The music and lyrics of Bill Cantos have been recorded by artists spanning the worlds of pop, jazz, theater, gospel, and world music: Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Flora Purim, Clay Crosse, Helen Baylor, Mark Winkler, and many others. He has written songs (with Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Mari Falcone) for the new musical Chasing Mem*Ries, which recently premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in LA.
Since 2008, Bill has collaborated live and in the recording studio with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, contributing to six albums including the Grammy-winning Steppin’ Out. He also performs regularly with Burt Bacharach as a keyboardist and featured vocalist. He was a backing vocalist on three world tours with Phil Collins and has also toured with Diane Schuur, David Foster, Deniece Williams, Debby Boone, Freddie Hubbard, Vikki Carr, and Rita Coolidge; the artists with whom he has recorded include Elton John, Leon Russell, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Bob Dylan, Brian Bromberg, Jay Graydon, Andrae Crouch, Clint Black, and Kirk Whalum.
Bill sang and co-wrote the main title song “All Right Day” for the film Home Run Showdown. He has sung on the soundtrack of over 60 films including Sing, Star Wars: Rogue One, Wall-E, Rio, and Rio 2, and contributed to the music for the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. He can be seen performing with Dick Van Dyke in the 2017 HBO film If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast.
?Bill was a member of the cast (singer/pianist) of the world premiere production of the Cy Coleman, Alan & Marilyn Bergman musical Like Jazz at the Mark Taper Forum. He also has a deep love for Brazilian music and has worked extensively with some of Brazil’s best-known artists, including Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and Gal Costa. In addition, he has produced albums for Lisa Ono, Steve Amerson, Tony Guerrero, Deniece Williams, and Lillias White.
Bill has recorded six solo albums. Growing up in San Diego, Cantos received a Masters in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied piano with Fred Hersch. In 2011, he received their Distinguished Alumni Award.