Singer and songwriter will.i.am is of course well known for his music, be it tracks he produces or actually performs solo or with his band The Black Eyed Peas. Little by little he is also known for his ongoing support of digital media, and more particularly the intersection of education and technology. For this very reason, he was invited to Mount Saint Mary's College in Los Angeles to talk to the students about this topic dear to his heart. You can read more about his intervention on the college's website.
Here is an excerpt from his speech: "There is no shortage of basketball players, or musicians, or entertainers, or Instagram uploaders,” he said. “But there is a shortage of engineers! We don’t have enough young women like you grow up saying, ‘I want to be an engineer!’ We need you.”
Ever the stylish dweller, will.i.am was carrying his Armour Collection backpack to his lecture - do you remember the Armour collection from last Spring/Summer? This is how you can tell who is a real friend - he could have ten bags from our new collection, but he chooses to carry an old faithful - just like all of us, he has his favourites of course.
In case you aren't familiar with the wonderful world of will.i.am, here is a little recap below.
William James Adams better known as will.i.am (pronounced "Will I am"), is an American recording artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, voice actor, DJ, record producer, and philanthropist, best known as one of the founding members of the hip hop/pop band, The Black Eyed Peas. He is the recipient of seven Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, a Teen Choice Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, and three World Music Awards all won with the Black Eyed Peas.
Will.i.am has also released four solo albums. The first, Lost Change, was released in 2001 on Atlantic Records. The album itself is the original soundtrack to the movie of the same name. A music video was made for the song, "I Am", but no singles were released from the album. The second solo album Must B 21 was released on September 23, 2003. Track seventeen on the release, "Go!", was regularly used as the theme for the NBA Live 2005 and Madden NFL 2005 seasons. A video for the track was also recorded for use within the sports, however, no singles were released from the album. The third album, Songs About Girls, was released on September 25, 2007. The first single released from the album was a club track titled "I Got It from My Mama" which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100at #31 on 17 August 2007. The album also featured the singles "Heartbreaker" and "One More Chance". He released his fourth studio album #willpower in 2013.
Will.i.am is also a music producer. He has produced with other artists including Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Eazy-E, Britney Spears, David Guetta, U2,Rihanna, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Earth, Wind & Fire, Nicki Minaj, Cheryl Cole, 2NE1, SMAP, The Game, Nas, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Daddy Yankee,Wolfgang Gartner, and Juanes. He is a coach on The Voice UK. In collaborations and with the Black Eyed Peas, he has a total of 34 Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart since 1998, and has sold 9.4 million singles in the UK.