“Twilight” Star Billy Burke Talks Tom Waits, Music, “Drive Angry”

Billy Burke on Artist DirectTwilight: Eclipse star Billy Burke, who plays Charlie Swan in the franchise, is not just an actor who also had a stint on 24. He is also a singer and musician, and a talented one, to boot.

Check out this exclusive, five-minute clip where Burke talks about playing guitar–he describes his early skills—until someone turned him on to Tom Waits, who Burke dubs as flawless and says is solely responsible for making him want to learn to play piano.

Removed is Burke’s new album, and he culled the songs from a large collection of tunes that he has written through the years. Some of these songs have never seen the light of day till now; good thing he is a musical pack rat, of sorts! Check out his lilting, emotive voice, which pops up throughout this interview. He even talks about writing a song on a cocktail napkin and, of course, he divulges a little bit about his next flick alongside Nicolas Cage, Drive Angry.

Less talking, more watching.

Check out the exclusive video interview that Billy Burke did with editor Jimmy O and and Dolor author Rick Florino here

—Amy Sciarretto


Live Review
Billy Burke — The Foundation Room, West Hollywood

For his CD release party last night, Billy Burke gave Hollywood some real grit.

Performing selections from his solo debut, Removed, Burke made the typically trendy Foundation Room at the House of Blues feel like a backwoods watering hole, and that’s no easy task. With faint candle light and a packed room filled with what looked like a bunch of Nordstrom’s models, Burke transported everyone into a smoky thought-provoking realm that was way more film noir than modern couture. In fact, Burke’s transformative show stood out as poignant, powerful and poetic all at once, just like Removed.

Right now, Burke’s Bella Swan’s dad in the Twilight series and, unless you’re a vampire with no access to On-Demand, you’ve seen him. However, you really need to hear him.

Burke blends a gravelly, sensitive delivery a la Ray LaMontagne with a vivid lyrical sensibility that’s somewhere between Tom Waits and Charles Bukowski. In other words, Burke churns out bluesy and ballsy songs that’ll make you think, but still work for a drink. He kicked off the set with a meandering melody for “Son,” and his cinematic lyrics resounded. Instantly, Burke transfixed the whole crowd.

“Pollyanna Rose” started with a smooth countrified stomp that quickly shifted into a poppy hook that was impossible not to hum along to. Afterwards, Burke announced, “It’s been a long time since I’ve played.”

From how pristine his voice was, it certainly didn’t feel like it. A gospel twang wrapped around the soaring harmonies on “Vodka Knows,” as Burke espoused street prophet-style witticism in the words. The album’s title track, “Removed” then seesawed from a somber verse into an uplifting refrain—definitely one of the evening’s most infectious.

Burke didn’t say much between songs, but a smile here and there said all he needed to. He truly feels at home on stage, and the charisma was instantly palpable. “Seeing Angels” provided an epic segue into the show’s final strains with pianos and massive harmonies.

As Burke sauntered away after the final song, it was clear that even though he’s Kristen Stewart’s old man in Twilight, he’s got a whole lot of new tricks up his sleeve when he gets behind the mic.

—Rick Florino
Artist Direct


Twilight’s Billy Burke debuts music video
- Kim Palacios The Twilight Saga actor brood might well be the most musically talented bunch of any cast of a non-musical production. Recently, yet another Twilight star has stepped up his musical game—this time it’s Billy Burke.

Via his newly-launched web site (, Billy Burke released the video for his single “Removed”. Fans subscribing to his site awoke to find links to the music video in their inbox, as well as an announcement for a giveaway to the premiere of Eclipse. Yet, all fans may access the video—and the contest—by heading to the web site itself.

In contrast with the character he plays in the Twilight Saga (Bella’s middle-aged loner of a father, Charlie Swan) Billy Burke exudes a much younger, much cooler persona in real life. In his video, web site gallery, and red carpet shots, Burke appears sans moustache, »


Twilight’ Star Billy Burke to Release a Music Album This Summer
- thetwilightexaminer

Anyone who’s watched the facial expressions and subtle tone shifts offered by Billy Burke in any of his films, but especially the Twilight series as the lovable Charlie Swan, knows that the guy is just extraordinary.

