About Bryan Wilson
Wilson was promptly signed to Jackson, MS-based Malaco Records where he recorded a traditional gospel album "Bryan's Songs" (1996) and a contemporary gospel set "Growing up" (1999). The former earned the teenager a Dove and Stellar Award nomination.
After high school, Wilson took a break from recording and earned a B.A. in theology from Claflin University and then began work on his master’s of divinity degree at Princeton University Theological Seminary.
In 2005, he hit the recording studio again to record the smooth jazz flavored, autobiographical song "Still My Father" about his absentee father. It was featured on the various artists compilations "Uncloudy Days" and “Stellar Awards Hits 2007.”
In 2007, Wilson formed his own recording label Bryan's Songs Records and released the CD “A Second Coming” the following year. It was the first album where he had a hand in co-writing and producing all of the songs. It was an urban contemporary set that showed off a sophisticated modern sound for the singer. Billboard magazine’s gospel critic Gordon Ely named the contemporary gospel CD one of the Top Ten CDs of 2008.
In 2013, Wilson announced that he was changing his stage name to his full legal name of Bryan Andrew Wilson to avoid the frequent comparisons and confusions with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, the gospel singer Brian Courtney Wilson and the Portuguese recording artist Bryan Wilson. "Other than tBrian Wilson of The Beach Boys, I was recording before the other Wilsons," the Danville, IL native laughs. "So, it didn't really bother me but I don't want someone buying a ticket to see me and expecting to see a different artist so I wanted to clarify who I was as an artist. Also, I wanted to make a distinction from who I was as a child singer and establish who I am as an adult and I think that with the name switch some people may not even connect the dots that I'm the same person - just grown up."
A part of the new grown-up sound is that Wilson is releasing two very different gospel albums for two audiences with very little overlap. "I'm doing a really adult contemporary gospel album for the mainstream black gospel audience," he says. "But, I also love rock and folk music. That doesn't go over well in black gospel radio so I'm creating another album that has more of a Triple A, college radio sound and I'm excited about getting my feet wet with an entirely new audience that has no clue about my prior music."
In 2012, Wilson was ordained a Bishop of The Bapolstogic Movement, a 501C3 organization he founded to bring an authentic Azusa Street type of Pentecostal worship experience to Generations X, Y and beyond.
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