Billy Sherwood

William Wyman Sherwood (born March 14, 1965, Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American musician, record producer, and mixing engineer.

Billy Sherwood
Birth nameWilliam Wyman Sherwood
Born (1965-03-14) March 14, 1965 (age 55)[1]
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada
GenresProgressive rock, hard rock, pop rock
Occupation(s)Musician, engineer, producer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals, guitar, drums
Years active1980–present
LabelsFrontiers Records, Cleopatra Records, Cherry Red Records
Associated actsYes, Conspiracy, Lodgic, Toto, Circa, World Trade, Air Supply, Yoso, Chris Squire, Carmine Appice, Edgar Winter, William Shatner, Nektar, Paul Rodgers, Great White, Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, Steve Morse, Rick Wakeman, Dale Bozzio, Asia

He is mostly known for his time as a member of progressive rock band Yes as a guitarist and keyboardist from 1997 to 2000, including for their albums Open Your Eyes (1997) and The Ladder (1999). He re-joined Yes in 2015, covering for (and eventually replacing) original bassist Chris Squire who was on hiatus from the band due to health issues shortly before his death on 27 June 2015. He was asked by Squire, before his passing, to replace him and keep Yes going.[2] He is known for working with former and current Yes members in other capacities as well.

In addition to his involvement with Yes, he is the frontman of progressive rock groups World Trade, Circa and formerly Lodgic.

In 2017, he joined Asia alongside Yes bandmate Geoff Downes after the death of original singer and bassist John Wetton. He is also a solo artist, having released ten studio albums to date.



Sherwood comes from a musical family which includes his father Bobby Sherwood, who was an actor, musician, and big band leader, his mother Phyllis, a singer and drummer, and brother Michael. His godfather is the late Milton Berle.


Sherwood's music career started when he joined a band called Lodgic formed by Michael. Billy played bass and sang, while Michael played keyboards and sang back up. Lodgic also included Guy Allison on keyboards, Jimmy Haun on guitar and Gary Starns on drums. They eventually moved the band to Los Angeles in 1980. After many years of trying to get things together[ambiguous], they recorded their debut album Nomadic Sands, released in 1985.

World TradeEdit

Lodgic eventually broke up, and Billy Sherwood put together a new band with Guy Allison. They recruited guitarist Bruce Gowdy and drummer Mark T. Williams to form World Trade. They recorded their self-titled debut in 1989, with Sherwood taking on the roles of engineer, mixer, and producer again, along with his band duties as bassist and lead singer.

Yes and other projectsEdit

Sherwood (right) with Chris Squire in Yes, 1994

Then, Sherwood and Gowdy were asked to come and jam with Chris Squire, Alan White, and Tony Kaye of Yes. Singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Trevor Rabin had left the band and the idea was for Sherwood and Gowdy to replace them in the band. Rabin returned to the band, and demos were recorded by a line-up of Squire, White, Kaye, Rabin and Sherwood. However, Yes were to merge with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and Sherwood was relegated to the role of side musician, appearing on one track of the subsequent album Union. Like Trevor Horn before him, Sherwood was uncomfortable with the idea of replacing Anderson as the front man of Yes, but he struck up a friendship with Squire that would lead him to work with him throughout the next 20 years.

During the hiatus of Yes, Squire put together the Chris Squire Experiment, having Sherwood as the lead singer while playing some guitar and keyboards. Sherwood then went on to record a project called The Key with guitarist Marty Walsh, though they would not release the album until 1997.

Behind the board, Sherwood worked with Motörhead, Dangerous Toys, and Paul Rodgers (formerly of Bad Company) as producer and engineer. Sherwood also guested on Toto's Kingdom of Desire album, singing and playing bass. He also produced a couple of tribute albums, including Jeffology, a tribute to Jeff Beck. Sherwood then joined Yes on tour as an additional musician, playing guitar and keyboards for their tour in support of Talk.

