William’s single biggest musical influence is undoubtedly the great Neil Diamond. William always tells the story that Neil Diamond happened to be his vocal teacher, without him knowing it. In William’s early life as performer, he was renowned for performing the songs of Neil Diamond, but he stopped altogether, in order to develop his own musical identity. Many years later, in 2018, the news broke that Neil Diamond was not able to perform live any longer, because of medical reasons. William decided that it was time to bring the songs of Neil Diamond to the stage once more — as a tribute.
The show tells the story of one of the greatest entertainers of the last 50 years’ profound influence on the life of a young South African boy on the other side of the world. The carefully selected Neil Diamond songs are all William’s favourites and also the favourites of millions of others across the world. William’s stories are very personal and it leaves the audience with a sense of nostalgia.