Are You Ready To Be Removed?

by billy burke on June 14, 2010

We are not ourselves in the presence of others. By this I mean, If you really wanted to know someone, you’d have to spy on them when no one else is around. When you’re young, you truly believe that no one understands you and, well… you’re mostly right. In fact, if you can find even one or two people in your entire lifetime that genuinely care about “getting” you, you’ve done pretty well. Art (in any form) is really just a quest for some sort of remedy for that “lack of understanding” and like it or not, our lives are constantly influenced by the product of that quest and the people who set out on it. I’m pretty sure I didn’t recognize this philosophy when I was a kid but I definitely wanted to be one of THOSE people and I myself, couldn’t understand those who didn’t.

Most of the songs I’m about to release were written on cocktail napkins. I suppose if anyone had been spying on me while I sat alone in a booth or on a barstool scratching them down, they may have gotten a glimpse of the real me. Although I never consciously write songs in order to be understood, those whose ears this music falls upon will be in a way, hearing “me” when no one else is around.

On June 22nd, 2010 — “removed”, my 12 song debut album will be available as a digital download or mail order physical copy (with 12 page booklet) either here on this site, at iTunes, or wherever you buy your music. Please know that hard copies of the CD with booklet are in limited supply so if you want one we urge you to order quickly.

For those who live or will be in the Los Angeles area on June 22nd, we’ll be kicking off the release with a party at The House Of Blues in Hollywood where the band and I will be performing a few cuts from the record. This will be an invitation only event, however WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY SOME PASSES TO SUBSCRIBERS so if you haven’t yet already, sign up (top right corner of this page) and stay tuned if you’re interested in attending the show. More info will be coming soon.

We’re also trying to put together a video Q&A for subscribers sometime before the album drops and there are a few more bits of awesome that we’re planning that I can’t mention until we get the go ahead so again, check in as frequently as you can. If you wanna help spread the word please retweet, comment, or post a link to this site on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else you choose.

For all of you who have been here from the start and those who are just joining me, I want to once again put forth my sincere gratitude for your kind words, graciousness and support. My hope is that this record will not only bend your ear for now, but in time find a permanent and poignant place in your listening library for years to come.

much love

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THAMIRES July 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm



Sandi July 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Dear Billy,
Wow! ‘Removed’ blew me away. Such a beautiful song in so many ways. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the cd. Loved you as Charlie (sweet & funny) and just caught your performance in Rizzoli and Isles, (charming and sexy). You are an amazing actor, musician and human being and I wish you all the best in your acting, music,charitable endeavors & life. Hope to catch you in concert someday. Cheers!


JJ Shearon July 13, 2010 at 2:48 am

Watching Bill on Rizzoli and Isles. How did I miss that you were going to be on this show?!?! Billy, you are awesome! So excited to see you in other projects. And I LOVE your album! You are on a roll!



ilia blandina July 8, 2010 at 12:18 am

Regarding the free download of “Removed” Thanks, wow, still listening. will have to listen again. very nice. Are the lyrics posted anywhere? will search. Thanks again. (one of your many Twitter followers)


Erma Jo July 5, 2010 at 1:36 am

I was excited to recieve my CD amd booklet. Of course, I put it in my I Tunes library and copied it so I can have it in 3 places. It is playing in my car each time I drive it and in the kitchen and living room and even in the bathroom so I can listen while I get ready for the day. LOVE IT. Loved you in Eclipse as I have in the first two and on George Lopez.. Hope you come somewhere near Santa Cruz, CA in the near future. : ) I would love to see and hear you live. Yea and you could sign my CD.


Carol O'Brien July 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I’m on the second listening of the album. Good Show! Sounds so New Orleansy! I’m getting my husband ( who spent the majority of his adult life in New Orleans – even owned a couple of bars ) to listen to it. Woo Hoo. Anyway, congradulations Mr. Burke! You deserve all you can get. Hope you make to New Orleans for a show.
Wishing you Love, and Light
Granny Fairy


Zenia July 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Hello ;) i just bought your cd on iTunes, but i’m gonna buy it in a store when it gets there. I’m from Denmark, so i dont know if its out yet. I really enjoy listening to your music, especially your song ”Bluesy Larue” and ofc ”Removed”.. Just love ‘em ;) You must be proud of your work, i know i would. Damn you’re awesome ;)



Choates July 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

Sorry, I have not been on your site for a while. Why? I have been listening to your shit. Your CD Removed is so damn good. It is on my computer, ring tones, guarded in my car and on my mind. I am on sick leave in pain and your CD makes me smile. Thanks man.


JoAnn July 3, 2010 at 4:23 am

Holy cow! Who knew you were such a fine musician? I read about your CD in a Google alert and went to iTunes to preview the tracks. I was really blown away and promptly bought it. It’s uploading to my iPod as I write. While filming the three Twilight Saga movies, did you ever have the opportunity to jam with Rob, Jackson, Xavier, et al? It must have been a blast if you did.

