Josh Wilson sings about life experiencescomment (0)
January 9, 2014
By Leann Callaway
With his latest album, “Carry Me,” singer/songwriter Josh Wilson shares personal stories and life lessons about relying on God for strength, stability and security.
While writing songs for this project, Wilson began experiencing severe chest and shoulder pain as well as difficulty breathing. These symptoms were so intense that Wilson believed he was having a heart attack.
He was relieved when the test results came back negative. However, after several recurring episodes, Wilson discovered he was actually having severe anxiety and panic attacks.
Despite the health issues, Wilson has maintained a busy schedule performing concerts around the country. In spring 2013, he joined the Grammy Award-winning band Third Day and American Idol finalist Colton Dixon on The Miracle Tour. In the fall he was on the Need You Now Tour with recording artists PLUMB and Mikeschair.
Recognized for his unique ability to take ordinary life experiences and turn them into soul-stirring lyrics, his songs often take listeners on a musical journey of reflection and God’s redemption.
“I try to write songs based on life experiences, either situations that I’ve experienced personally or circumstances that I’ve watched my friends go through,” Wilson said. “I want to encourage people with the promises that we’ve been given in Scripture.
“I hope the songs encourage Christians to dig deeper and to live out the gospel that has changed all of us. ... For those who don’t know Christ, I hope that these songs are a good introduction to His love, grace and the truth of the gospel.”
Before Wilson received his first guitar, he made a promise to his father that he would use the instrument for God. Wilson honored that commitment and began leading worship for his youth group. After high school, he attended Belmont University in Nashville where he won the Christian Music Showcase during his junior year.
Following graduation from Belmont in 2006, Wilson signed with Sparrow Records and released his major label debut, “Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup,” in 2008. The album was met with critical acclaim and hailed as the “future of Christian pop.”
During concerts, Wilson reflects on his recent struggles and encourages audiences to rest in God’s Word during times of uncertainty.
“I think God is reminding me to trust Him in a way that I never have before, especially with the anxiety attacks,” he said. “One of my favorite verses lately is Exodus 14:14, ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ I’ve always said that Jesus is all that I need, but when He really is all that you have, it becomes clear how much you need to depend on Him daily.
“If people are still searching for the truth when they come to a concert, my prayer is that the songs will point people closer to Jesus. It’s my desire through these songs for people to realize that Jesus is the answer to what they are searching for, and He is the only one who can fill the void in their life and mend all the broken pieces.”