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Billy McLaughlin

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Board Member

Phone: (312) ***-****  HQ Phone
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
One East Wacker Drive Suite 2810
Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States

Company Description: The DMRF is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving all people with dystonia and their families. Since 1976, the DMRF has grown from a small family-based...   more

Employment History


  • Washburn High School
  • degree , guitar performance
    University of Southern California
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Guitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin talks about his experience with dystonia and the Musicians Dystonia Summit that took place March 9-10, 2012 in New York, New York. Billy is the DMRF's Awareness Ambassador and ex officio Board Member. He also co-leads the Minnesota Dystonia Support Group.
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SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin
Stay close to the heart of Christmas! Guitarist McLaughlin and his award-winning group combine acoustic arrangements and three-part harmonies to bring a modern flair to traditional Christmas carols and hymns that cover the arc of the Christmas narrative in a beautiful and profound program. Billy McLaughlin joins medical research board, 25 Aug 2011 [cached]
Billy McLaughlin joins medical research board Contributed by Gawain Reifsnyder, Sunday August 28th, 2011
CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Critically-acclaimed guitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin is the newest member to join the board of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), a non-profit organization that serves individuals impacted by dystonia, a neurological disease.
>>Check out some of Billy's guitar videos here.
"The DMRF is an organization that's making great progress in research to better understand and cure this disorder-and to bring visibility to the devastating impact of dystonia on those of us who are diagnosed," says McLaughlin. "I'm thrilled to continue being a part of this work."
McLaughlin, a Minneapolis native, began developing his signature sound at the University of Southern California. Employing his unique style of placing both hands on the fretboard, he began composing for his first release by creating a harp-like effect on the acoustic guitar. This unusual approach led McLaughlin to extensive national touring and multiple NACA Campus Entertainer awards. In 1995 McLaughlin signed a multi-album, international contract with the Virgin Records label Narada whose first release, Fingerdance, peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts. Hundreds of shows a year and deep into his contract, he began struggling with his hands.
For two years, McLaughlin grappled with mysterious and unrelenting muscle spasms in his left hand. As symptoms grew worse he could no longer perform most of his own repertoire. In 2001, McLaughlin was diagnosed with focal hand dystonia. Against doctors' recommendations, McLaughlin began the daunting journey of teaching himself to play in his signature style, left-handed. In 2004 a film crew began following McLaughlin's desperate attempt to regain his career. In 2007, Billy published a limited release of Into the Light, a concert recording of compositions for acoustic guitar with string orchestra, and his first recording as a left-handed guitarist.
"Billy is as energetic and enthusiastic about making life better for people with dystonia as he is about his music, which is truly inspiring.
McLaughlin was appointed DMRF's Ambassador of Awareness in 2009 for his efforts to educate the public about dystonia. The documentary about his journey, Changing Keys, began airing on PBS stations across the country in 2010. That same year, he received the American Academy of Neurology Leadership in Public Neurology Award. McLaughlin is a frequent speaker at DMRF events, founded a support group, and has been an active legislative advocate on behalf of the dystonia community for the past two years.
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Billy McLaughlin joins medical research board Guitarist with dystonia (a neurological disease) reaches out Sunday August 28th, 2011
CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Critically-acclaimed guitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin is the newest member to join the board of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation...
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