Where are they now? - Billy Sherwood

This page last updated: 14 Oct 2020

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

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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. Following John Wetton's death, he also joined Asia: see under Asia for details. Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye continue as CIRCA:, they are planning a new album: covered on its own page. He is also in Arc of Life with Jon Davison and Jay Schellen: see the main page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sherwood is doing online clinics and teaching, as he explains in this Apr 2020 Facebook post and this one, but most of all this one.

On 6 Jan 2016 on Facebook, Sherwood said, "Starting a new project on Thursday [7 Jan 2016] that I wish I could speak publicly about. All I can say is WOW !!! Once I'm in a bit deeper in I shall ask the powers that be if I can go public". It is unknown what this was or whether it is connected to any of the below. I have no idea whether this is related, but in a Jul 2019 interview, he said, "there's some interesting new projects brewing, which I'm not at liberty to discuss[,] but there's going to be some really interesting music coming in the future through that relationship [with Derek Shulman (ex-Gentle Giant, worked with Yes in a management role)]. Derek's involved with the management component and stuff of this new project I'm working on. [...] It's kind of a covert op, so I can't really talk about it."

Solo work
Sherwood is 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".

A sequel to 2015's Citizen (details in the Yescography), Citizen—In the Next Life (Frontiers) came out 26 Jun 2019 in Japan and 12 Jul elsewhere. In early Jan 2018, he mentioned on Facebook working on a new song called "Sky Writer". The next month, he described on Facebook recording drums himself for what was then called Citizen 2. Asked about it in a mid-Mar 2018 interview, Sherwood replied, "I'm writing feverishly. The whole album is basically written and I'm now working on the production side. I've tracked all the drums myself, and got all the tracks cut. I'm sprinkling overdubs on things now. It's sounding really cool as a really interesting collection of songs and ideas about where the Citizen character is now." On 3 Apr 2018, he announced on Facebook that he had started mixing the album, including a song entitled "Sophia" about the robot of the same name, saying, "The song speaks to the uneasy nature of the Human to A.I. Relationship.... the more human they become the more mankind has to rethink its own position." The next day, he was mixing "Monet", about the painter. 6 May, he was mixing "Sailing the Seas" about Christopher Columbus. He announced he had "Just finished mixing" the album on 10 May, with the title In the Next Life.

Unlike the multiple guest appearances of the first, this album was an entirely solo project. This sequel, and doing it all alone, was suggested by the label; Sherwood said in a Jul 2019 interview that he's up for further Citizen albums. Sherwood said in a Jul 2019 interview: "I think Yes fans who buy the album will understand the last track being "Amazing Grace" was Chris' solo piece during the 80s. And so I remade "Amazing Grace" in that style that Chris did and then just altered the words to sort of represent his passing, if you will. And in that way, he sort of bookends these two records. He's on the first track on the first album and is on the last track on the last one."


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Back in Sep 2016 on Facebook, Sherwood described working on a song entitled "Until Further Notice", also the working title for a solo album. This seems to be a different project to Citizen 2. Another song is "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.

In May 2020 on Facebook, Sherwood described producing, writing and playing (including bass) a third Prog Collective album, with guests including Jon Davison, Patrick Moraz, Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis, ex-GTR, ex-Squackett), Todd Rundgren, Geoff Tate, Arjen Lucassen, L Shankar (worked with Frank Zappa), and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Asia). In a 4 Jul 2020 interview, Sherwood said he was currently working on the project and was about to start mixing. One song is "World's on Hold" about the COVID-19 pandemic, sung by Rundgren, with Shankar on violin; Sherwood described mixing the song in early Aug. The album will contain 6 originals and 4 covers.

Late Sep 2015, Sherwood announced that he is working on another project, Earth and Science, consisting of 5 original songs by Sherwood and 5 covers, again to feature an array of guests. He said on 24 Sep 2015: "Back in studio production mode [...] It's early going but everything is tracked already, now I'm filling in the guest slots". However, further news of this project did not follow.