So, to hear that he’s making a very serious step into the world of music is surprising . . . and quite exciting!

Yesterday, Burke announced on his Twitter page that he is planning to release an album sometime this summer, and if he can get somewhere in the range of a million followers on his page, he’d be willing to give away “a few hundred thousand singles” and “shak[e] up the labels and suits.”

Burke, who’s been in the film industry for around twenty years, assured his fans that this was not going to be the typical actor-turned-mediocre-musician situation.

Said he, “I promise it won’t be what’s expected. I realize the bad taste it can leave in your mouth when an actor decides to take a musical ego trip..”

Burke is in the process, it seems, of preparing a website for interested fans to sign up at and keep tabs on details regarding his summer record release.

More details will be posted here as they come in.

- thetwilightexaminer

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Julianna July 14, 2014 at 3:36 am

Hi Mr.Burke, It’s amazing that your site is over 3 yrs old and even though you’ve been busy, many of the comments are recent. Every person here now & when your album came out still Really wants you to record more :) Hope you do soon!


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Sami December 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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Travis Robinette October 17, 2013 at 5:51 am


Hope to get to meet you briefly on your upcoming USO tour to San Antonio. Big fan of Revolution and some of your earlier work. Heck, hadn’t realized you were in some of the shows I’ve watched, and I tend to pride myself on making those connections.

Anyway, when y’all come to San Antonio if you and your castmates are looking for one of the best meals in town you should try Bohanans Steak and Seafood on Houston St. Unless someone is vegan/vegetarian. They also have one of the best bars for premium cocktails.

I notice you get a lot of the fans asking you for something. Thought I would change things up and offer some local color advice. If all goes well I will get to meet you and the rest of the cast at the FT Sam Houston event Saturday afternoon. Hoping our weather holds. We need the rain, but would hate for it to ruin your visit.

Love the practical nature of your character and think that you really sell it even when you are in “Uncle Ninja” mode. I liked season 1, but think that the tweaks to season 2 make the show even better. It shows that the director and producers are willing to listen to fans and critics alike. I am a huge Eric Kripke fan from Supernatural.

Anyway, keep up the good work and all the best on your music career. It really shows that music is your passion. Much respect.



Rami Turner September 5, 2013 at 12:42 am

Hello Mr. Burke, my name is Rami Turner and I’m currently a college student in Atlanta. For months now, I’ve been struggling, trying to find out what I want to do with my life. I was nursing before because I wanted to help people but the job itself wouldn’t fit my life. I’ve always thought of my self as someone who could help others and bring them happiness and joy while healing them. But I want to do more with my abilities, my creativity, my conceptual thinking, my ability to change emotions and entertain and captivate. I’ve always wanted to be an actor and just act. I want to be one of the most compelling actor of my generation. I want to be an actor that can play almost any part, that can direct and that can produce. I was never told about the possibility of going to college for theater arts. My high school wasn’t didn’t have a lot of opportunities to take the stage either. But now I want to. I’ve found my self watching shows and movies and seeing how actors and actresses work together, cohesively, in a symbiotic relationship and produce what most don’t realize is art. I want to experience that and whats its like to exercise my skills and make something beautiful that will enthrall, capture, and move audiences. I want to direct and produce as well and bring my ideas to the craft. I want to work with up and coming young actors and actresses and build friendships and learn from the greats. I’m sure people approach you all the time saying something like what I am. But for me, its more than just being a celebrity. I don’t want to famous for the sake of being famous. I wish to be known as an actor that is dedicated to the art. I want to expand and grow in my career and move to directing and producing. I don’t want to be an actor because it sounds and look glamorous. I know that its always not, I know that it takes time to become great. I also know that I’m patient and a hard worker and I’m ready to start at the bottom and work my way up. I’m looking for guidance on how I should start and who could help me. I am asking you for any pointers and how got started. I want to know what motivates you for a role, how directing has expanded your career, and what could I do to be the same. I’ve seen almost all of your movies since scorpion king and I’ve always watched you on wrestling. The growth and depth that you have gained throughout your career is something to be admired and I do admire you. Your progression through the ranks has been amazing and is something that I want. I look at that variety of movies that you play in and I wonder how you can play so many different ones. I want to learn how to prepare for different roles and really embrace the character. I watched Revolution on netflix recently and thought that you really brought the character to life. It was a character that I saw and thought I could relate too. Another role that had a sense of realism and naturally worked well with the other characters. That’s the type of role I want to play and the type of actor I want to be. I need help on getting started. I know that its a lot to ask from someone that you don’t know but I being that you could find it in your heart to help me. I hope this message finds you and that you reply. I’m just looking for a chance to prove that I’m different and that I have what it takes.

