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The choice of being a musician was never an option for Chad Wilson…it was expected. Coming from a small blue collar town in Central Alabama, this 3rd generation entertainer was performing at church events by the time he was 4, touring as a drummer for a well known southern gospel group at 7, traveling the south with a metal band at 15, and headlining his first show as a country singer by the time he was 16.
While most artist struggle with finding their musical identity, laboriously trying different styles like a piece of clothing, Chad Wilson emerged genuinely and in full command of his identity…an identity formed by the culmination of his multi-instrument musician skills, his nationally recognized songwriting ability, and his instantly recognizable vocals. And his new music, soon to be coming from his first major record out of Nashville, is a testament to each of these identity traits.
A collection of an all original, new sounding record, Chad Wilson’s captivating and moving debut heralds the arrival of a gifted and significant new talent, one whose music feels familiar in the best possible way, yet paving its own path into its own place.
“The path don’t matter, it’s the way you take it…be who you want, don’t ever fake it” are not just lyrics to a Chad Wilson song, but it also serves as a way of life for this young talent. And that path of music, though seemingly inevitable, has taken him from the small town of Alexander City, Alabama, to towns and cities all across America; from small honky tonk stages and outdoor festivals, to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
But even as he will tell you in his own words, the move to Nashville was the easy part. It was the realization that the days of the singer were numbered and the industry was shifting its focus onto more in depth artist that could both sing and write their own songs. “I had been writing for several years before I moved to Nashville. I even think I had written my very first song when I was like 12 or something. But I never really had taken my songwriting serious. I had moved to Nashville to sing country music…and play my guitar. I don’t even think I could have told you the name of not 1 single hit songwriter at the time.” He adds laughingly “…maybe Garth Brooks. But everyone knew that.” But a chance encounter with someone who would eventually become his mentor, Chad Wilson found songwriting to be his own defining revelation. “My heroes now are songwriters. I mean, If you would have asked me when I moved here who my inspirations were, then I would have said Vern Gosdin or in fact Garth Brooks. And he still is of course, but for me now it’s the Jeffrey Steele’s and the Craig Wiseman’s that I aspire to be like.” He goes on to add “I mean…if it’s all about the song, as people always say, then I want to be the one writing it!”
That new sense of direction coupled with his musical and vocal abilities, Chad Wilson has never looked back. From landing his first publishing deal not long after he had made Nashville home to now recording his first major record, there very well may be no limit to where his path is going to take him. Attracting the likes of multi-platinum songwriter Kenny Lamb, #1 hit songwriter Preston Brust, nationally renowned producer/artist Chris Rowe, Sony music recording Rexton Lee, country outlaw Wayne Mills, Momentum Records artist Rachel Lanaye, and Atlanta recording artist/brother Kyle Wilson to name a few, Chad Wilson will soon be adding “National Recording Artist” to his name as well.