 Remix". The remix includes the original lead vocals of Cliff Jones, James Washington and Woodson with Becton. Becton adds the phrase "Keep Breathing" in acknowledgment of the current Covid-19 pandemic and to the racially charged injustices that are impacting our country.
In addition to the "Be Encouraged 2020 Remix", he will be offering BROKEN 3 in his series of albums. And, he will release the full set - BROKEN TRILOGY later this year. This will allow Gospel music fans to reminisce, admire and own his discography and this will introduce this gospel pioneer to a new generation of fans.