Sincerely Rami Turner


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madelyn May 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm

hi billy thanks for the free song you are amazing


Madelyn athearn April 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

billy Burke my name is Madelyn and i was wondering if i could have a autographed picture of you my address is 14135 pleasington hwy. in Michigan it would be amazing if i could i am really really your number one fan p.s. you are amazing in revolution


madelyn April 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

i think billy is an amazing actor and should continue his career


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Homeless Veteran December 19, 2012 at 3:25 am

You might wanna get them to shit can the
Revolution “Former Marine” shirt.
Jarheads sort of live and die by the
“Once a marine always a marine motto”
Reading alot of stuff online about people being
really pissed off.No threats to kill you or anything,
just a bunch of unhappy jarheads.
And just a suggestion but next season,
you could film some flashback to real marine training.
Maybe even spend time in real bootcamp.
Might not help on Revolution, but the next time your cast as a veteran,
it would be priceless.


revolution#1 fan April 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

you are a douche i mean really maybe those jarheads should get you instead


revolution#1 fan April 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

you homeless veteran you should be ashamed to be talking like that and by the way you should go to boot camp you are the moron not billy i mean you are just rude


Joye McDonald December 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I was shocked when I learned that Billy Burke is the dad of Bella on the Twilight series, which I have followed diligently. I’ve the books twice and seen all of the movies.

I fell in love with Philip Stroh on The Closer, taped all of them for re-viewing. Never have I loved the bad guy so much!!! Didn’t realize BB was so gorgeous. I totaly agree with one fan that said “BB gets all of the viewers attention in whatever scene he is in.”

Can’t say that I care for revolution—doesn’t seem to be a part to show off your greatest attributes. But, I am sure you’ll find another. Best wishes and the greatest of everything to a wonderfuly actor.


revolution#1 fan April 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

you do not like revolution you must be dumb in the brain witch is located in your rear end


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shanna July 19, 2012 at 12:14 am

I love your cd and can’t wait till you tour.You will tour won’t you? would love to see you perform.YOU SOOOO ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!


Terese April 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I love the music!!!
The cd is om every nigh.


vic June 25, 2011 at 6:11 am

ok so here is a funny story. . . im a 30 year old motorcycle mechanic and i lived in the san fernando valley for almost six months while doing a couple of bikes for a commercial. So i finally find myself a good dive bar to call home and shoot the shit in. one night while enjoying my fair share of douche bagerrey. i step outside for a smoke. and this dude and his either british austrailian or new zealander girlfriend are having some weird debate . . .so i take it upon myself to ask the brit bird about her hot friends right in the middle of their little convo the dude has a look on his face that is waaay priceless as i butt into their conversation . . . .later on i meet up with the same duo at the same bar prolly a week later and the dude introduces himself as billy and i forget the chicks name (but i do remember she was beyond hot) billy and i shoot the shit while the brit buggs out majorly then 2 months later i’m watching some movie my roomates ordered on pay per view and i’m like yo i think i had a smoke with the villain in this movie (to which they replied shut the fuck up you lying sack-o-shit) then today the same guys rented the film red riding hood and i was like “yo the goddamn werewolf is the the dude from the bar i was telling you about ” to which they replied “shut the fuck up with your i shot the shit with a movie star in some random bar in the valley bullshit “. So yeah . . . .this is annoying but it’s pretty cool cause this dude was a normal blue collar guy . . .let just say next time i go to a bar in the valley right by in-and-out and the 101 i’m gonna be like hey billy can i get a pic with you giving the finger to my friends that think im lying about this. -the black dude smoking and talking shit outside the bar on vanuys and ventura


amanda cozens April 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I have never heard Billy sing… so looking forward to receiving the download….


