Jim Wilson (musician)

Jim Wilson is an American recording artist and piano technician.

Jim Wilson
Born
James Wilson

OccupationMusician, songwriter, technician
Years active1981–present
Notable work
Northern Seascape, Cape of Good Hope
WebsiteJim Wilson Music

Early lifeEdit

Wilson was born in Greenville, South Carolina. When he was six, he and his family moved to Amarillo, Texas, where he grew up.[1]

Wilson attended Tascosa High School in Amarillo where he was later inducted into its Hall of Fame on March 26, 2007.[2][3][4]

CareerEdit

Recording careerEdit

Wilson is a Yamaha-endorsed recording artist [5] of piano-featured instrumentals with 10 recordings released to date. Three of Wilson's albums have appeared on the Billboard Top-20 charts.[6] PBS produced and aired the music special Jim Wilson: A Place in my Heart filmed live in Amarillo, Texas at the Globe-News Center. Wilson was accompanied by artists Eric Rigler and Romina Arena [7] In addition to his work as a solo artist, Wilson has also been the keyboard player and musical director for recording artist Stephen Bishop since October, 2004.[8][9]

In July, 2020, Wilson teamed up with Arlo Guthrie to release a well received recording of Stephen Foster's moving song "Hard Times Come Again No More". The song debuted on Rolling Stone's website as an editorial article and music video. The record was produced and performed by Wilson on Piano and sung by Guthrie featuring vocalist Vanessa Bryan. The separate pieces of the song and music video were mixed together from remote recordings made by each of the artists.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Piano technician careerEdit

Wilson has been a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild since 1981.[16] Wilson collaborated with the Burbank, California company, Spectrasonics on the release of "Keyscape", a new “virtual instrument that features the largest selection of unique, collector keyboards in the world” - including Wilson's personal, customized Yamaha C7.[17] Ten years in the making, the library was released on September 1, 2016.

Title Details Peak Chart Position
‘’Northern Seascape’’[18]
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Angel EMI, Green Hill Music
  • Formats: CD
21
‘’Cape of Good Hope’’[19]
  • Release date: 2000
  • Label: Green Hill Music, Willow Bay Music
  • Formats: CD
8
‘’Quiet Shadows’’
  • Release date: 2000
  • Label: Green Hill Music, Willow Bay Music
  • Formats: CD
-
‘’Sanctuary (aka A Place in My Heart)’’
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Green Hill Music, Willow Bay Music
  • Formats: CD
-
‘’Beneath the Olympian Skies (aka Olympian Dreams)’’
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: Green Hill Music, Willow Bay Music
  • Formats: CD
-
‘’My First Christmas With You’’
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: Green Hill Music
  • Formats: CD
-
‘’Leader of the Band’’
  • Release date: 2010
  • Label: Green Hill Music
  • Formats: CD
-
‘’My Mother’s Son’’
  • Release date: 2014
  • Label: Willow Bay Music
  • Formats: CD
-
‘’Discovery’’
  • Release date: 2014
  • Label: Willow Bay Music
  • Formats: CD
-
‘’Remembrance’’[20]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Label: Willow Bay Music
  • Formats: CD
2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Jim Wilson | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Jim Wilson: Tascosa HS Hall of Fame". SharpSchool. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Mainly Piano Jim Wilson". Mainly Piano.
  4. ^ "Amarillo Jim Wilson". Amarillo.com.
  5. ^ "Yamaha Artists Jim Wilson".
  6. ^ "Billboard Charts".
  7. ^ "Jim Wilson PBS Special".
  8. ^ "Stephen Bishop Keyboardist".
  9. ^ "Getty Images".
  10. ^ "Rolling Stone Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Grateful Web Music News". Grateful Web.
  12. ^ "Jambands Music News". Jambands.
  13. ^ "Mercury News Hard Times". Mercury News.
  14. ^ "Folk Alley Hard Times". Folk Alley.
  15. ^ "Oakland Press". Oakland Press.
  16. ^ "Piano Tech Guild".
  17. ^ "Spectrasonics".
  18. ^ "Billboard Chart Northern Seascape".
  19. ^ "Billboard Chart Cape of Good Hope".
  20. ^ "Billboard Chart Remembrance".

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