Billy McLaughlin
Speaker, Composer



Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, composer and inspirational performer who has appeared on Billboard’s TopTen Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award (National Association for Campus Activities).

Now serving as Ambassador for Awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, McLaughlin is the winner of the 2010 Public Leadership in Neurology Award (American Academy of Neurology) whose previous winners include Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer, Michael J. Fox, and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Billy maintains an international schedule of concert appearances and speaking engagements. He resides in his home state of Minnesota where he is proudly raising two boys.



Billy’s Inspiration

In 1999 Billy vanished from sight of his national fan base, his career crumbling due to a little-known neuromuscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure, he embarked on an unlikely attempt to reclaim center-stage by re-learning his unique guitar music one note at a time…left-handed! 

 His amazing comeback is captured on the concert DVD Coming Back Alive, and the award-winning documentary Changing Keys, which is currently airing on many PBS stations. Learn how Billy turned the worst thing that ever happened in his life, into the best thing!