Jen November 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I just wanted to stop by and wish you a VERY Happy Birthday! I think you are the greatest in everything and hope you get to enjoy today! Especially with all the success you have been having! Much love!!


kmat October 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Billy. your an awesome talent. Love your music and your acting. I have to admit I did not know your music until I found this website. I saw you in some tv cop show and thought you were great but didn’t know your other work until I saw you in Twilight. Every scene your in you take presidence over the other actors without trying. I hope you do more major movies in the future.


emilie September 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

hey billy!
tanks for movies! i very fan!
i love cant with for your album
team charlie swan!

i am french, i live in paris.


Astrid Schütz July 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Hi Billy,
I´m Astrid from germany, i see you in Twilight and think: Who is Robert Pattinson, who is Taylor Lautner? Billy Burke – Wow! What a man!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish you´d be on RingCon/Germany in Oktober this year!
Before Twilight, i saw you in “Fringe” and other Movies and want to now: Who is this man?
Now i hear your Songs from your new album and it´s great!
Hope to see and hear you many years.
Best Wishes from Sien( in Germany) for you and your family :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Chris Lewin July 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Hi, Billy Do you cook if so what is your favorite thing to cook? I hope you come to Seattle and play your music that would be awesome!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Chris


Linda July 15, 2010 at 3:13 am

I really love this CD….the concept, the style, the sound are all so enhancing…
I find myself at work putting the CD player on “repeat all” and listening to it multiple
times…I finally shut it off, so I don’t wear it out…lol….If you haven’t bought this CD
yet, do yourself a favor….BUY IT!!!! You will not be disappointed….

Create a Beautiful Day
San Diego, CA


Barbara July 14, 2010 at 4:53 am

Just listened to ‘Removed’. Thought it was really good. I loved the lyrics and thought the music & vocals well done. Didn’t care for the video much but that’s just me, it did show me that Billy Burke is quite a talented musician & singer (loved his voice) I hope he continues to put his music out there. In my unimportant opinion, and being a long time musician myself, I think he has alot to offer musically. It’s inspiring to see other performers my age getting a shot, it just doesn’t happen much.This album is not an ego trip, it’s talent winning out after being repressed and he is definitely talented. Good for you Billy, your dues are paid, enjoy your success. Represent for those of us that are over 40 & still playing our songs.


S Smith July 8, 2010 at 12:29 am

Got Removed from I-Tunes on release date. I usually find a favorite right away, but all the songs are keepers! Vodka Knows keeps running around in my mind, then Killing Everyone. But how awesome is Blusey Larue! So many dads would love to be able to give their daughter a gift like this. It’s so clear how much you feel for your wife and child. Glad you got to experience this joy! I didn’t think I was a children-person, but mine are 22 and 20 and I can’t imagine life without them.
So hey, I’m 52 and looking forward to the next CD. Who needs the teen market anyway???


Linda July 15, 2010 at 3:17 am

Hey S Smith…I’m with you, looking for the next CD and more movies YaY….What “teen market?” ha ha…Um isn’t 52 the “new 32?”
I’m just say’n…..:)

Create a Beautiful Day

San Diego, CA


Lesley P July 15, 2010 at 4:02 am

wonder how many more mature fans are out there – I’m another 52 yr old but only when I look in the mirror! We were the original teeny boppers and have appreciated good music for a long time (pretty faces too)…so S Smith were you a Jackson 5, Osmonds or Partridge Family fan????


Linda July 16, 2010 at 1:22 am

Hey Lesley, I’m what the DJ’s like to call a “wrinkled rocker”….I say, “you weren’t even thought of when we were growing up listening to evolution of rock n roll.”
Our generation was able to see it all…from Bill Haley and the Comets to Elvis, the Rolling Stones….Gram Parson…..Beatles…Nirvana…and all inbetween…I just went to Coachella in April and had the best time…” So, two thumbs up to you Lesley…We are the lucky ones and we’re still rock’n to good music :)


S Smith July 16, 2010 at 1:46 am

HAHA! Donny Osmond, Keith Partridge ….!!!


