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Bill Cantos

Bill Cantos, born in San Diego on Sept. 19, 1963, grew up listening to Pop, Broadway, Jazz, Latin and Gospel music. Bill studied at San Diego University and later received a Master's degree from New England Conservatory of Music. Bill got a chance to record with El DeBarge in 1988. Then, Bill Moved to Los Angeles in order to start his life as a professional musician there. Bill has performed and recorded with David Foster, Freddy Hubbard and Diane Schuur.
Bill released the album "Sibling Revelry" in 1988 and "Stronger" in 1991 under the name of the group "Sibling Revelry", a vocal and instrumental ensemble composed of Bill with his two sisters Rita and Roxanne. Bill also released his own first solo album titled "Brentwood Jazz - Bill Cantos Project" in 1992 from Brentwood Music as below-mentioned. In 1993, Bill recorded several tunes with Jay Graydon on Jay's incredible project album "Airplay For The Planet" and toured as the member of Jay's All Star Band in Japan and Scandinavia. Bill shows his excellent talent as a vocalist as well as a keyboard player at the performance with Jay Graydon to us!



  • Label : Brentwood Music CD-5250J
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Producers : himself
  • Musicians :
    • Guitars: Ramon Stagnaro, Brian Price
    • Bass: John Leftwich, Steve Bilman
    • Drums: Michael Shapiro, Doug Mathews
    • Background Vocals: Sibling Revelry (Rita Cantos Cartwright, Roxanne Cantos Fulkerson)
    • Sax and Flute: Justo Almario
    • Percussion: Scott Breadman
  • Tracks:
    1. A Mighty Fortless Is Our God
    2. I Surrender All
    3. My Jesus, I Love Thee
    4. You Are My Hiding Place
    5. Always Remember
    6. So Happy
    7. The Promise
    8. More Love To Thee
    9. Come Holy Sprit, Heavenly Dove

Bill Cantos Project




  • Label : Pioneer LDC, Japan (PICP-1051) / Pioneer Entertainment USA (PIO-CD-5158-2)
  • Release Date: June 28, 1995<Japan> / February, 2001 <USA>
  • Producers: Jay Graydon, Michael Shapiro, Bill Schnee, Ricky Lawson and himself.
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Michael Thompson, Pat Kelly, Carlos Rios, Richard Silveire, Tony Maiden
    • Bass: Keith Jones, Larry Kimpel, Abraham Laboriel, John Pena
    • Drums: Michael Shapiro, Ricky Lawson
    • Trumpet: Lee Thornburg
    • Percussion: Tina Curtis
    • Sax: Glen Garrett, Kirk Whalum, Scott Mayo, Justo Almario
    • Keyboard: Mari Falcone, James Raymond
    • Background Vocals: Kevyn Lettau, Arnold McCuller, Tommy Funderburk, Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Angela Carole Brown, Roxanne Catos Fulkerson, Debbie McClendon, Gene Miller, Natasha Pearce, Sharon Perry, Rick Riso, Deniece Williams
  • Tracks:
    1. Come Down (Two Words)
    2. Beautiful One
    3. Hearts Of Hearts
    4. Cool Drink Of Water
    5. Go 'way Moon
    6. Who Are You
    7. Love Is The Answer
    8. Daddy's Gonna Miss You
    9. Settlin' Down
    10. Endless Nights
    11. One More Stone
    12. What Would You Do For A King


Bill Cantos / Who Are You

-Original Japanese Version-

Bill Cantos / Who Are You (US Ver.)

