Erik Wilson


Erik Wilson, was born and raised in Chicago, IL to Pastor Donald and Annell Wilson. The eldest of 3 boys, growing up as the son of a preacher, expectations were high. Knowing God's word, accepting Christ's salvation, and living with the help of the holy spirit had been embedded in his daily home teachings and never left his heart as he grew into a man of God and began sharing his teachings and experiences with God as a father and husband. Erik was blessed to be surrounded by talent. His mother was a soprano. His father, a tenor and Musical Director at Calvery MB church before tranisitioning to Christ Temple in Chicago. Erik began playing the organ and piano at the age of 12. He became an accomplished organist/keyboardist/pianonist. He began teaching his choir and became the minister of music at his church at 16. Erik's style was greatly influenced by the music of the Tommies, Ricky Dillard, Rev Clay Evans, Dr Charles G Hayes, James Hall, Kirk Franklin, and John P. Kee. After 2 talented and blessed boys Erik and Zadean, and 16 years of being married to his beautiful and supportive life partner Ashley Wilson, he found himself in spiritual warfare for his life and family. At his lowest point, God reminded Erik of his power and victory by giving him his first song, 'I'm A Winner'. It was in the words that God had given Erik that he found his strength to overcome and fight in the supernatural. After allowing the words to minister him, Erik began writing music, and it was at this point that God had given him a song to testify and share with others. "I'm A Winner' came to fruition after lots of prayer and trust in God and hard work by Erik and his loyal team, making it's debut June 14, 2019. Erik has been charged to continue writing and believes choir music should once again return to the forefront of gospel music. Erik is a licensed therapist in mental health and believes inspirational music is healing for our minds and souls.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is inspirational, uplifting, a mood changer, encouraging, and even exciting. I consider music to be a window into someone's creative mind and heart. A form of expression. Music is art. Its gives me energy and something to get away from the burdens of the world.

What is your music dream?

To reach people across the globe with my music. To walk into a coffee shop and hear someone listening to the song and say Hey that's Erik Wilson I lovd your music and it inspires me to keep going! I would love to experience this journey with the team behind me who have been with me since the beginning. To help people stay encouraged.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would start with human equality, both economically and racially. I want everyone to have the same EQUAL and fair opportunity to succeed, receive healthcare, and be able to live their dreams if they work for it.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Well if I'm sticking with Gospel Music I would say there are a few but one in particular is Ricky Dillard's Every knee shall bow/or the Tommies Over and Over. I love those songs

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Ricky Dillard, The Tommies, James Hall, Chicago Mass, John P Kee, Donald Lawrence, Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Dr. Charles G. Hayes and the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir, and Rev Clay Evans.

What inspires you to make music?

Good Music and I mean having a great band. I think the words for me come from my heart so if I can create a great musical selection with the band I get excited. I love to hear choirs with great vocals and great music behind them.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Don't give up! You can win! Never stop trying! Don't worry about your past and what others say about you. Keep fighting and striving to achieve your goals.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Well always a little nervous but excited. I am shy so I have to channel into my music to focus on the mission at hand. But it is inspiring to see people enjoy your music.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Musicians are so important to the execution of your song. They enforce the energy of the song. Without them the song reaches a ceiling that only outstanding vocals can surpass. Musicians need to always work on their craft and also professionalism. Remain humble and keep your word.

What do you think of Drooble?

So far I like it! I hope it is worth the effort and energy I am putting into it!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

When thing get delayed or when someone treats your project as if it is not important. That hasn't happened much, but it has happened.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes I try as much as possible to support local artists. I attend their concerts. I also purchase CDs and I try to learn from what they do well. Without supporting them how can you be supported?

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Creativity, Professionalism, Uniqueness, and always remain professional and humble. Be persistent and consistent. Be timely and able to be sociable.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Tallie Rogers is amazing! Jeremy Miles. Torry Dulaney