Katy S. June 30, 2010 at 1:53 am

After a long and stressful 10 hours of work, the best part of my day was getting home and finding that your CD had arrived in the mail. And it’s amazing. I love every bit of it. My favorite song is still ‘Removed’ but ‘Son’ and ‘Killing Everyone’ are brilliant and my next favorites. Thank you for sharing your music with us. I will be looking for other albums of yours in the future! :)

~Katy S.


shay June 24, 2010 at 3:35 am

i know you had your release party, i was wondering if you are going to post any highlights. i would love to see some. we all can not live in Ca. thank you


Lesley P June 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I realize it is only 8.30am on the east coast (5.30am west coast!) and you are all still recovering from last night’s festivities but I am dying to find out how the album release went and maybe see some pictures – please post some once you have surfaced. Hope everyone had a great time – I stayed home and watched “Remember Me”


Michelle June 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Hey Billy, just bought your new CD =D I can’t wait to receive this in the mail! Thanks for the awesome music, website, email updates, Everything!!

Best wishes to you!


Sinead Daly June 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Hi Billy! It’s so nice to see an actor/ musician who is as laid back as you- it reminds us that celebs arent the ‘be-all and end-all’, but regular people who just happen to be super talented…
Thanks for all the updates, too! ^-^ xx


Mona D Christiansen June 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Hi There Billy,,just wanted to say “Congrats” on how well things are going,,didn’t try for the tickets because I live in NJ and it’s a money issue to get to the west coast,,,but, regardless, you and the band are in my thoughts and I know you are definately on your way! If you are ever around the cental Jersey area,(I live in Manchester, but near the ocean by Sea Side Heights etc,,,not too far from Asbury Park,maybe I’ll get to hear you perform live then,,,all the best,,,Mona


Marsha D June 15, 2010 at 1:03 am

It must be amazing to be together with Rathbone and Pattinson to just jam together. I would love to be there to listen to the three of you playing. Anything on the horizon that might include the three of you on one tune?


Patience65 June 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Well, now you’ve gone and done it!! Popular as heck!! Everybody wants you and wants you to come over and see them sometime. So, I may as well pitch for Fort Worth, TX while you’re considering any safe place on the planet to eat dinner or sleep over. Well done, bb.


Erin June 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Hi Billy thanks for all of the wonderful updates! I will be sure to get the album on June 22nd! I can’t wait! I love the music video for Removed as well! I know you are playing in CA in June When are you planning on coming to NYC? My friends and I would love to see you play!


stella June 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm

hi billy, can’t hardly wait for your cd removed to come out. can’t hardly wait to see eclispe to come out. my faveorite part is where edward & jacob are arguing & you come out & get between them. can’t wait to see the rest of it. gee, edward oughta be grateful
bella slapped the fur & broke her hand at that.then again edward is protective. anyway
i know the entire movie is gonna be another winner for you actors. you all did a very
outstanding job.


Deborah June 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Hey Billy,
So the release is June 22? Or just the premere at House?
Also where can I sign up for tickets to the premere of eclipse and your album (if there are any, keeping my fingers crossed)?
Much more Love!! Can’t wait to hear the rest!!!!!!


Miranda in Alabama June 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Howdy Billy! i just wanted to drop in and tell you hi and Good luck!! Love you much!
:-) Miranda :-)


Lesley June 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm

So excited to hear that your album release will be at the House of Blues – it would be awesome to be a part of it so I think I will have to pack up house and home and move to California (nothing ever happens in Georgia) Best of luck with the album – can’t wait to hear more


Chris L. June 9, 2010 at 2:17 am

Hi, Billy i wanted to ask you what is your favorite junk food ?And what has been your best experience during filming of The Twilight Saga? Whats it like playing Bellas dad? Thanks so much for your time!! Sincerely, Chris Lewin


Diana Masters June 1, 2010 at 7:27 am

Hey Billy,
Just wondering where I needed to enter for the Eclipse Premiere Tickets contest. I haven’t heard anything more about it.Email me and let me know. Much love as always!