Project with Ciago & Goodsall
On 9 Jun 2015, Ronnie Ciago (ex-CIRCA:, worked with Brand X, Patrick Moraz, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Ward, Mick Taylor) announced on Facebook that he was recording that week a project with himself (drums, composing), Sherwood (bass, composing), John Goodsall (ex-Brand X; guitar, composing) and Franz Pusch (ex-Brand X; keys, engineer, producer). I presume this either was or was related to what became Pusch's album Lustig and Munter, released Jul 2016; tracks:

  1. "Honing Stoned" (4:55), with Goodsall
  2. "Unfiltered Sue Itch" (5:19)
  3. "Lustig and Munter" (7:19), with Goodsall & Kofi Baker
  4. "Lose the Cannon" (1:09)
  5. "Off Brand" (6:36), with Jerry Goodman, Goodsall, Sherwood, Ciago
Dance music for Cleopatra Records
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.

Tribute albums & related
Sherwood's A Prog Rock Christmas is covered on the main page given Davison and Moraz guest.

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
Tony Kaye, Sherwood and Jay Schellen finished off an incomplete Peter Banks recording for the new compilation of his music, Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology. All 3 also guested on Crossover by David Cross & Peter Banks. See under Banks for details.

Sherwood sang lead vocals for "The Covid Kid", a comedy education song (in the style of Steely Dan) by The Fabiani Bros. for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund (to help musicians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). The Fabiana Bros. are Steve Porcaro (Toto, worked with Yes, Conspiracy) and David Kamp. The music was written by Porcaro and the lyrics by Kamp. Guitars were by Denny Dias (ex-Steely Dan) and Marc Bonilla (worked with Keith Emerson, Eddie Jobson), drums by Shannon Forrest (Toto) and keys by Porcaro. The song was produced by Porcaro/Kamp, and mixed by Mike Ging. The accompanying video was produced and directed by Ted Kamp.

Sherwood has also done a remake of The Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me" at Alan and Gigi White's request. The song is being used as for a public service film by Newcastle, WA Police Department.

Sherwood and Jon Davison may join Leon Alvarado for a new project called White Car: see details on main page.

Sherwood is producing his partner, Elisa Furr's debut album. Late Nov 2018, they wrote "Step Out of the Shadows", the first song for it, as shown on Facebook. Furr, singing lead vocals, played a Las Vegas "birthday bash" on 12 Apr 2019. The set included "Tell Me Something Good" with Sherwood (bass), Kenny Davidsen (keys, vocals), Jason Ebs (guitar, vocals), Janea Chadwick Ebsworth (vocals) and Scott Bihlman (drums). Furr's Tribute to Celine [Dion] show is available for booking, with a backing band of Sherwood, Schellen, Guy Allison (World Trade) and John Thomas (worked with Vixen).

In Aug 2019, Sherwood was mixing a release by AmuZeum.

Scott Walton, who was in Sherwood's live band for 2016 shows, uploaded a video to YouTube of a song called "The Last Flame" in Apr 2018, written by himself and Sherwood, performed by Walton (keys, vocals) and Sherwood (drums, bass, guitar), mixed by Walton and produced by Sherwood. In Jun 2019, Walton uploaded another, "One Step Back", with both Sherwood (on at least guitar, I think) and Tony Kaye (keys).

Sherwood guests on David Minasian's The Sound of Dreams (Golden Robot). The album is by D Minasian (worked with Justin Hayward, Camel, Andy Latimer; piano, Mellotron, harpsichord, keys, vocals) and Justin Minasian (guitars; David's son) with guests Sherwood (bass on 4 tracks), Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis, ex-GTR, ex-Squackett), Annie Haslam (Renaissance) and Geof O'Keefe (Pentagram; drums). Songs include a 10 minute opener co-written with Hayward (Haslam on vocals), a song written by D Minasian/Haslam, and another by D Minasian/Hackett. The album was mooted as being due Oct 2018, but was delayed until Aug 2020. A first single, "So Far from Home" (5:15) featuring PJ Olsson (works with Alan Parsons), was released May 2020. This was performed by D Minasian (keys, 12-string guitar, backing vocals), J Minasian (guitars), O'Keefe (drums) and Olsson (lead vocals). The second single is "The Sound of Dreams (Third Movement)", out 10 Aug, co-written by D Minasian/Hackett, with Hackett, Sherwood and O'Keefe. The album's title track is overall 11 minutes long and also includes Haslam. Details in Yescography.

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 and Oliver Wakeman both appear on the new album from John Holden. See details on main page.

