Bill Champlin - Sons of Champlin's Vocalist and Guitarist

BY NIHAL BHANDARY Updated on 09 March, 2021

Bill Champlin is an American musician, arranger, producer, and a songwriter.

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Birth Name William Bradford Champlin
Birth Day 05/21/1947
Birth place Oakland, California, United States
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Profession Musician
Husband/Wife Tamara Champlin,
Sibling Mimi Champlin , Sally Champlin.
Net Worth $10 million
College/University Tamalpais High School
Children Bradford Raymond Champlin ,Amy Jo Kelly, Will Champlin
Personal Website
Eye color Green
Hair Color White

The iconic jazz-pop band Chicago's former member, Bill Champlin was born on May 21, 1947, in Oakland, California, United States. Bill founded the band The Opposite Six in his high school which was renamed later to The Sons of Champlin. The band released their debut studio album Loosen Up Naturally in 1969 which was a massive hit among the audience.

The talented musician, Bill Champlin's net worth is estimated to be $10 million which he has amassed from his career as a singer, musician, arranger, producer, and a songwriter. He was raised alongside his two sisters, Mimi Champlin and Sally Champlin.

Champlin has two children, Bradford Raymond Champlin, and Amy Jo Kelly from his first marriage. But later on, Champlin married to Tamara Champlin, a singer/songwriter in 1982. The adorable couple has been married for over 3 decades and have a son named Will Champlin.

Net Worth and Sources of Income

Sons of Champlin founder, Bill Champlin's net worth is estimated to be $10 million which he has accumulated from his long-running career as a musician and a songwriter. He has released multiple award-winning songs throughout his career.

Income from Music

As mentioned earlier, Bill’s musical career began in 1961 when he formed a band called the Opposite Six but then renamed it to Sons of Champlin. The band released some breathtaking songs in just a couple years. Although the songs he released back then weren't commercially successful, they were extremely loved by the audience. However, Bill joined with Jerry Miller of Moby Grape in The Rhythm Dukes and released one album named "Flashbacks" in 2005 which brought him a massive net worth.

Bill Champlin has a huge net worth

Because of his talent, Bill was excessively in demand for his singing, appearing on hundreds of recordings throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Champlin also won two Grammys for co-writing two songs with Jay Graydon, David Foster, and Steve Lukather. He then worked with widely successful band REO Speedwagon. He also collaborated with many artists like Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, and Kenny Rogers. He has also released his solo album, "Single" which is sure to have helped him gain a gigantic sum.

Songs and Albums

Bill Champlin's band the Sons of Champlin's' first album, “Loosen Up Naturally,” was released in 1969 and followed by six more albums before the band disbanded in 1977. A number of these albums have been re-released and are available for purchase. In 1978 Bill released his first solo album called “Single.” which gained gigantic popularity. In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing the song “After the Love is Gone,” with Jay Graydon and David Foster.

Bill Champlin is a songwriter

In 1980, he won another Grammy for co-writing the song  “Turn Your Love Around" alongside releasing his second solo album, “Runaway.” the same year. Bill released four more solo albums: “Burn Down The Night” (1992), “Through It All” (1994), “He Started To Sing” (1995) and “Mayday” (1996). He also released a number of songs whilst in Chicago, founded by Danny Seraphine which were major hits and topped charts for a long time.

The Sons of Champlin reunited in 1997 releasing “Live At The Luther Burbank Center” in 1998, as well as “Secret” and “Hip Lil’ Dreams” in 2002. Bill’s latest solo release is “No Place Left To Fall” available in both CD and DVD, which was recorded at The Barber Shop Studios in Hopatcong, New Jersey.


Bill Champlin was born in Oakland, California on May 21, 1947, to a family full of music enthusiasts.  He has two sisters, Mimi Champlin, and Sally Champlin who were both really into singing too. In fact, his entire family were singers, including his grandparents. 

Champlin was married in the 1970s and had two children named Bradford Raymond Champlin, and Amy Jo Kelly. He married again in 1982 to his second wife, Tamara Champlin, a singer-songwriter and have been together ever since.

Bill Champlin has a happy family.

The lovely pair of Bill Champlin and Tamara Champlin have a son named Will Champlin who finished third on Season 5 of The Voice in 2019. As of now, Bill Champlin resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Published on 22 September, 2019

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