Your friend and #1 Fan


Diana Masters June 1, 2010 at 7:22 am

I’ve been following your music career since it started and I wanted to let you know how much I loved your music video of Removed! It was very relaxing to listen too and awesome to see. It’s nice to still hear music that speaks to your soul and reminds you about all the good things in life. Can’t wait to see what comes next for you! Keep the music coming! Your biggest fan! God Bless and much love!

Diana Masters


Karen German May 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

So I downloaded the song not sure what I would hear. I was surprised at how much I love the song.It is a perfect song to sit back and relax to. Cant wait for more


Sheri May 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm

So, I wasn’t sure what to expect (another actor who sings ;) ) from your music, but I was pleasantly surprised! Billy Burke IS a singer/musician! I love the lead in music for Removed….can’t wait to hear more! Good luck :)


Janet May 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm

“Removed” is mature music, both in vocals and message. The lyrics express feelings that most of us have experienced, but in a new, haunting style. The Tom Waits influence is softened, but palpable. This track is one that grows on a person and stays, rather than pop music that gets beaten to death until it’s gone. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album and your poetry expressed in your unique style!


ariam May 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Great sound! I cannot wait to hear more!


Elaine Schlageter May 23, 2010 at 1:34 am

Fantastic! It’s not like a sound I have heard before, but I find myself wanting to hear more. I hope to see (and hear) more great things from you. Thanks for sharing you talents with the world.


Juell May 23, 2010 at 12:48 am

HOT!!!!!! Love it! Thanks Billy!! ^^


Susie Barela May 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Hey Billy,
Oh my gosh! Who knew?!! I just loved it!! You did an outstanding job! The problem was that I didn’t even know that you’re a musician. Wow! I know how exited you must be as well, because my husband is also a musician, and the music world is tough. Thank you so much for the listening pleasure you provided. Once again, OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!


Sara47 May 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Hi Billy!
ho appena visto il tuo video, Sono senza parole,la tua voce mi trasmette forti emozioni!


Lesley May 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

You did it again – left my family hungry while I ooh’d and aah’d over the new Removed video!!! a great way to start the weekend – can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve….


eleonora May 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm

ciao billy sono eleonora,
complimenti per il tuo pezzo…… è stupendo così come la tua voce!!!


Michelle May 22, 2010 at 5:46 am

Billy, I LOVE removed!!! Can’t wait till the whole album comes out! WOW amazing. I was a twilight fan before the movies but once the movies came out I started going back and seeing other films and shows you were in (thank god for IMDB) Your an amazing actor. I’m not one of the teenage twilight fans, I’m 37 years old, and think your music from what I can tell is amazing as your acting. Can’t wait to see all the things in post poduction (of course I already have my midnight show tickets for Eclipse) Thanks for shaing Removed.. Already on my ipod!


Sara47 May 20, 2010 at 5:42 am

Sono in attesa del video del tuo singolo! Billy ma quando potremo vederlo?
Un bacio dalle tue fans del club Billy Burke di Twilightersitalia.



Marsha May 17, 2010 at 2:56 am

I love “Removed”!! Your voice is amazingly sexy and draws the listener in for more. Looking forward to the album. Being very close in age (the forty-something crowd), I believe you have a sound and style that many of us have been waiting for and can relate to on many levels.
I admire and enjoy your talent on the big screen but it seems your true passion is in your music. Thank you for sharing “Removed”. If you’re ever in New Mexico, let me know. I would love to buy you dinner!!


Jewel May 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I have seen you twitter about how beautiful Shreveport is and how everyone should go visit it. I am taking 2 of my girls and going to see Shreveport for the weekend next week. What do you think is the best to see while there?


sara47 May 15, 2010 at 6:11 am

Hi! Bill, ho visto la nuova clip di Eclipse. Wow sei uno spettacolo!
E poi adoro il tuo singolo Removed.Hai una voce molto calda.


TinaJack May 5, 2010 at 8:40 am

I love the Twilight Saga (as books and the movies up to now). It’s a very emotional story but the only time the movies made me cry is when Bella leaves Charlie in “Twilight”. You are an exceptionel actor! I love the way you play Charlie, it’s so touching and so real. I think we all know dads like him. Thank you so much!


