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“I work for Waukegan Public Library in Waukegan, IL. My department provides education and literacy for this underserved community including low literacy levels, low computer skills, low English language skills, low graduation rates, low socioeconomic levels. I have the pleasure of witnessing success stories of our patrons who attend the digital literacy programs that I coordinate.  The most recent one involves a man who was working as a temporary employee at a local business.  He found out that in order to be hired permanently he needed computer skills.  He signed up for our 6-week basic computer class.  He gained the skills to prove to his supervisor that he was qualified to become a permanent employee.  Along with getting hired, he received a $2/hour raise!  While he is continuing to take additional computer classes at our library, he is working towards his GED.  He has become a computer helper to the other students in his GED class based on the skills he obtained at our library’s digital literacy classes.  These types of programs are crucial in helping to bridge the digital divide that continues to increase daily between our underserved community members and those who are more fortunate.”

— Kim Lunt, Digital Literacy Coordinator, Waukegan Public Library

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Chicago, IL’s William Beckett is premiering his new song “Walls” today via The Huffington Post. The song comes from a two-song digital single that is expected to be released on July 1.

The release will also feature a newly recorded and revamped piano version of “Just You Wait” – a song that originally appeared as a bonus track on his debut solo full-length album Genuine & Counterfeit, which was released last Summer.

“The inspiration for the song "Walls” actually came from a fan. Her story was so touching and relatable that I just had to write a song about it,“ reveals Beckett to The Huffington Post. "There comes a time in everyone’s life where you feel lost and uninspired; stagnant and not sure which way to turn or how to pull yourself out of the rut. This song is about believing in yourself and holding out hope that, with a positive attitude and dedication, each day can be better than the last. Of course things happen that are well out of our control, but the weight of each problem is measured in how you respond and react to it.”

The two songs were recorded with producer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo) in Chicago, with whom Beckett also recorded Genuine & Counterfeit.

This Summer, Beckett - former frontman to The Academy Is… - will also perform solo at a series of amphitheater shows across the US, supporting Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield.

Beckett shares, “I’m so excited to be able to play this song on my upcoming tour with Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar. I still can’t believe that I have the opportunity to share the stage with such amazing songwriters and legendary performers. I’m also looking forward to sharing my music with an audience that, for the most part, hasn’t heard it yet. It’s going to be fun to show that my songs can speak to all generations of music fans.”

All upcoming William Beckett tour dates can be found below.

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William Beckett w/Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield 
Jun 28 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre 
Jun 29 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre 
Jul 01 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 
Jul 06 Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands 
Jul 08 Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend 
Jul 11 Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre+ 
Jul 16 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre 
Jul 19 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater 
Jul 25 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery 
Jul 27 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater 

+ William Beckett w/Rick Springfield only