Wally Wilson

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Wally Wilson
Birth name Walter Henry Wilson
Also known as Wally
Born September 19, 1947 (age 69)
Dallas, TX
Origin American
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Record Label Manager/ Producer/Musician
Instruments Piano/Keys
Years active 1967–present
Labels Skyville Records
Associated acts Stealing Angels
Website http://skyvillenashville.com

Wally Wilson (born September 19, 1947), is an American record producer and songwriter based in Nashville.[1]


Wally Wilson has worked with artists as diverse as Leon Russell, Bo Diddley, the Neville Brothers, Junior Wells, Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Lone Star, Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Rick Trevino, Rascal Flatts and Patty Loveless, among others.[2] Along with Kenny Greenberg, Wilson produced two records for Joan Baez in the 1990s, one, Play Me Backwards (1992)[1] received a Grammy nomination. Baez credited Wilson and Greenberg for helping her to move towards a more mainstream style.[3] In an interview, she said, "Wally's most famous remark was this: 'Ya know Joan, just because ya know how to write po'try don't mean ya know how to write a decent song.' I was livid. And I knew by how angry I was how close to the truth he probably was. They write in a very different way than I do…"[4]

Wilson produced the hit country group Lonestar for BNA Records, at times co-producing with Don Cook.[5][6] Wilson produced many other recordings in the 1990s, and created the female duo Regina Regina who were one of the "Top New Stars of 1997" according to Country America magazine.[7] Wilson has written many hit songs recorded by country and blues artists, including Joe Cocker, Aaron Neville, Lonestar, Doug Stone, Linda Ronstadt, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rascal Flatts, and many more. In the mid-1990s he was part of a team of songwriters at Sony/ATV Tree whom CEO Donna Hilley valued for having both songwriting and producing credentials.[8] In 1996 MCA Music Nashville hired him as senior director of its new production company.[9] Wilson is also a successful music publisher, and along with partners Paul Worley and Glen Morgan, owns Skyline Music Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wilson began his career in Nashville working as a janitor at Tree Publishing Company, not unlike Kris Kristoferson years earlier. Wilson lives in Nashville and is still active in record production.

In 2010 Wilson and business partners Paul Worley and Glen Morgan expanded to form Skyville Records,[10] an independent country label with Sony distribution.[11] Under the agreement, Sony Music Nashville will offer manufacturing, sales and copyright administration. Under the creative direction of producer Paul Worley, Skyville develops and produces new talent.[12] Working with agents at CAA, including Rod Essig and Blake McDaniel, Wilson focuses Skyville's business model on putting its independent acts out on the road [2] while promoting new music.

In 2012, Wilson returned to songwriting when he collaborated with artist and brother-in-law, Raul Malo, for the Mavericks reunion project.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Morse, Steve (November 6, 1992). "Folk divas: Joan Baez and Judy Collins are back on the move in the '90s", The Boston Globe, p. 43.
  2. ^ a b c "Power Player - Wally Wilson". All Access. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Gavin, James (November 29, 1992). "Joan Baez, the First Lady of Folk", The New York Times, p. A25.
  4. ^ Plotnikoff, David (January 17, 1993). "Joan Baez: a folk singer not a fossil", Toronto Star, p. D6.
  5. ^ Flick, Larry (June 15, 1996). "Lonestar: Runnin' Away With My Heart", Billboard 108 (24): 74.
  6. ^ (September 13, 1996). "Lonestar on the rise: Nashville country band has hit formula", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p. 15.
  7. ^ Patterson, Jim. "A little magic and a lot of competition", Associated Press. Reprinted in The Columbian, 1997-04-02, p. y05.
  8. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (April 20, 1996). "Writer-producers churn out hits in Music City", Billboard 108 (16): 38.
  9. ^ (August 19, 1996). "People (business)", Nashville Banner, p. D4.
  10. ^ Ross,David (August 2, 2010). "Aiming For The Sky", Music Row
  11. ^ Skates, Sarah (January 25, 2011). "Skyville Records Scores Sony Distribution", Music Row.
  12. ^ Stephens, Michelle (March 4, 2011). "Paul Williams To Skyville Records", Music Row

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