Born in Lubbock, Texas, singer and songwriter Josh Wilson was the son of a preacher, and not only was he exposed to hymns and classical music while growing up, but he also absorbed secular pop, rock, and folk, all of which he mixes into his contemporary-sounding and deeply spiritual brand of Christian pop.
He released an independent album, Dragonfly, in 2004, following it with a second independent release, the Shake the Shadow EP, in 2006. That same year he signed with Sparrow Records, and in 2008 the much acclaimed Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup appeared from the label, with Sing: A Christmas EP following that same year in time for the holiday season. Another EP, Life Is Not a Snapshot, was released in 2009. On January 3, 2010, during an intense security delay at Newark Liberty International Airport, Wilson calmed and entertained fellow passengers by singing the Beatles' "Hey Jude," and a video of his performance went viral soon after, greatly expanding Wilson's audience. The self-titled Josh Wilson album appeared later that same year, followed in early 2011 by See You, which yielded two Top Ten Christian singles in "I Refuse" and "Fall Apart." A second Christmas release, this time a full-length called Noel, arrived in 2012, and among the traditional holiday fare was an original track called "Jesus Is Alive," which has since become one of Wilson's most popular songs. Continuing to find success, Wilson's next two albums, 2013's Carry Me and 2015's That Was Then, This Is Now reached number five and number four, respectively, on the Christian Albums chart, and both broke into Billboard's Top 200 pop chart. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi