Wed 27 Dec 2017, 09:00
You will be able to watch will.i.am on DStv in January 2018, when he appears as a coach on The Voice UK on ITV Choice, alongside Olly Murs, Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson.
The multi-talented entertainer is probably best known as frontman for the group The Black Eyed Peas, but there’s a lot more to both his music career and his life as a whole.
Here are a few fast facts about will.i.am that you may not have known:
In addition to serving as The Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer, he has produced tracks for a number of other performers, ranging from John Legend and Nas to Carlos Santana and Brittney Spears.
He was one of the early investors in Beats By Dre and has described The Black Eyed Peas’ hit track “Boom Boom Pow” as the first “Beats By Dre commercial”.
When he discovered that The Voice UK was being broadcast on a public broadcaster in England, he donated his entire salary for the series to funding computer programming initiatives for the underprivileged.
He founded a technology company called i.am+ whose ventures include digital cameras and AI customer-interface systems for businesses.
He was awarded an honourary fellowship by the Institution of Engineering and Technology due to his work in the tech space.
He is founder and president of the i.am.angel foundation, a charity dedicated to “transforming lives through education, inspiration and opportunity.” Among their initiatives are college scholarships and STEAM education initiatives.