Brian Courtney Wilson
|Brian Courtney Wilson|
|Birth name||Brian Courtney Wilson|
|Labels||Spirit Rising/Music World/Motown Gospel|
After growing up, Wilson enrolled at the University of Illinois, where he also sang in the black chorus. He eventually graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with an emphasis on economics. Wilson took a job as a pharmaceutical salesman, while he continued to sing on his free time.
After seven years, Wilson moved to Houston, Texas, to work for Johnson & Johnson. He started visiting Windsor Village United Methodist Church with a friend and became a born-again Christian. After some time, Wilson was invited to write music for their services, with some of his songs receiving airplay in local radio stations.
At some point, Wilson met Pastor Rudy Rasmus, who was looking for songs to pitch to friend and music entrepreneur Mathew Knowles. After listening to Wilson's song "Already Here", Knowles signed Wilson to his record label Spirit Rising/Music World.
In 2009, Wilson released his debut album titled Just Love. The album was produced by Stan Jones and features contributions by Tommy Simms. In 2010, the title song was nominated for a Dove Award for Urban Recorded Song of the Year, while Wilson himself was nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards. Wilson re-released a deluxe edition of his album on October 5 of the same year, accompanied by a nationwide tour through several cities in the United States.
In 2012, Wilson undertook two projects simultaneously. First, he released the album "So Proud". According to amazon.com, Wilson recalls that "The inspiration for this project came three years ago when I penned “So Proud,” the title song and the CD project’s first single. The song is about remembering … remembering the reasons why you should keep going when the days seem the hardest...remembering your value when people cast you aside...remembering the people who did not give up on you when you feel like giving up on yourself...and most of all, it's about remembering that the reason we have so much to remember is because God has always been there to make a way through the people in our lives.” The album debuted at #1 on the Top Gospel Albums charts, and the singles "So Proud" and "He Still Cares" made their way to radio.
It was also in 2012 that he united with Gospel legend Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister and R&B artist Eric Roberson to make the United Tenors project, which was released in 2013. Cited as the last addition to the group, it was clear once the production began ... that Wilson quickly left his fingerprints on the project.
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Awards and nominations
|2010||GMA Dove Awards||New Artist of the Year||Nominated|