About Bryan Wilson
In 1994, Bryan burst on the music scene with a soulful, melismatic rendition of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” with the Mississippi Children’s Choir that made him an overnight gospel sensation. What followed was Dove and Stellar award nominations, two solo CDS and tours with a who’s who of gospel artists such as John P. Kee, Albertina Walker and Bryan’s mentor, the late James Moore.
Bryan high notes and vocal gymnastics got him a spot o the CD, A New Creation (1994) with the Mississippi Mass Choir and Mississippi Children's Choir. The album reached #39 on Billboard’s gospel chart and has since sold over 100,000 units. Soon gospel announcers had nicknamed Wilson the “Boy Sparrow.”
Wilson’s instant success led Malaco Records to offer him his own recording deal. Among the heavy-hitter producers crafting Bryan ’s debut were gospel legend Walter Hawkins and John P. Kee. Sticking with a dramatic hymn as the radio single, “Blessed Assurance,” took the CD Bryan’s Songs to #21 on Billboard’s gospel chart in 1996. His 1999 “Growing Up” CD was half traditional and half contemporary.
After high school, Wilson moved to Orangeburg, South Carolina to stay with his surrogate father, Shane Wall, and to attend Claflin University . After graduating with a B.A. in theology, he spent a year working towards a master’s of divinity degree from Princeton University . Although, he continued to sing at Wall’s Feast of the Lord Church, he was no longer focused on having a music career until a friend Bill Carpenter persuaded him to get back in the business.
With the help of his childhood friend, Kris “Doc Sizzle” Bell Bryan released his next CD, A Second Coming, in 2008. The album contains songs that Bryan wrote or co-wrote and lyrics covering everything from a soured romance on “Smile” or his absentee dad on “Still, My Father” to a bad day at work on “Just Do Something.” It has a smooth, contemporary urban feel without the slickness of some pop music. “It has a really raw sound,” Wilson says. “The way the vocals are mixed is especially raw, but I like it. It’s a little different but I think people will like it. However, all technical music aside, my main mission for these songs is to encourage and save souls for Christ. The title of the CD talks about my second coming as an artist; but the bigger picture is these songs lead us to a discussion of the second coming of Jesus Christ.”