Where are they now? - Billy Sherwood

This page last updated: 16 Apr 2024

YES and projects with several Yesmen
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Howe
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Geoff
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Horn
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Moraz
Bill
Bruford
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Wakeman
Trevor
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Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Jon Davison
Jay Schellen
Asia
CIRCA:
Anderson Wakeman Rabin
Others associated with the band


On this page: Solo projects - Tribute albums - World Trade & related

On other pages: Yes news - CIRCA:

Billy Sherwood's official sites: Billy Sherwood Collection (through Cherry Red); Billy Sherwood solo releases through CDBabyBilly on Twitter; Billy on YouTube

Sherwood is in Yes: news on the main page. He has also been in Asia: see under Asia for details. The band tour this summer and I presume Sherwood will be in the line-up, although that has not been confirmed yet: see here for more. Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye continue as CIRCA:, covered on its own page. He is in Arc of Life with Jon Davison, Jay Schellen, Jimmy Haun and Dave Kerzner: see the main page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sherwood was doing online clinics and teaching, as he explained in this Apr 2020 Facebook post and this one, but most of all this one. He opened his new Sherwood Studios Online, saying:

The studio is open and operational. Anyone needing real drums, bass, gtrs, keys, vocals or mixing simply message me for details here at my FB page. File sharing makes it all doable from a safe social distance 😎 as I’m not touring nows a good time to help with any artists/bands looking for professional assistance.  I love helping folks along thier musical journey 😇
However, asked about lessons in Nov 2022 on Facebook, he replied, "I'm in the weeds between Yes/Asia & Arc Of Life/ Circa:".

Solo work
Sherwood has been working on his next solo album. On 22 Sep 2018, he said on Facebook that he had, "Started working on another solo CD… The 1st track is called "pushing into the wind".... its early going of course but I'm feeling that creative wave coming on and so it begins". On 10 Oct 2019, again on Facebook, he said, "Working on my own new song , material for what will become my next solo cd. Recording guitars". In a Feb 2021 interview, Sherwood said, "I'm in the final stages of another solo album [...] called Pushing Into the Wind [...] there's a song called "Love Remains Real" [...] which is about [...] these people who have never seen each other, never touched [having met online] [...] but love remains as real as if you were there in person." (In a Feb 2021 appearance by Arc of Life on SOAL Night Live, Jay Schellen described recently working with Sherwood, which could be for this project.) In a Mar 2021 interview, Sherwood said, "It's basically ready to head over to mastering and bring it home. I just haven't had a moment to get on that because there's always stuff going on..." He posted lyrics to a song from the album called "All is Fair in Love" to Facebook in Jun 2022.

Back in Sep 2016 on Facebook, Sherwood described working on a song entitled "Until Further Notice", which was also the working title for a solo album. Another song was "Talking with Siri". In early Nov 2017, Sherwood shared video on Facebook of a drum session by Jay Schellen (working with Yes, ex-Asia, ex-World Trade) for that song. These both ended up on Arc of Life.


Sherwood was writing dance material for Cleopatra Records. He explained on Facebook (Apr 2012):

Got a cool new gig to add onto the pile... This new mission is to compose/play rave/prog dance tracks, (destine for the club scene). This mission comes from Cleopatra Records who are building an arsenal of this type of material... For this gig I write it, design the basics... groove, chords, lyrics, melody etc..., possibly sing a few of them myself. I'll be delivering the tracks in a sort of framework form, at which point another "dance/rave" producer will take it the rest of the way home... It's a writing gig...

He described 4 songs, including "EMP", "Test of Time" and "Synthetic Life", and was working on a fifth. I am unclear what happened with these.

Prog Collective
Sherwood has released a series of albums under the moniker of the Prog Collective and featuring multiple guest musicians. The next, Dark Encounters, came out Mar 2024. Details on main page.

Tribute albums & related
Sherwood appeared on "Pigs on a Wing 2" on the Cleopatra Records release, Animals Reimagined – A Tribute to Pink Floyd: see on main page for details. Cleopatra Records also have some other releases with remixes of Sherwood's earlier work for the label: see on main page for details.

In an Apr 2008 interview, Sherwood said he was working on a tribute to The Police, saying, "I was planning on kind of inviting just like great guitar players to come on and play some great solos and play over the top of the stuff and keep the music kind of pure." However, further news on this did not emerge.

Other news
Sherwood appeared at a 3 Aug 2023 memorial concert for John Wetton: see main page for details.