Sherwood returns to appear on the fourth album from Vincenzo Ricca's The Rome Pro(g)ject, entitled IV - Beaten Paths Different Ways (TRP Records, CDALB04), released 7 Dec 2020, with pre-orders (including a bonus CD of Ricca's Chronos) shipping 7 Nov. The band are Ricca (keys, vocals, bass), Sherwood (bass, drums), Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis, ex-GTR, ex-Squackett; electric guitar), Bernardo Lanzetti (vocals), Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan; bass), John Hackett (worked with Steve Hackett; flute), David Jackson (saxes, flute), David Cross (ex-King Crimson, worked with Peter Banks; electric violin) and Nick Magnus (piano, keys), with Daniele Pomo (drums), Roberto Vitelli (bass, Moog Taurus), Franck Carducci (12 string guitar, bass), Paolo Ricca (electric guitar), Jerry Cutillo (flute), Giorgio Clementelli (acoustic guitar), Mauro Montobbio (electric and classic guitars), Luca Grosso (drums), Lorenzo Feliciati (bass), Riccardo Romano (piano), Danilo Chiarella (bass), Maurizio Mriabelli (drums), Jo Lehmann Hackett and Francesco Di Giacomo.

Summer 2015, Sherwood talked of working with William Shatner again. This was for a cover of "Garbage Man" for a forthcoming Dr Demento tribute album. Asked about a follow-up to Ponder the Mystery, in an Oct 2015 interview, Sherwood said, "At present, this is indeed a rumor. Shatner is always incredibly busy, and my schedule's a little hectic a present. Those two factors combined make it difficult to foresee. That's [sic] said, I love Bill and would work with him again in a heartbeat." Ben Craven's 2016 album Last Chance to Hear includes vocals by Shatner on the track "Spy in the Sky Part 3", the vocals being produced and engineered by Sherwood.

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, who have previously worked with The Pineapple Thief. Sherwood is again co-writing/producing/arranging 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 now out digitally (on Bandcamp or Amazon UK), on CD and vinyl. The band is self-releasing the album: the LP release, a 180g colour or black 2LP, is dependent on sufficient pre-orders. A loose concept album, tracks include "Giant" and "The Common Thread" (written by Sherwood). Sherwood performs drums, bass and vocals, and the album also includes two guests: Colin Moudling (ex-XTC) sings lead and co-wrote lyrics on "Goes by Gravity"; and Durga McBroom (works with Dave Kerzner, worked with Pink Floyd) provides vocals on "Witness the End of the World". In promo for the album, Samzadeh said he was now also working on "a side project with Billy Sherwood". Sherwood said in a Jan 2019 interview that he is producing a solo album by Samzadeh.

Sherwood, Samzadeh and Zal Cleminson (ex-Nazareth) all guest on Stewart Clark's And Then There was Me..., released 1 Nov 2019 on Bandcamp digitally and, with an additional track, on CD. The album was produced by Clark and John Hannon. Sherwood at least plays bass on "A Drive to the Ocean", which was also included on the cover disc of the Jun 2020 issue of Prog (#110).




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Sherwood has been working with the Sonic Reality music software development company, founded by Dave Kerzner (working with Steven Wilson, worked with Jon Anderson), including with Sonic Elements, a.k.a. the Sonic Reality Progressive Rock Project. The project entails plans to release various pieces of music with various guests, some covers (including of Yes, Genesis and Rush), some original, but where some of the instrumental tracks are also available through Sonic Reality's sample libraries. With other Yesmen involved, see on the main page for details. Sherwood was also on Kerzner's solo albums New World and Static. In a Feb 2019 Instagram post, Kerzner said, "Making more plans to work with Billy Sherwood this year [2019] including some live shows." In Jun 2019 came news of a new project with Sherwood and Jon Davison, see on the main page for details.