Lorrainesophia May 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Billy, love the word ‘ominously’ ! Sounds like Removed Video is going to be great ????? I think. Hope its almost finished . Lorraine. England. :)


Jordan May 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Your conviction to your passion is inspiring. Now how do I buy you a modestly-priced sushi lunch?

love (not the creepy kind)



Windy Pritchard April 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Hey Billy whats up?
Just wanted to say ur a great actor and that uumm well ur song was…amazing ur the best thing i’ve heard since I found tht Rob+Kristen could sing!
Your singing voice is so gentle you wouldnt know that if u just watched Twilight cuz in the movie ur voice is kind of gruff.

ur very cool!

Love ur fan,

Windy Pritchard

Byee <3


Amy Maguire April 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Love it. Love you. Love you in it. And I miss you. And I’m excited for you. And it’s about time and timing is everything. Knock it out of the park, brother. And remember…Play heads up ball out there.

PS. Really happy to be reminded that Small Change was the tape in the tape deck.


lizzie April 26, 2010 at 6:06 am

woww billy! i loveeee Removed, such a great song
i cant wait for the rest of the album!
im sooo happy & excited for you<3
& yes i've got Removed playing on repeat :)


Christopher April 24, 2010 at 2:13 am

Great song! I became a fan after seeing you in Twilight and then your amazing performance on the Closer. When I saw your tweet about the song and album I was curious and I’m glad I gave it a listen. I can’t wait to buy the album and hear the rest. Thanks!


Betsy April 21, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I’ve currently got Removed playing on repeat! Absolutely digging it! Thanks for sharing it with us.


Amanda April 20, 2010 at 4:22 am

I love the sound of your voice…. dang it is raspy and very sexy… the words took me a bit but played it a few times and its really growing on me as I understand what you are conveying… LOVE IT cant with for your album… :)


kharren ann mallete April 20, 2010 at 3:38 am

Just listened to “Removed”. Good voice,good sound,something new I love it!Good luck for the upcoming album.


Nancy April 20, 2010 at 1:11 am

Loved the song Removed! Took me a bit to get some time without any kids around so I could actually ‘listen” to it. I started listening to it while checking my facebook this morning and before I realized it I was bopping my head to the rhythm of it and noticed I really was listening more to it then my reading my facebook…LOL And if you knew me you’d know that is hard to do … facebook is my contact to all family and friends! Anyway, wanted to let you know that it was great and to thank you for the opportunity to check it out early!!! Great job! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!


Kathryn H. April 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I just listened to “Removed”. Oh my god, how lovely! So fresh and retro at the same time. Easy to dance to, I give it a 96. (Can you tell how old I might be?) I would love to see Summit Entertainment have at least one of Billy’s songs played at Edward and Bella’s wedding in “Breaking Dawn”. I can’t wait for the rest of the album.


Dee April 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Wow!! I love “Removed”!!! How refreshing!!! Can’t wait to hear more!!!


samara April 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I loved music! very pretty!


Sugar Lee April 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Read twilight and was bothered by the father’s role in the book. He seemed so disconnected. Your subtle gestures brought him to life and made the film more attractive to us “older” twilighters.


Lorrainesophia May 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Sugar Lee you need to read Midnight Sun; You’ll find it on Stephenie Meyer’s site. You get a much greater understanding of ‘Chief Swan’. It turns out that Bella gets her ‘Shield’ from her father. Edward finds him not impossible to read but difficult. So Charlie Swan is a complex character. Not sure if even Billy’s read Midnight Sun though ! I’m an older Twilighter by the way . Lorraine :)


Sugar Lee May 4, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Lorrainesophia. Of course I have read it. And I won’t tell you how many times. After reading it, I enjoyed the books much better as well as the movies. I didn’t get the whole I’m not worthy way Bella was going but to hear how Stephanie was thinking of Edwards point of view made a difference. Not sure why she included so much of Jacob’s thoughts and not as much of Edward’s. I have heard her say she lliked Jacob a lot.
Because of twilight, I read harry Potter’s Goblet book and then got hooked on them. I bought a couple of the audio versions for a long car trip and they were wonderful. It would be nice to have someone redo the audios of Twilight as it seems geared toward a much younger audience. I have the movies on my I-pod and enjoy listening to them. Yes, pathetic admittedly but at least my sisters find me very entertaining as I have never done this before.
Back to Billy Burke. I have gone back and watched his movies and having a theater background, was impressed by his understated but important performances. Those were always my favorite parts to play as you could really develop the character which is something he does. Have to admit, though, I was sad to see him play such a creep in the 24 series. Convincing though. I find him very under rated and credit him with bringing in the mature Twilighters. as he gives it a sense of believability that the books could use more of.