- USA Version-


  • BE STILL MY SOUL - Piano solos -

  • Label : Haven Ministries, USA (CD Serial #: None)
  • Release Date: Autumn, 1999
  • Producer: himself
  • Tracks:
    1. Be Thou My Vision
    2. Take My Life
    3. I Sing Peace / Like A River Glorious
    4. Blessed Assurance / Morning Has Broken
    5. Nobody Else But You
    6. Be Still My Soul
    7. Great Is The Faithfulness
    8. Christos Anesti / Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
    9. Think About His Love
    10. Holy, Holy, Holy
    11. Amazing Grace

Bill Cantos / Be Still My Soul


  • Label : G.I.C. Productions <Bakery> (CD serinal number: none)
  • Release Date: April, 2000 (advance limited release)
  • Producers: Mari Falcone, Andy Waterman and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Pat Kelly, Ramon Stagnaro
    • Bass: Jerry Watts
    • Drums: Michael Shapiro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bill Maxwell
    • Trumpet: Lee Thornburg
    • Percussion: Michito Sanchez, Richie Gajate-Garcia
    • Sax: Kirk Whalum, Justo Almario
    • Flute: Justo Almario
    • Keyboard: Charles Williams, Mari Falcone,
    • Steel Guitar: Lauren Ellis
    • Background Vocals: Rose Stone, Alison Wedding, Mari Falcone, Debbie McClendon Smith
  • Tracks:
    1. New Red Coat
    2. You Can't Go Back (But You Can Go On)
    3. Give Me That Smile
    4. Precious
    5. Blue Intro
    6. The Deepest Blue
    7. Can I Help It
    8. My Dream About Ella
    9. Sweet And Lovely / Lady Be Good
    10. Perfect Day
    11. All This Love
    12. I'll See You Tonight
    13. Make The Storm Go Away
    14. Movie In The Night Sky
Bill Cantos / Movie In The Night Sky




  • Label: GIC Productions, USA (CD Serial #: none)
  • Release Date: July, 2002
  • Producers: Themselves
  • Bill Cantos: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards
  • Mari Falcone: Keyboards, Background Vocals
  • Musicians:
    • Guitar: Ramon Stagnaro
    • Bass: Jerry Watts
    • Percussion: Alex Acuna, Michito Sanchez
    • Background Vocals: Randy Crenshaw, Sharon Perry, Anna Vidito, Rachael Schunk, Alex Acuna, Jerry Watts
  • Tracks:
    1. Holy, Holy, Holy (instrumental) pt.1
    2. Embrace The Cross
    3. At Your Throne
    4. Pure And Holy (instrumental)
    5. All Creatures Of Our God And King
    6. Burn Away
    7. Pslam
    8. Galatians
    9. Nothing Can Separate Us
    10. Nothing Can Separate Us (instrumental)
    11. Pure And Holy
    12. How I Love To Hear From You/
    13. I Take My Rest
    14. Holy, Holy, Holy (instrumental) pt.2
    15. Revelation Song


Bill Cantos & Mari Falcone / Embrace ...




  • Label: Terminally Hip Productions & GIC Productions, USA (THP/GIC 1202)
  • Release Date: December, 2002
  • Producer: Tony Guerrero: Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • Bill Cantos: Keyboards, Vocals
  • Tracks:
    1. Deck The Hall
    2. Angels We Have Heard On High
    3. Away In A Manger
    4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
    5. Come, O Come Immanuel
    6. The Christmas Song
    7. What Child Is This?
    8. Harkl The Herald Angels Sing
    9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    10. Carol Of The Bells
    11. Silent Night
    12. Joy To The World
Tony Guerrero & Bill Cantos



  • JOY - a solo piano christmas

  • Label: Haven Ministries, USA (CD Serial #: DJY)
  • Release Date: November, 2003
  • Producer himself
  • Bill Cantos: Piano
  • Musicians:
    • Percussion: Michito Sanchez
  • Tracks:
    1. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
    2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    3. I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas
    4. Deck The Halls
    5. What Child Is This
    6. The Cherry Tree Carol
    7. I Wonder As I Wander
    8. The Little Drummer Boy
    9. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
    10. Angels From The Relams Of Glory / Angels We Have Heard On High
    11. Go Tell It On The Mountain / Joy To The World
    12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas / Here We Come A-caroling