Sherwood plays on The McBroom Sisters' Black Floyd, also involving Kerzner. The McBroom Sisters are Durga and Lorelei McBroom, who both worked with Pink Floyd. The album mixes Pink Floyd covers and original material co-written with Jon Carin (worked with Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Bryan Ferry, The Psychedelic Furs), Guy Pratt (worked with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Bryan Ferry, Madonna, Sophie Ellis-Bextor), Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Paul Litteral (worked with The Power Station), Kerzner and others. The McBroom sisters sing lead and backing vocals, with further vocals from Kerzner, Louise Goffin, Lara Smiles and Emily Lynn. Performing are Sherwood (guitars), David Domminney Fowler (The Australian Pink Floyd Show; guitars, keys, drums), Fernando Perdomo (works with Kerzner, The New Empire; guitars, bass), Randy McStine (works with Kerzner; guitars), Steve McElroy (guitars), Kerzner (keys), Carin (keys), Jason Sawford (keys), Dave Innis (keys), Paul Grant (keys), Ricky Howard (bass), Derek Cintron (drums), Paul Bonney (drums), Litteral (trumpet), Mike Kidson (sax) and Lili Haydn (violin). The album also uses the Sonic Reality Nick Mason Drums library. The album was mixed and mastered by Fowler, with additional recording, mixing and editing by Kerzner, Tom Lord-Alge and Zach Ziskin. It was co-produced by the McBrooms, Fowler and Kerzner, with executive producers Roberto Zaninelli and Marc Balet. Tracks:

  1. "Gods and Lovers" [D McBroom/Carin] (6:22)
  2. "Money Don't Make the Man" [L McBroom/Paul Litteral/Mike Dino Campbell] (5:35)
  3. "Wish You were Here" (5:21), Pink Floyd cover
  4. "What Do You Want from Me" (4:18), Pink Floyd cover
  5. "Love of a Lifetime" [D McBroom/David Barratt] (4:15)
  6. "Poles Apart" (7:03), Pink Floyd cover
  7. "Have a Cigar" (7:23), Pink Floyd cover
  8. "Goodbye Blue Sky" (3:06), Pink Floyd cover
  9. "A Girl Like That"[D McBroom/Pratt] (5:55)
  10. "On the Turning Away" (5:58), Pink Floyd cover
  11. "The Great Gig in the Sky" (4:37), Pink Floyd cover
  12. "Forgotten How to Smile" [L McBroom/Kilmister] (6:13)
  13. "Intermission" (0:39)
  14. "Cocoon" [D McBroom/Kerzner] (9:07)

The album is available digitally from Bandcamp, with a physical release forthcoming.

Sherwood and older brother Michael guested on Kurt Michaels' forthcoming Stones from the Garden. Billy is on 2 tracks and the late M Sherwood is on 3. The title track features Michaels (Facebook, Soundcloud), the Sherwoods and Len Szymanski. A first single, "Relax...Nothing's Under Control!", has been made available online, with a video on YouTube. The song was performed by Michaels (guitar, vocals), B Sherwood (vocals), Szymanski (drums, percussion), Annie Carlson (vocals), Jeffrey Abbott (piano), Chris Ussery (keys), Dennis Johnson (bass), and Amanda Lehmann (works with Steve Hackett; vocals). Michaels said on Yesfans.com that, "the plan is to release a few singles to raise the money to manufacture some cd and vinyl versions."

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.

In late Jul 2014, Sherwood described on Facebook beginning to produce and engineer a new band, Dolan Brotherhood. The band is Arnold Sears (vocals), James Brady (ex-New Day Mile; guitar, vocals), Dave Garcia (ex-New Day Mile; bass) and Raul Guzman (ex-New Day Mile; drums). They released the 6-track Love and Hurricanes on 18 Aug 2015, with pre-production by Sherwood, Alan Sanderson (worked with Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Ricky Martin) producing/engineering and Tom Wallace on drums. Brady explained in a Nov 2015 interview: "we actually tracked a record with [Sherwood]. It turned out we wanted to make two different records. We parted a bit acrimoniously, but upon Chris Squire's passing, Billy and I connected again through email." Garcia added, "Billy had a specific vision and definitely offered input... [he] helped me adjust some of my parts to fit the songs better, which I appreciated and carried over into the final tracking with Alan. I got to use one of Chris Squire's basses during pre-production tracking, and even got interrupted a couple of times by [Squire] calling Billy, so I looked at it as some extra mojo."

Sherwood was reportedly guesting singing on the forthcoming third album from the band Treason. All instruments on the album are by Ted Stockwell (ex-White), who is also producing, engineering, mixing and mastering, with vocals 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, "The album, renamed Stockwell Road, 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.)

Sherwood and Chas Sandford are producing tracks on a forthcoming solo album by Mike Tiano, who is known to Yes fans for his work for many years on Notes from the Edge and formerly with the YesWorld website.

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


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Banks
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Bruford
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Sherwood
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Oliver Wakeman

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