How to Write Songs that Make the Biggest Impact by Dreaming Small with Josh Wilson

“Write what you know. Be as honest as you can and use your experience. Don’t try to be someone else.”

In episode 71, John Chisum sits down to chat all things artistry and songwriting with Josh Wilson. This Texas-native started playing piano at nine years old, then took up guitar and drums when he was 10.  From there, he never looked back. During his high school years, he continued to hone his musicianship, and eventually he fell in love with songwriting at Nashville’s Belmont University. A self-described introvert with an aversion to the spotlight, Wilson never dreamed he’d be the one behind the mic, but God had other plans.

“There’s so much to be thankful for. Even in the middle of hard times”

Wilson signed his latest record deal with Black River Christian in 2017, and in 2018, released his first single, “Dream Small,” with the new label.  As a multi-instrumentalist and live-looping enthusiast, he’s been known to play and record as many as 20 instruments on stage at any given time.

“You have a voice and experience that no one else does, so you write from there and be honest”

Some topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction // Josh Wilson – 0:38
  • How Josh Got His Start in Music – 4:28
  • Applying University Training in the Music Biz – 6:35
  • Touring with World-Renowned Artists Straight Out of College – 9:25
  • Don’t Give Up After One Bad Night – 13:15
  • NCS Bootcamp Opportunity – 17:20
  • Life Beyond Music for Josh – 19:14
  • Josh’s New Single “Dream Small” – 26:32
  • A Message to Aspiring Songwriters – 34:21
  • Wrap Up – 38:39

Check out Josh’s new single “Dream Small” available wherever you get your music!

You can watch the Dream Small interview with Josh’s wife, Becca here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEONyNaLf8M

Also, head over to www.joshwilsonmusic.com to stay connected to all that Josh is doing and to connect with him on social media.

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John Chisum

John Chisum is a pioneer in the Christian music business, serving alongside people such as Bill & Gloria Gaither, Twila Paris, Paul Baloche, Don Moen, and many more. As Managing Partner of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John seeks to empower Christian songwriters worldwide to discover and fulfill their call to write.

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