Josh Wilson (musician)

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Josh Wilson
Birth name Joshua David Wilson[1]
Born (1983-11-14) November 14, 1983 (age 33)[2][3]
El Dorado, Arkansas[4]
Origin Lubbock, Texas, U.S.[4]
Genres Contemporary Christian, folk, adult contemporary, pop rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, Hammered dulcimer, ukulele, mandolin
Years active 2004–present
Labels Sparrow

Joshua David "Josh" Wilson (born November 14, 1983) is a contemporary Christian musician from El Dorado, Arkansas.[5][6][7] He is best known for the radio singles "Savior, Please" from his 2008 album Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup and "Before the Morning" from his 2009 EP, Life is Not a Snapshot.[8][9][10][11]

Josh Wilson's songs reflect humor and emotional aspects in his single "Savior, Please", coupled with his musings on the subject of finances on "Dear Money". Growing up in Lubbock, Texas, Wilson often listened to music or played it. By age 7, his interest in music had expanded to include other instruments. After taking piano lessons, he also added drums and guitar to his growing collection of musical competencies.[12] "I've always been a big believer in pursuing what you're passionate about," he stated. "I think God gives us all passions and talents, and ultimately, He wants us to use those for His glory. And since I happen to love music, I guess I always knew I'd do something with it."[13]

After releasing a successful self-titled album in 2010 showcasing his single "Before The Morning", Wilson released an album, See You, in February fourth of 2011. The most popular song on the album is "I Refuse", with "Fall Apart" in close second.[14][15] The song "I Refuse" was inspired by the aftermath of the storms that flooded the city of Nashville, Tennessee in the spring of 2010, and deals with the idea that Christians should refuse to just stand by during times of suffering, instead of pursuing justice and furthering God's kingdom.[16] His style in that album was said to have out of the ordinary worship experience with a strong lyrics led by a loud acoustic guitar. Josh Wilson also released a new Christmas album, Noel, on October 5, 2012. The most popular on that album is one of the ones he wrote, "Jesus Is Alive", which has risen to the top of all his most purchased songs.[15][17]

On January 3, 2010, during security delays at Newark Liberty International Airport, Wilson decided to pull out his guitar and entertain his fellow passengers. He played the Beatles' "Hey Jude" and the crowd sang along.[18] Video of the incident was posted multiple times on YouTube and it went viral shortly after.[19][20] A couple of years later, on March 19, 2012 Josh Wilson achieved the “Christian Songwriter/Artist of the Year” award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.[21] He was also named as the future of Christian pop music. His album, Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup, was labeled one of the top ten albums of the year by[22]



Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Title Peak Chart Positions[24] Album
Hot Christian Songs
2008 "3 Minute Song" 26 Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup
2009 "Savior, Please" 7
"Sing" 40 Life is Not a Snapshot
2010 "Before the Morning" 3
2011 "I Refuse" 3 See You
"Fall Apart" 6


  1. ^ Wilson, Joshua David. "Josh Wilson Database Profle". ASCAP. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Josh. "Artist Profile (Josh Wilson)". Christian Music Review. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Josh (November 14, 2011). "Josh Wilson Birthday". Josh Wilson Official Twitter. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson, Josh. "Josh Wilson Profile". PureVolume. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Christa Banister. "Trying to Fit the Ocean In a Cup". Christianity Today. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Josh Wilson Discography". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ Matt Conner, Josh Wilson. "Meet Singer-Songwriter Josh Wilson". CMCentral ( Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ Adam Dawson (May 18, 2008). "Josh Wilson, "Trying To Fit The Ocean In A Cup" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ Jared Johnson. "Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Josh Wilson Biography, Interviews, and Music Interviews". Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  11. ^ "He's Been There : Josh Wilson : Rhapsody". September 13, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Albums by Josh Wilson – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". November 26, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Josh Wilson". Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Josh Wilson: He's Been There - Muziek op Google Play". September 13, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Apple Inc. (n.d.). Josh Wilson. Retrieved December 6, 2012, from iTunes website:
  16. ^ "Refusing to Just Stand By". Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ Ham, R. (December 7, 2011). Josh Wilson: See You. Retrieved December 5, 2011, from Christianity Today website: februaryweb-only/see-mini.html
  18. ^ "Josh Wilson - He's Been There | Listen Free | iHeartRadio". Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Stuck in Newark". YouTube. January 3, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  20. ^ Poole, Heather (January 6, 2010). "Galley Gossip: Interview with musician Josh Wilson (The Hey, Jude Newark Airport guy)". Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Browse Albums | Discover & Download Music". eMusic. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  22. ^ The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. (March 20, 2012). Ben Glover Named ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year at 34th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  23. ^ "Spotify". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Christian Songs". Retrieved December 30, 2011. 

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