Sherwood got back together with his bandmates from World Trade and released Euphoria in 1995, with Jay Schellen replacing Williams on drums. After this, he worked with a multitude of artists. Most of his work was as producer, mixer and engineer, including on more tribute albums: Dragon Attack, a tribute to Queen; Salute to AC/DC; and Crossfire, a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Sherwood would co-produce, engineer and mix the new studio tracks for Yes's Keys to Ascension and Keys to Ascension 2 albums. Sherwood started work on a third album by World Trade, but the band would fall apart. He would later use much of that material as his debut solo album The Big Peace,[citation needed] released in 1999.

After the two Keys to Ascension albums, Rick Wakeman left Yes. Sherwood's friendship with Chris Squire would then lead him being asked to join the band again. The material that they had written together was used as the basis of what would become Open Your Eyes, released in 1997 by Yes. Sherwood played guitar and keyboards. Igor Khoroshev would join the band before the tour as the keyboardist leaving Sherwood to playing guitar and supplying backing vocals.

After the tour, Sherwood and Yes returned to the studio to record The Ladder. During this time too, Sherwood and Squire started putting the finishing touches on their album Conspiracy, largely based on the Chris Squire Experiment material, which was released while Yes was on tour in support of The Ladder in 2000. Billy also took time to perform on his brother Michael's album Tangletown, released in 1999.

Yes recorded a show during The Ladder tour in Sherwood's hometown of Las Vegas at the House of Blues. This was released as an album and DVD titled House of Yes. Then after the tour, an announcement came that Sherwood was no longer a member of Yes.

After his departure from Yes, Sherwood worked with Chris Squire to release the album Conspiracy, which includes some work they composed together some years before. Following that, Sherwood composed his first solo album called The Big Peace in which he played most of the instruments and also produced. The album was a sort of back to basics of his progressive roots.[citation needed]

In 2003, Sherwood released The Unknown, another album with Chris Squire as Conspiracy.

More recently, Sherwood has been working on further tribute albums, notably Back Against the Wall and Return to the Dark Side of the Moon, tributes to Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon respectively. The latter includes a new track recorded with Tony Kaye.

In 2007, a new band with Sherwood, Alan White, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haun was announced, called Circa. With the release of their debut album Circa 2007 and a live DVD concert, Circa has played various live dates. White left the band and was replaced by Jay Schellen.

Sherwood is also credited for writing the theme song for the online anime series, Kung Fu Jimmy Chow.[3]

In August 2008, Billy Sherwood's released his third solo album, At the Speed of Life, for which he received an award that year as the best Progressive Rock Producer.[citation needed]

On January 14, 2009, Circa self-released on the Internet its second studio album, Circa HQ. This time, White was not available due to his commitments with Yes (who had begun a new tour). Sherwood's long time friend, collaborator and drummer, Jay Schellen, replaced White on the album. After a short international tour, Sherwood and co. started another project with former Toto singer, Bobby Kimball. Kimball, Sherwood, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haun formed new band, Yoso, with a debut studio album in April 2009. Haun later abandoned the line-up (in order to focus on his work for adverts). He was replaced by Yes tribute band guitarist, Johnny Bruhns. Schellen chose to focus on his work in Asia Featuring John Payne and, after a number of other drummers, the band toured with Scott Connor on drums. Yoso then disbanded. Sherwood also released his fourth solo album, Oneirology.

In 2011, Circa returned with a new line-up of Sherwood, Kaye, Bruhns and Connor, while Sherwood released his fifth solo album, What was the Question?. In 2012, Sherwood wrote, produced, arranged and performed on The Prog Collective, an album featuring vocal or instrumental contributions from many of the progressive rock artists he had worked with over the years. He reprised the concept with a similar collection of artists for Epilogue, released in 2013.

On October 8, 2013, they released the official video to William Shatner's record Ponder The Mystery, followed by a sold-out tour with Circa. Ponder The Mystery also features appearances of Steve Vai, Robby Krieger, Al Di Meola, George Duke, Vince Gill, Dave Koz, Rick Wakeman and Edgar Winter. He also played with Alan Parsons Project.

Sherwood appeared along with William Shatner in the Season 14 premiere of Hell's Kitchen where they met blue team as part of their reward for winning the signature dish challenge.

