Acoustic Guitar & Lead Vocals on:
When award-winning Minnesota
singer/songwriter Bill Isles returned to his passion of songwriting
after a twenty-year hiatus to raise his family, he brought with him a
colorful palette of life experiences to draw from. His songs cover such
weighty subjects as child abandonment and the losses we each suffer; and
yet, always seem to hold out a hand of hope. His writing sometimes
reveals his joy of place. Live audiences regularly comment on the mental
and spiritual “journeys” they take while listening to his songs. His
passionate, insightful songs defy genre-tags. Many songs
are laced with a poignant respect for the magic of life; a reflection,
in part, on his brush with death in 1993...
... an event which was a major
catalyst in his return to music. Performing a show of his own songs only
since late winter of 2000, he has quickly become a well-known figure in
the Minnesota acoustic scene. In 2001, he won he Minnesota Folk
Festival’s New Folk Songwriting Contest from a field of fifty-five
He has opened shows for Vance
Gilbert, Christine Lavin, Buddy Mondlock and Carol Elliott.
debut CD, “Weightless”, is getting widespread accolades and features
accompanying performances by what the Duluth News-Tribune called “a
‘who’s who’ of regional musicians”. The CD features the duet,
“I Can’t Take You Home” (which was one of the Minnesota Folk
Festival winning songs) performed with friend and Minnesota Music
Academy Bluegrass Artist of the Year(2000 & 2001), Becky Schlegel.
The album contains ten other songs, all penned by Isles. He has, so far,
resisted co-writing, though he is a regular in the Nashville music
scene, performing at writers nights during his frequent visits.