Josh Wilson is a Christian singer/songwriter from El Dorado, Arkansas. Known for songs such as "Dream Small", "Borrow (One Day At A Time)", "OK", and many more, Wilson is not new to the music industry. He stays connected with his local church as well as performing at concerts. Wilson took the time to answer some questions about his career, music, and songwriting process right here on Transform Media.
TM: When you go to write/record a song, what is your thought process going into the studio?
JW: I’m always collecting song ideas, just from paying attention to everyday life. I keep a list of ideas going in my phone, and whenever I’m able, I sit down in my studio and begin working on a musical piece. Once that’s up and running, I go through my lyric ideas and start writing the words. From then, it’s a pretty intertwined process. The lyric informs where the melody will go, and vice versa.
TM: You’ve been a part of the Christian music business for some time now, what is your favorite song from your career thus far and why?
JW: My favorite song I’ve released is probably “Dream Small,” as it’s autobiographical and the essence of my families faith. We try and see God and share God with others in little ways. Our lives are not extravagant, and there’s nothing extraordinary about us. We simply try and follow Jesus each day. I believe that if we’re faithful in loving God and others in little ways, He’ll do the rest. Like Mother Teresa said, “There are no great acts. Only small acts with great love."
TM: Your website says that you fell in love with songwriting while attending Belmont University. What is your process going into writing a song?
JW: My goal is to be as honest as I possibly can. I find that the more vulnerable I can be in my songwriting, the more people relate to the music I release. Being a Christian doesn’t mean life is always going to go smoothly or be easy, so in addition to songs of joy and celebration, I often write about the hard times I’ve faced.
TM: Which song is the most personal to you in regards to lyrics and musically?
JW: “Borrow” is a really personal song to me, as it chronicles my experience with anxiety and panic attacks. Through my difficulties in life, I’ve learned that following Jesus really is about taking things “one day at a time."
TM: As a Christian, how do you keep the light of Jesus alive within your life and music in this business?
JW: I try and stay connected with my local church, and with friends who keep me accountable in following Jesus. We are involved in our church small group every other week, and I start each day with reading/studying the Bible or something related to it. I’m certainly not perfect in this area, and it’s a constant battle to stay focused, but I really believe following Christ is a journey and not a destination. I haven’t, nor will I ever, “arrive."
TM: Stylistically, your vocals are amazing. Borrow (One Day At A Time) has some of the most cool vocals/music/lyrics. How do you decide how to sing a certain song after writing it or does it come naturally when you’re in the studio?
JW: Thank you so much for your kind words! Usually, whoever produces a song helps me stylize the vocals while I’m in the recording studio. I’ve been singing a long time, so a lot of it comes naturally, but I always like it when a producer pushes me to do new things.
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Student studying Public Relations and Social Media as well as acting as much as possible with hopes to work at a Christian media company when graduated.