Bill Dake

Bill Dake

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Jazz - General | Bellevue, Washington, United States
Total Song Plays: 4,073   
Member Since: 2012
   Last Login: 11/28/2020

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2016 Awards:

5 for 5 in the 2016 SongDoor International Songwriting Contest. "Caramel and Cream" was seriously considered for a finalist in the soft rock category. "Chainsaw Weather" received a special mention and "Touch Down" and Papa Don't Mind" received honorable mentions.
"Money Can't" received a special mention in the instrumental category.

2015 awards:

10 songs made the list in the 2015 SongDoor International Songwriting Contest: " Life With blurred Vision" was a finalist in the instrumental category. "In The Gardens Of Mrs. B" and "First Light On The Prairie", received honorable mentions (instrumentals)."Mostly Blue" and "Rise Again" were seriously considered for finalists in soft rock. "Getaway", "Polka Dot Blue", "Time Travelin'",and "Speed of Life" all received special mentions. "Northern Climes" received an honorable mention. "Rise Again" also received an honorable mention in the Christian music category.


Unpigeoholable. Is that a word? If not, it should be. Bill's music fit's into many different genres and categories. A singer/songwriter/composer, his musical influences range from classical to pop, rock to jazz, blues to fusion, folk to choral music. His songs have been compared to those by; Randy Newman, Mose Allison, James Taylor, Bozz Skaggs, The Manhatten Transfer, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, Nora Jones, Kenny Rankin, Allman Brothers, and even Cole Porter.

A 1985 graduate (cum laude) of the Cornish Institute, Bill's main focus was Jazz composition, guitar and voice.

Bill's tunes have received great reviews and have placed well in many song contests:
2005: "Caramel and Cream" was among the top five finalists in the Country category of the Great American Song Contest
2007: "Mostly Blue", Honorable Mention in the SongDoor competition.
2008: "In The Gardens Of Mrs. B", Finalist in the SongDoor Competition. "Scorcher", Honorable Mention in the SongDoor Competition
2009: "Maybe", "Baby Said Bye, Bye", and "Polka Dot Blue", received Honorable Mentions, and "Think It's Time" received a Special Honorable mention
2010:"The Girl Who Saved Me", finalist. "Motivator", and "Doomed",Honorable Mentions. SongDoor Competition. "Caramel and Cream", finalist in GASC.
2011: "Papa Don't Mind" honorable mention."Waitin' For A Sign" and "Semi-Sweet" recieved special recognition. "Think It's Time" was seriously considered as a finalist.(SongDoor)
2012 SongDoor: 9 for 9. "In The Gardens of Mrs. B." was a finalist in the instrumental category and "Olympic was an Honorable Mention with special recognition. "PHD" and "Speed of Life" received Honorable mentions with special recognition and "Little Journey", "In The Beginnig", "Life Goes On", "Carolina Moon",and "Time Travelin'" all were Honorable mentions.

9 for 9 in the 2014 SongDoor International Songwriting Contest. "Rise Again was considered as a finalist, "Wide Eyed Child", "Short Story", "Speed of Life" and "First Light on the Prairie" all received special mentions. "Same Old", "Strange fruit", "Turtleneck" and "I Think of You" all were honorable mentions.

Bill will be getting back to live gigging this year after a long hiatus.
Recently approached to do an album of his tunes for a New York Jazz label.

Two albums are available along with singles at:

Bill is currently working on new songs and instrumentals to be released later this year.

You can contact Bill at: or,