On May 19, 2015, it was officially announced that Chris Squire would be undergoing treatment for Acute erythroid leukemia, and that Yes would continue their 2015 North American tour with Sherwood filling Squire's role.[4] After Squire's passing on June 27, 2015, Sherwood (along with other former and current members of Yes) made a public statement expressing his grief. In regards to his new role as the now-permanent bassist for Yes: "Chris said to me, 'play the music, be yourself and make me proud'. It's my true desire now [to] live up to his wishes."[5]

On July 8, 2016, Sherwood re-grouped with Circa to release their fourth album titled Valley Of The Windmill.

On 11 January 2017, it was announced that Sherwood would be filling in on bass and lead vocals for John Wetton for tour dates in the spring of 2017 while Wetton underwent chemotherapy,[6] having been chosen by Wetton himself. Wetton died on 31 January 2017 and the tour went forward with Sherwood. In 2019, Asia's line-up changed with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal joining on guitar and lead vocals and Sherwood remaining on just bass and backing vocals.

In 2017, Sherwood reunited with World Trade to record a third album titled Unify, which was released on August 4, 2017.

On May 20, 2019, it was announced that Sherwood was working on his tenth solo album, titled Citizen: In The Next Life, which was released on July 12, 2019.[7]

In May 2019, Billy and his partner Elisa Furr, along with Jay Schellen, Guy Allison and John Thomas (who has worked with Vixen) formed a new band together featuring Furr on vocals.[8]


Sherwood mainly plays Carvin guitars, 6- and 12-string; his main guitar, which he's played since his first stint in Yes, is a red Carvin, Telecaster-shaped, with a Roland V-guitar pickup. His acoustic guitars are made by Babicz. He uses Line 6 amplifiers with 4x12" cabinets.[9]

As a bassist, Sherwood plays Spector basses through Tech-21 amps with 2-4X12" cabinets.[10] He has previously played Kubicki, Tobias, Fender and Turner basses.[11]


Solo albumsEdit

  • The Big Peace (1999)
  • No Comment (2003)
  • At the Speed of Life (2008)
  • Oneirology (2010)
  • What Was the Question? (2011)
  • The Art of Survival (2012)
  • Divided by One (2014)
  • Collection (2015), compilation with two exclusive tracks
  • Archived (2015), album sold at Yes concerts during their 2015 tour, availability on Sherwood's website in 2016
  • Citizen (2015)
  • Citizen: In The Next Life (2019)

With World TradeEdit

  • World Trade (1989)
  • Euphoria (1995)
  • Unify (2017) [12]

With LodgicEdit

  • Nomadic Sands (1985)

With YesEdit

With ConspiracyEdit

  • Conspiracy (2000)
  • The Unknown (2003)

With CircaEdit

  • Circa 2007 (2007)
  • Circa Live (2009, + DVD 2008)
  • Circa HQ (2009)
  • Overflow (2009)
  • And So On (2011)
  • Live From Here There & Everywhere (2013)
  • Valley Of The Windmill (2016)

With The Prog CollectiveEdit

  • The Prog Collective (2012)
  • Epilogue (2013)

With YosoEdit

  • Elements (2010)

With Light Freedom RevivalEdit

  • Eterniverse Deja Vu (2017)
  • Truthonomy (2018)

Solo production creditsEdit

  • Back Against The Wall (2005)
  • Return to the Dark Side of the Moon (2006)
  • Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp (2012)

