2009 Talent Trust Recipient
In October 2009, Singer/Songwriter Elizabeth Wills was selected by Bugle Boy Founder Lane Gosnay as the first participant in the Bugle Boy Foundation's Talent Trust.
Elizabeth received financial backing from the Foundation for her studio recording, "Love Comes Home" produced by famed Austin producer Mark Hallman, who is known for his work with such artists as Carole King, Eliza Gilkyson Sara Hickman and Ani DiFranco.
Elizabeth retains 100% ownership and control of her recordings.
According to Gosnay, “Elizabeth Wills possessed the perfect intrinsic combination of talent & tenacity and was publicly poised to make the release of "Love Comes Home" a cornerstone in her career as an independent performing singer songwriter."
Elizabeth Wills managed to reimburse the Talent Trust seed money in only four shows and her album won her scores of new fans. On January 28, 2010, La Grange Mayor Janet Moerbe presented her with the "key to the city." County Judge Ed Janecka proclaimed January 28 Elizabeth Wills Day in Fayette County. (photo right center)
Elizabeth says, "To have been welcomed into the arms of La Grange and the wonderful people that live there and support the Bugle Boy, has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life," says Wills. "The support I received was unimaginable and humbling, and it made me want to be the kind of artist that deserved such unconditional support and love. It was-- by far-- the best record I have ever done, and it's a direct reflection of the force behind it. I have been honored to be a part of this amazing project."
Listeners may know Elizabeth from her live appearances on KUT, and from her past performances at Austin City Limits Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival Main Stage, The Backyard, and The Bugle Boy. Wills has been a winner of the prestigious B.W. Stevenson Songwriting competition, and among other awards has been voted Female Vocalist of the year by Ft Worth Star Telegram.