Billy Sherwood and the late Michael Sherwood appeared on Kurt Michaels' Stones from the Garden, out 7 Jul 2023 through Melodic Revolution Records. Tracks:

  1. "Trouble" (5:27), with M Sherwood on keys
  2. "Why Must Life be Such a Fight" (6:34)
  3. "I'm in Love with That Dream" (7:30)
  4. "Relax... Nothing's Under Control!" (5:20), with B Sherwood on vocals; first single, video
  5. "Forever (So Completely)" (4:23), with B Sherwood on vocals; second single, video
  6. "Happiness" (4:50), with M Sherwood on keys
  7. "Will I Ever Pass This Way Again?" (5:41), with B Sherwood on bass and drums, M Sherwood on keys
  8. "The Road Beyond" (17:00)

The album was written and produced by Michaels (Facebook, Soundcloud), who plays guitar and sings throughout. Also appearing are Len Szymanski, Scott Williams, Dennis Keith Johnson (ex-Survivor, worked with Dennis DeYoung), John Abbey (worked with John Cale), Jim Gully, Jeff Abbott, Chris Ussery, Cory Hance, Annie Carlson, Amanda Lehmann (works with Steve Hackett) and Kathie Mills. It was engineered by Mike Hagler, and mixed and mastered in Jul 2022. Art is by Krista Wallhagen (worked with The Syn, Renaissance). Michaels began writing the album in Feb 2016, and recording began Aug 2018.

"Beyond a Dream" is a digital single released by Cameron Carpenter (keys, harmony vocal), who wrote the piece. Sherwood plays fretless bass, produced and mixed the track. Also performing are Robbie Carpenter (lead vocal) and Wendi Whipple (harmony vocal), and the track was mastered by Maor Appelbaum. "The Fountain of Light, Pt. 2" (3:30) followed on 6 Oct 2023, credited to Carpenter and Sherwood.

Sherwood guested on vocals on "The Ocean" (3:29) on the 12-track album Songs for the Future (Apollon Records) from Norwegian band Laughing Stock, released 3 Feb 2023. The band consists of Jan Mikael Sørensen, Håvard Enge and Jan Erik K Nilsen. The album was produced and mixed by Sørensen with Laughing Stock, and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow). Other guests on the album include Colin Moulding (ex-XTC) and Colin Bass (Camel).

Out 18 Nov 2022 digitally was Shadows in a Jar, the sixth studio album from Life of Mars, led by Earl Kayoss and with Fernando Perdomo (works with Dave Kerzner, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes). A CD release (Cherry Red Records, SOUMCD030) followed 3 Mar 2023. The album was written by Kayoss, while guesting are Sherwood and Denny Seiwell (ex-Paul McCartney & Wings). The album was mastered by Zach Ziskin. Tracks:

  1. "Ego"
  2. "The Key"
  3. "Stray Dog" (video), with Kayoss (vocals), Perdomo (all instruments)
  4. "After All" (video), with Sherwood (vocals, bass, drums), Perdomo (lead guitar), Kayoss (rhythm guitar), Salvador Navarra (keys)
  5. "Technology"
  6. "Rabbits"
  7. "And Besides…"
  8. "She's Already Gone"
  9. "Rock People"
  10. "Nancy's Finger"
  11. "Only One"
  12. "Hurricane Jane"
  13. "Shadows in a Jar" (digital only)

Sherwood provided backing vocals to "All the Tears That Shine" on David Paich's 2022 release Forgotten Toys, co-written and with lead vocals by older brother Michael: see under Michael Sherwood for details. In a Feb 2021 interview, Sherwood said he'd "recently been doing some sessions with Paich, doing some vocal things". In the Mar 2021 interview, Sherwood said, "I'm working with David Paich on some stuff for his solo album".

Directions is the debut EP from Middlesong, Joe Schneider (vocals, guitar, keys) and Phil Tomczak (keys, guitars). Sherwood produced, mixed and played bass, drums, keys and guitar on the release; Maor Appelbaum mastered. Tracks: "See This Through" (3:53), "Rain to Sun" (4:45), "Directions in D Minor (Make Sure that You Learn)" (5:53). Tracks can be heard on their SoundCloud page. Middlesong are continuing to work on a full album.