Bill Cantos / Joy



  • Love Wins


    • Label: Label: GIC Productoins, USA
    • Release Date: June 2, 2006
    • Producers: Mari Falcone and himsel\f
    • Bill Canros: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards, Vibes
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Grant Geissman, Ramon Stagnaro, Pat Kelley
      • Bass: Braian Bromberg, Jerry Watts
      • Drums: John Ferraro, Michael Shapiro
      • Percussion: Michito Sanchez, Luis Conte, Michael Shapiro
      • Background Vocals: Dawn Bishop, Vikki Carr, Mari Falcone, Kevyn Lettau, Arnold McCuller, Sharon Perry, Michael Shapiro, Kirk Taylor

Bill Cantos / Love Wins


  • Tracks
    1. You've Got Me
    2. A Little Bit Of Help
    3. Do I Ever
    4. Who Are You
    5. Morning Coffee
    6. Love Wins
    7. Don't Say A Word
    8. Forgive Me In Advance
    9. Go 'Way Moon
    10. Avenue 18
    11. Summer Dream
    12. After You Say It's Over
    13. I Feel You



    • CD Single: Pioneer PICP-0006
    • Release Date: April 26, 1995
    • Remarks : This 5 inch CD Single includes 3 versions of "Love Is The Answer" and 2 versions of "Settlin' Down". (First Single from his solo album titled "Who Are You".)

    • CD Single: Pioneer PIDP-1010
    • Release Date: May 24, 1995

    • CD Single: Pioneer PIDP-1012
    • Release Date: November 22, 1995

Bill Cantos dedicates his talent as a keyboard player and/or a singer for many projects including his Haven Ministries albums. Besides those, he participates in Japanese oriented projects as below:

  • I Will Always Dream Of You
  • On Dit Que Es Primavera
    • From the album "Earth Tones- Aquos CM Songs " (Victor Entertainment , Japan VICP-63120)
    • Release Date: September 26, 2005
    • Remarks : The album "Earth Tones" is the TVcommercial film music collection CD for Sharp liquid monitor television Aquos
  • Milk
    • From the album "Noriyuki Makihara Songs From New York"(Avex Rush, Japan AVCF-26170/B)
    • Release Date: March 21, 2007
    • Remarks: This song is originally performed by the Japanese male pop singer named Noriyuki Makihara


SIBLING REVELRY - Christian Vocal Group featuring young Bill with Cantos Sisters

SIBLING REVERLRY released 2 cassette albums. The original version of "What Would You Do For A King" (Track12 of "Who Are You") appears on the "Sibling Revelry" album.


Sibling Reverly 1st


Sibling Reverly 2nd

  • Label : Erni Productions
  • Reissued CD: Cool Sound, Japan <COOL-017>
  • Release Year: 1988 (Reissue: December 25, 1998)
  • Tracks:
    1. So Happy
    2. Victory
    3. Wait On The Wind
    4. Hand In Hand In Hand
    5. I Take My Rest
    6. Sing It Our Loud
    7. What Would You Do For A King?
    8. High Places
    9. The Lord Is My Rock
    10. There Is Jesus (Bonus Track only for reissued CD)
    11. I Will Sing Unto The Lord (Bonus Track only for reissued CD)
    12. Give Me The Light Of Jesus (Bonus Track only for reissued CD)
    13. So Happy - Reprise
  • Label : Erni Productions
  • Reissue CD: Cool Sound, Japan <COOL-018>
  • Release Date: December 25, 1998 (Original Release: 1991)
  • Supported Musicians:
    • Guitars: Brian Price, George Krischke, Robert Cartwright
    • Acoustic Guitar: Peter Sprague
    • Bass: Steve Billman, Abraham Laboriel
    • Drums:Brad Kaiser, Ronnie Gutierrez
    • Drum Programming: Doug Mathews
    • Sax: Justo Almario
    • Percussion: Richie Garcia, Scitt Breadman
    • Rhythm Arrangement: David Huff
  • Tracks:
    1. Trust In The Lord
    2. I Will Hold You Up
    3. He Told Us
    4. Warrior Prelude
    5. The Weakest Warrior
    6. Consider The Great Love
    7. You Know Me
    8. Interlude
    9. Jonah
    10. Father, I Need You
    11. Consider Once More
    12. From Where I Stand
    13. He Is Worthy


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