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Sax Preacher aka Darrell Wilson was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He began playing the Sax at Englewood High School in 1972. After graduating from high school in 1976, Sax Preacher went on to pursue a career in music. He continued his music studies at Olive-Harvey College where he met and took private lessons with jazz great Jimmy Ellis. He also studied music at Kennedy-King College (Doug Turner) & Loop College (James Mack). Later he attended Columbia College and Majored in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management with a Minor in Theatre. After leaving college and starting a few production companies with other people. He teamed up with Lincoln University Music Major Tyrone Williams (Omari Jahi Aton), recorded and produced 3 CD's & 2 Live DVD's on TOMA Records and have sold to this date over 10,000 copies through their own distribution channel.
"In 1987 after taking my will to its extreme, I was diagnosed with a rare incurable lung disorder called Sarcoidosis. The doctor said that because of the scar tissue on my lungs, I would never play the saxophone again. The Creator proved the doctors wrong, they said I had only 18 months to live, but when GOD calls you on a mission you might run for a while but you can’t hide. I stopped running, repented of my transgressions, and GOD through the use of nature’s herbs, prayer, and a change in diet, healed me.
By 1990, 9 years after the original conception of T.O.M.A. I came to the realization that our people have been so used and abused in other production companies that it was hard for them to trust anyone with their careers. This was a great concern of mine, so I was inspired by God to take the Temple of Music Assoc. to another level of service. And so was born The Temple of Mercy Association."
Sax Preacher and Omari (Keyboards), have been performing songs from their CD's at Gigs throughout the Chicago and Suburban areas. Mostly performing as a duet and sometimes with the back up band, Energy, Time, & Space. The current members of E.T.S. are Earl O'Neal (Guitar), James Thornton (Bass), David Ivory (Bass), and Glover Washington, Jr. (Drums). The Band has been with TOMA Production since 1987. Sax Preacher and Omari have shared the stage with R Kelly & MGM, Lou Rawls, Art Porter, Roy Hytower (Doctu), Tyrone Davis, Buddy Ace, Koco Koco Taylor, Otis Clay, Bernie Mac, Adele Givens and many, many more.
He’s the founder of the Temple of Mercy Association, Board member of the Pastors of Englewood, Chairman of the United American Progress Association, CEO of Toma Records, Co - Owner of the Everything Black Retail Store, Publisher of the "Wake Up" Newspaper, Member of the "Clergy Advisory Council" for the Cook County Sheriff's Dept.