Sherwood co-produced, co-wrote and played on In Extremis, the second release from Los Angeles prog band, Days Between Stations. The band consists of guitarist Sepand Samzadeh and keyboardist Oscar Fuentes Bills, who have previously worked with The Pineapple Thief. Sherwood again co-wrote/produced/arranged their next album: in a 16 Dec 2014 Facebook update, he described "tonight we are recording the 2nd song for the record (as yet untitled)." He talked of mastering the album in a Mar 2016 Facebook post, and in Apr 2016 listed Days Between Stations as one of the bands he is currently in. Erik Nielsen said on Facebook in Dec 2017 that he, with Paul Whitehead (worked with Genesis, Van der Graaf Generator, Le Orme), were finalising artwork for the third album (both worked on In Extremis). The album, entitled Giants, is out digitally (on Bandcamp or Amazon UK), on CD and vinyl. Details in Yescography. Sherwood performs drums, bass and vocals, and the album also includes three guests: Colin Moudling (ex-XTC) sings lead and co-wrote lyrics on "Goes by Gravity"; Durga McBroom (works with Dave Kerzner, worked with Pink Floyd) provides lead vocals on "Witness the End of the World"; and Inid Abiza provides backing vocals on "Spark of Life". In the Mar 2021 interview, Sherwood said, "I'm playing drums as a de facto band member, if you will, with a band called Days Between Stations. We're trying to gear up to record a live DVD/Blu-ray for sale and possible stream." Samzadeh and Fuentes were in rehearsals in Apr 2021, for planned live shows with Sherwood (drums) and Jennifer Jo Oberle (bass) later in 2021, but they didn't happen. The quartet had previously rehearsed in Nov 2020. The set was expected to include "Giants" and "Eggshell Man". The band then announced a one-off live show/filming session on 15 May 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. The band were Samzadeh (guitars) and Fuentes Bills (keys), with Scott Connor (CIRCA:; drums, backing vocals), Jarrad Lander (bass), Persephone Godwin (backing vocals), Michelle Aragon (vocals) and David Hussey (XNA; vocals). Sherwood and McBroom were also billed on vocals as special guests. The show was recorded for Blu-ray/DVD/CD/digital release. The band promised more news about the live release soon in Aug 2023. A 2024 release is expected.

The band shot a video for "Witness the End of the World" with McBroom. However, the pandemic delayed the video production, so the video was not released until Sep 2023.

Samzadeh, Sherwood and Oberle (vocals) are working on a side project. Samzadeh described working on "a side project with Billy Sherwood" in the promo for Giants. Sherwood said in a Jan 2019 interview that he is producing a solo album by Samzadeh, but I think that has become this collaboration. Oberle mentioned on Facebook in 2019 recording vocals for a project with Sherwood and Samzadeh, which she later referred to as the debut album by The Settlements.




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Sherwood works extensively with Dave Kerzner (worked with Steven Wilson, Jon Anderson), live and on albums. They are both in Arc of Life. Sherwood has guested on several of Kerzner's studio albums and also on Kerzner's Sonic Elements projects. See on the main page for details.

Billy also guested on the instrumental "The Answered Prayer" (3:37) on the 7-track Projekt Gemineye album, In the Year 3073 - Book II. (Lee Pomeroy also guested on the album.)

Marty Walsh (ex-The Key, ex-Supertramp, worked with Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, LeAnn Rimes, Freddie Jackson) is producing and performing on a covers album by singer Becca Levy, with Sherwood contributing bass.

Sherwood has recorded yet to be released material with the band Guild of Others, from Tom Wallace (drums) and Steve Potts (no relation; guitar). Wallace mentioned this on Facebook (see replies to this post) in Aug 2023.

Sherwood guests singing on the forthcoming third album from Treason, Stockwell Road. All instruments on the album are by Ted Stockwell (ex-White), who is also producing, engineering, mixing and mastering, with vocals mainly by Jason Ames Saunders. Ted Hunt also guests on vocals. Originally reported under the name Mindshifter, I asked Stockwell about it in Jun 2018 on Yesfans.com, who replied that it "has been complete since Feb 2016, however it has yet to be released pending a remaster. Hopefully out shortly!" (This project was previously reported back in 2013 as a Stockwell solo album.) To The New Yesfans.com in Jan 2022, he said "There's [...] a Treason album waiting in the wings".

Sherwood appeared on John Wetton's solo album Raised in Captivity, included in the An Extraordinary Life box: see details on main page.


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YES and projects with several Yesmen
Jon
Anderson
Chris
Squire
Steve
Howe
Alan
White
Geoff
Downes
Trevor
Horn
Tony
Kaye
Peter
Banks
Patrick
Moraz
Bill
Bruford
Rick
Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Jon Davison

Asia
CIRCA:
Anderson & Wakeman
Others associated with the band

Any news, additions or corrections, please e-mail Henry Potts. Thanks.