February 23rd, 2023 7pm Stage 2
For Will Linley, a career in music was a distant dream. The 20-year-old musician & songwriter,
born & raised in Cape Town, South Africa, can’t remember a time in his life without music. He
grew up singing with his three brothers & his mom & studied classical singing in high school.
The singer’s debut single, MISS ME (WHEN YOU’RE GONE), was written last October, inspired
by a real-life experience. The song got traction after Will teased it on TikTok, and he & his
producers have refined the emotionally-wrought tune since. Like all of Will’s music, MISS ME
(WHEN YOU’RE GONE) evokes a universal connection & uplifting positivity. Whilst Will has
found a global connection with fans thanks to TikTok, a platform to which he owes much of his
success thus far, he is particularly excited about the South African connections that have been
established whilst working on this project & he plans to continue collaborating with South African
creatives, like Noble and the MISS ME (WHEN YOU’RE GONE) music video director Abongwe
Booi.” A phrase commonly used amongst South Africans is ‘We’re stronger together’ & that is
something I want to bring through in my music,” WILL notes, “It’s exciting to have the place I call
home on display through my art.