Born and raised in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region, William Powell, III grew up performing for Presidents, appointed officials, and celebrities in places like the White House, Washington Monument, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
"Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- And then run?"
Taking a less traditional route than many classically trained vocalists, William graduated with a degree in Psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia before receiving a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. After completing his master's degree, William enrolled in a clinical psychology doctoral program. While studying to become a psychologist, William realized that he did not want a career in mental health and that singing was where his heart was. He decided to leave the program and began studying voice and piano privately. Soon, after auditioning and receiving the Nannie Gray Vocal Performance Scholarship, William began a Master of Music in Vocal Performance program at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. While attending, he began working professionally in local churches and with regional opera companies - sparking an interest for more.
"Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over- like a syrupy sweet?"
Since beginning his self-described "late blooming" journey, William has sang with companies such as LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, and Vineyard Touring Opera. As a Young Artist with Charlottesville Opera, William sang the role of Count Ceprano and covered the role of Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto, while also making his Musical Theatre debut as Cord Elam in Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. He sang the title role of Edgar Allan Poe in the World Premiere of the "Poe Requiem" with Madison, Wisconsin's Fresco Opera Theatre and was an Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition Award recipient with the New Jersey State Opera. In addition to his Opera and Musical Theatre experiences, William also provided background vocals for the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band's Jekyll and Hyde Tour, as well as provided background vocals to Grammy Award nominated, legend, Andrea Bocelli.
"Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?"
In 2016, after studying acting at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, DC, William moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue voice overs, film, and television endeavors. While continuing his music pursuits, he has since begun to work on films, web series, and in regional theatres.
-"Harlem" by Langston Huges