Lorrainesophia May 5, 2010 at 4:33 am

Sugar Lee, wouldn’t label you as pathetic at all because I’m identical ! Good to know I’m not the only idiot that reads Twilight books countless times.
I was hooked on Harry Potter, read repeatedly also (although I had never done so before.) Then my daughters introduced me to the Twilight and I believe it actually altered my life. I find I don’t want to read anything else and would be ashamed to say how many times I have read each book.
As for Billy Burke my viewing of him is limited. I’ve never seen him in 24 but enjoyed his character in The Closer, also a creep and the film Along came a Spider; no so nice either. But I’m afraid thats it. Don’t need him as an excuse to watch Twilight etc as I am totally on the Team Edward side.
I actually haven’t pestered S. Meyer as regards Midnight Sun as she has made many comments that it would be disadvantageous to do so. I wait patiently for her to complete it; I will be very disappointed if she never does. It has provided an insight into Edward and made the books more rounded in my opininon. I want to know how he felt during the James conflict and why it is so necessary for Bella to be human. So many unanswered thoughts that leave readers guessing. It needs to be finished.
As this is BB’s site I must add that I can’t wait fo his album and loved Removed. Looking forward to the video also which he says should be out any day now. At least someone doesn’t keep people waitnig for long.
Appreciate your replying and am glad to know I have company in the world. Lorraine.


Sugar Lee May 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

would you like to exchange e-mails? i would love to have someone to “twilight chat” with who doesn’t look at me like I am insane.
When you refer to the Closer, do you mean the tv show? I wasn’t aware of that and don’t remember him from Along Came a Spider. I also read that book. That writer is seriously deranged to have thought that stuff up, but I did enjoy it. So what does that make me? I will have to watch it again. BB was wonderful in Fractured. If you haven’t seen it, you will love it. He was also very good in Untraceable. It was kind of hard to get into the new song. I look forward to the video. I didn’t like Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” until I saw the video and then understood where he was coming from. So many of the Twilight actors are musical, interesting since music was very inspirational to SM. Btw, I think that not enough credit goes to Catherine Hardwicke for her casting. The movie could have been such a dud.
Since I have sons older than Edward and Jacob, I guess I am a team Carlisle or Team Charlie. In fact my youngest could pass for Taylor’s brother and both of them could teach even Edward something about romance.


Lorrainesophia May 6, 2010 at 12:28 am

Sugar Lee , love to Twilight chat with you. My email is Look forward to hearing from you.
Totally agree with you about Catherine Hardwicke, without her the whole movie side of it would not have happened. Although compared to the following films Twilight looks and probably was low budget. I don’t believe they knew just how popular it would be. I still enjoy watching it though, know it line for line. My daughter calls me ‘Saddo’. I don’t care !!!!


Lorrainesophia May 6, 2010 at 12:43 am

Sugar Lee, there may be a problem with my giving you my email address on here. There is a message above the comment I made with my email address; saying that it is awaiting moderation. I hope it gets through though. Don’t know how else to get it to you. Unless i split it up so it doesn’t look like an address. We’ll see.


lorrainesophia May 6, 2010 at 1:19 am

Are you on Facebook? I’m trying to play detective here and find away to contact you.
I searched Sugar Lee and got some results…. some not savoury ! Hope its not you lol.:)
One has a son called Marc that looks similar to Taylor Launtner ??? Clutching at straws here.
Maybe I shouldn’t be a detective !
My address is my wholename then ‘@live’ then ‘’ all lower case. Hope it works. I understand why they won’t let it go through because they are protecting my privacy, but its a little frustrating. Lorraine.


Heidi April 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Just listened to ‘Removed’. LOVE IT!!! Really really excellent music!!! Can’t wait to hear more!!!


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