William Fitzsimmons (born 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, based in Illinois. He is perhaps best known for his songs “Passion Play” and “Please Don’t Go”, which aired during pivotal scenes in the TV medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
William draws from those early folks styling’s of his mother’s music, and the embellished instrumentation of his father’s. He is often compared to contemporaries Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and the late Elliott Smith, not only for his unique style and skill in writing and proclivity to deal with substantive and evocative subject matter, but also for his use of organic and colorful melodies and arrangements.
His first two records were completely self-produced, Until When We Are Ghosts and Goodnight. Fitzsimmons’ friend Ingrid Michaelson joined him with vocals on Goodnight. The Sparrow And The Crow, was his first studio recorded work, released in September 2008. The album debuted extremely well at #56 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart, and #1 on the iTunes Folk Chart.
With his expanding tenure as a songwriter, William has received mentions in noted publications such as Billboard, Paste Magazine, Pitchfork, Performing Songwriter Magazine, AllAboutJazz.com, among others. Fitzsimmons’ music has been featured on several television programs such as Grey’s Anatomy and Army Wives.