Premiere: “Texas” by William Robert

A bluesy, R&B ode to the lone star state from a former NFL player.

William Robert (Credit: Molly DeCoudreaux)

With its background harmonies, piano melodies, and redemptive qualities, William Robert’s first single, “Texas,” could very well be a gospel song. Of course, it’s not — it’s more R&B, with a hint of blues — but it just goes to show you how creative and out-of-the-box Robert is willing to be.

In fact, Robert is daring outside of just his music. The Bay Area-based singer is a former NFL player for the Detroit Lions and the UT Longhorns, who has only recently turned his attention to music.

“Texas” is a bluesy ode to the state where Robert grew up, that features perfectly placed instrumentals and some brutally raw vocals from the singer.

“I wanted to highlight the place where so many of my memories, friends, wins, and losses took place,” Robert says. “I’ll never be the same because of growing up there. The Bay Area may be my future, but Texas was the beginning — and so is this single.”

Following “Texas,” premiered today on SF Weekly, Robert will release one new single every Friday, some of which include features from The Park, vocalist Claire George of San Francisco’s Heartwatch, and Gospel singer Nona Brown.

Stay tuned for more news and releases from Robert.

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