Willis Earl Beal is a Chicago born artist and musician. His music is mostly blues, R&B, gospel and folk influenced. Beal participated in auditions for Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor' television show, but dropped out of the "boot-camp" stage of the competition. In 2012, Beal signed a recording contract with Hot Charity, an imprint of independent record label, XL Recordings. Beal's first single for the labels, "Evening's Kiss" was released on February 17, 2012 and the accompanying music video was illustrated by Beal. Beal's debut album, entitled Acousmatic Sorcery was released on April 2, 2012. His sophomroe album, titled Nobody Knows, was released on September 10, 2013. Beal also stars in a film entitled 'MEMPHIS' directed by Tim Sutton that was premiered at the 2013 Venice film festival. In 2013, Willis Earl Beal toured with a full live band using the title 'The Church of Nobody'.