Other appearancesEdit

  • Deep PurpleSlaves and Masters (1990)
  • YesYesyears (1991)
  • YesUnion (1991)
  • Regulators – The Regulators (1991)
  • TotoKingdom of Desire (1992)
  • MotörheadMarch ör Die (1992)
  • Air SupplyThe Vanishing Race (1993)
  • Paul RodgersMuddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (1993)
  • Dangerous ToysPissed (1994)
  • Various Artists – Supper's Ready (1995)
  • Various Artists – The Moon Revisited (1995)
  • Various Artists – Tales From Yesterday (1995)
  • Pam Thum – Faithful (1995)
  • Air SupplyNews from Nowhere (1995)
  • YesKeys to Ascension (1996)
  • Def LeppardAll I Want Is Everything (1996)
  • Various Artists – Crossfire: A Salute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996)
  • YesKeys to Ascension (1997)
  • Various Artists – Dragon Attack: A Tribute To Queen (1997)
  • Paul RodgersChronicle (1997)
  • The Key – The World is Watching (1997)
  • Treason – Treason (1997)
  • RattCollage (1997)
  • Carmine AppiceGuitar Zeus (1997)
  • Flambookey – Flambookey (1997)
  • Various Artists – Thunderbolt-A Tribute To AC/DC (1998)
  • Michael SherwoodTangletown (1998)
  • Regulators – Bar & Grill (1998)
  • Quiet RiotAlive and Well (1999)
  • Carmine AppiceGuitar zeus: Japan (2000)
  • YesKeystudio (2001)
  • Fear FactoryDigimortal (2001)
  • Carmine AppiceGuitar Zeus: Korea (2002)
  • Jack Russell – For You (2002)
  • Todd RundgrenTodd Rundgren And His Friends (2002)
  • Medwyn Goodball – Anam Cara
  • Various Artists – Pigs & Pyramids-An All Star Lineup Performing The Songs of Pink Floyd (2002)
  • Ignition – Ignition (2003)
  • Various Artists – Bat Head Soup-A Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne (2003)
  • AsiaSilent Nation (2004)
  • John 5Vertigo (2004)
  • Larry Klimas – Retro-Spec(t) (2004)
  • Michael SchenkerHeavy Hitters (2005)
  • Various Artists – Back Against The Wall (2005)
  • Edgar WinterThe Better Deal (2006)
  • Various Artists – Return to the Dark Side of the Moon (2006)
  • Various Artists – An '80s Metal Tribute To Journey (2006)
  • Various Artists – Lights Out: The Ultimate Tribute To UFO (2006)
  • Various Artists – An All-Star Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd (2007)
  • Graham Russell – The Future (2007)
  • Hollywood Roses – Dopesnake (2007)
  • Various Artists – 70's Box: The Sound Of A Decade (2007)
  • Julie Francis – Lucky Penny (2008)
  • Various Artists – Led Box: The Ultimate Tribute To Led Zeppelin (2008)
  • Various Artists – Big Movies, Big Music Volume 1 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Big Networks, Big Music Volume 2 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Big Networks, Big Music Volume 9 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Ultimate Holiday Party Volume 1 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Ultimate Christmas Party Volume 2 (2008)
  • Various Artists – Ultimate Christmas Party Volume 3 (2008)
  • Various Artists – A Tribute To Thin Lizzy (2008)
  • Various Artists – Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles (2009)
  • Eureka – Shackleton's Voyage (2009)
  • Various Artists – An All-Star Salute to Christmas (2010)
  • Nigel Briggs – Unwind (2010)
  • Mars Hollow – World in Front of Me (2011)
  • John WettonRaised in Captivity (2011)
  • Flaming Row – Elinoire (2011)
  • Michael Schenker GroupBy Invitation Only
  • Sonic ElementsXYZ—A Tribute to Rush (2012)
  • Jay Tausig – Pisces (2012)
  • Various Artists – Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp (2012)
  • Various Artists – Black on Blues – A Tribute to The Black Keys (2012)
  • The Fusion Syndicate – The Fusion Syndicate (2012)
  • Edison's Lab – Edison's Lab EP (2012)
  • BlackburnerPlanet Earth Attack (2012)
  • NektarA Spoonful of Time (2012)
  • NektarTime Machine (2013)
  • Days Between StationsIn Extremis (2013)
  • Sons of HippiesGriffones at the Gates of Heaven (2013)
  • William ShatnerPonder The Mystery (2013)
  • Dale Bozzio/Missing PersonsMissing in Action (2014)
  • Spirits Burning - Starhawk (2015)
  • Leon Alvarado – The Future Left Behind (2016)
  • Peter Banks - Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology (2018)
  • John Holden - Capture Light (2018)
  • David Cross and Peter Banks - Crossover (2020)
  • John Holden - Rise and Fall (2020)


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