I saw Eclipse today for the third time…love it. As with the other two films, you steal every scene you’re in. You have an impeccable sense ot timing. I saw Untraceable on TV a few weeks ago and loved that, too. Keep the music and movies coming.


Sheri July 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Hi, I just wanted to tell you that “Removed” was lovely. Very heartfelt. I appreciated it’s timelessness…so many new songs are so so tiresome and dated.

Saw Eclipse today, thought you were great…funny too.

Do you think maybe you will have a single for Breaking Dawn like Rob Pattinson did for Twilight? Such talented men!


Laura July 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I got the CD today :) It took about 9 days to get to me in Wales, UK but it finally got here and I love it; the music and lyrics are so good, and your voice is just amazing. It’s going to be played over and over again because the album is so easy to listen to!!


Carol O'Brien June 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I’ve listened to the Removed album twice and now I want to know the story behind each of the songs! Especially “Son”. Also, I love the bluesy quality to several of the songs. Good show Billy! Looking forward to more.


Kath June 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm

My “Removed” cd was waiting on my doorstep from CDBaby when i arrived home last night. Love it! So glad i purchased the physical cd-keeping this on-hand for You to sign when i finally meet you! Kudos to you Billy for a great first album and to cdbaby for their FAST shipping!


Sugar Lee June 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Saw you last night. So funny to see you not being Charlie. How did you get the role? It is unlike any other you have played.


Lorraine Sedger June 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Hi Billy from Sydney Australia,
just bought your album from Itunes today!
I wanted to let you know that I love it, your voice
is awesome, the band sounds great and you’ve
written some great songs.
Thanks for sharing them
Lorraine xx


sylvie June 23, 2010 at 9:09 am

hi Billy
j ai acheter votre album sur i tune je l’ai fait écouter a mon entourage qui l’ont
j espère que de nombreuses de personnes seront comme moi et seront l’apprécier
je vous souhaite pleins de bonheur



Laura G June 23, 2010 at 2:30 am

I downloaded your CD from iTunes…. You know how when you buy a CD and you end up only liking part of it or just the song you bought the CD for? Well, that is definitely NOT the case here! Love it! Love it! Love it! You did a fantastic job! You must be so proud of yourself for fulfilling your goals and dreams! Keep it going baby!

Love ya!


Nancy N June 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Holy Cow, I didn’t get an email this afternoon reminding me and with a just graduated senior from high school, middle school’er, and a 4 yr old I completely forgot…needed that email reminder…LOL But better late than never! I just ordered the cd! Can’t wait to get it and add it to my workout playlist!!! Thanks!


Angie B June 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Waiting for CD time!!! Can’t wait! I am soo impatient!
It is going to be a huge success!!!!


Mary Surdynski June 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I have searcged all the stores here in the Rockford Illinois area can’t find the CD anywhere checked ebay too no luck
where can i get a copy of Removed.I love it
Thanks Mary


Carol H June 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

I have just bought the album from iTunes about 6 songs ago oh my word I had to write a review and this what I said

“It is lovely to see a proper musician again who not only write his own stuff but can actually use an instrument and his voice to great effect. Billy Burke has successfully got me listening to music again rather than just books and podcast. Son is lovely and the title song is gorgeously crafted melodic and relaxing. The whole album just shines on the whole a really lovely album”

thank you do much bb

Carol H


Brittney June 22, 2010 at 3:26 am

Wow…so excited for tomorrow, I’m sure you have done an incredible job and I can’t wait to hear the whole album! :) And of course….I will be waiting, at noon, in hopes to order a physical copy! Thanks for taking the time to connect and keep the fans up to date! :)


Kelly June 22, 2010 at 12:04 am

Just wanted to wish you all the best of luck for the big launch tomorrow! Time to reap the rewards for your hard work – enjoy it!
I’m so glad it’s all taken off so well, not that I’m in any way surprised. Can’t wait – I for one will be hitting iTunes as soon as is humanly possible. :)


Jennifer Zuspann June 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Hey BB,
I can’t speak for ALL of your fans but I will speak for myself, NO matter how long it takes to do whatever you have to do for your awesome song(s), and with filming 2 Movies, I know I TOTALLY understand your lack of “RELAX” time. I as a fan of your talents, as well as the type of human being you are, will not hate you or not want to continue to support your work, NO matter what that is. I’m not going Anywhere!

Oh and just a small piece of my thoughts, YOU shouldn’t have Underestimated YOURSELF!!!! I knew your song was going to explode! When You LOVE what you do, your hard work shows, as well as your love and devotion to your fans!

:) JZ


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