Brian Courtney Wilson
The miracle and genius of Brian Courtney Wilson’s music ministry has hardly gone unnoticed. Since the release of his debut CD,Just Love,Wilson has been touted as one of gospel music’s contemporary break-through artists of 2010/2011. The three-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominee released his current album, So Proud on Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel label imprint on February 7, 2012. So Proud debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, #1 on the Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart, #5 on Billboard’s Independent chart and #44 on Billboard’s Top 200.
Wilson’s sophomore CD, So Proud, received great reviews. “Wilson’s tone and
downright in- the-pocket delivery stand out in a sea of gospel male vocalists who often substitute acrobatics for solid singing. Brian Courtney Wilson affirms the very reason we fell in love with his artistry the first go ‘round,” says GospelPundit.com. “On So Proud, Wilson’s vocals are more refined and smoother than his distinctively raspier vocals on Just Love,” says EURWEB.com.
The highly-anticipated project features 12 songs. Wilson wrote or collaborated on most of the songs, and served as co- producer for all of the tracks on the CD. So Proud features several GRAMMY® award and multiple award-winning producers and songwriters including Stan Jones, Aaron W. Lindsey and P.J. Morton.
Wilson’s inaugural CD, Just Love, entered at #2 on the Billboard Top Gospel Album chart and #6 on Billboard’s Top Christian Album chart. The CD has remained at #1 on Christian Music Trade Association’s (CMTA) Inspirational Album chart for 52 weeks. Since its release in June 2009, the CD held steady in the Top 20 on the Billboard Top Gospel Album chart for over 90 weeks—longer than any other CD title on Billboard’s Top 50 that year .
Music World Gospel’s founder and CEO, Mathew Knowles, upon first meeting Wilson and listening to his single, “Already Here,” was immediately sold on Wilson’s singularly stylized music. Wilson says Music World Gospel has become the perfect home for his sacred art: “It’s a place where I can do more than just church music. I can do music for the world that’s rooted in the church.”
As a fitting follow-up, the Music World Gospel relaunch, Just Love Deluxe Edition, re-entered on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart at #3. Just Love made music chart history, Wilson was the only artist to have four active singles [“All I Need,” “Already Here,” “Just Love,” and “Awesome God”] on Billboard’s Gospel charts, and all have peaked in the Top 5, 10 and 15 positions [2009/2010]. His first single release, “All I Need,” was then, the longest-running current single, charting 92 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song chart.
In 2009, “All I Need” was named Song of the Year at the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards, which also saluted producer Stan Jones as Producer of the Year for his work on the project. In 2010, Wilson received two Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award nominations for New Artist of the Year and Urban Recorded Song of the Year for “Just Love,” which was followed in 2011 with his third nomination for Urban Recorded Song of the Year for “All I Need.” Also in 2010, he was nominated by the Atlanta Gospel Music Choice Awards for Song of the Year for “All I Need” and he was also included in the The Root.com list of 100 Young Achievers and Pace Setters. In September 2010, Wilson received the Gospel Music Heritage Month Rising Artist Award. In early 2011, Wilson received a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Album of the Year (Traditional and Contemporary). In March 2012, Wilson and his wife Stacey were presented with the Black Marriage Hall of Fame Entertainment Duo Award.
God is real to Brian Courtney Wilson. “Every good thing that’s happened to me has happened because of God’s favor and grace in my life,” he says. “Even the stuff that He’s calling me to do, I can’t do it on my own. I can work as hard as I can, but ultimately God provides the increase.”
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