I have a secret. One that I’ve kept to myself for quite some time. Working in the music industry (even as the lowest of the low on the totem pole) you see the in’s and out’s of artists lives. Your favorite artist might actually be a jerk in his private life. I saw a lot of sides of people and have lots of stories I wish I could reveal about different artists but alas, I’m not writing a tell – all here. However, it’s always weird to talk about people you know who are in the public eye because inevitably there is interest and intrigue.
But in this one instance, I can’t hold it back any longer. He has no idea I’m writing this and no idea what I’m about to say, but I need to confess something about Josh Wilson. Josh Wilson is one of the most quality people I have ever known. We met several years ago at Belmont. I’m not sure if he even remembers, but I do. I was blown away by his talent and one day my roommate and I ran into him in the cafe on campus. We all started chatting and he warned us about certain classes and teachers. Three years later, my boss set up a meeting to meet with Josh about management.
Josh had just locked down his deal with EMI and was looking for a new manager. Knowing how talented he was, I raved about his abilities and how funny he was just from the few interactions I had with him. Chris took the meeting and things seemed to go well. It took a few months but eventually Chris and Josh decided to work together. I was thrilled, not only because he was amazing but because it meant I got to be more hand’s on with an artists career. Josh and Chris both graciously allowed me to overstep my “assistant” bounds and gave me the freedom to test the waters as far as management goes.
Most of all the three of us had fun together. Before he left for a big tour we had a “pimp my merch table” day where we set up an 8×10 table and figured out how to make it attractive to fans during shows. It may or may not have involved chinese lanterns, disco balls, and crazy printed table runners. It was one of my favorite days of work – ever. Not only is he funny, witty, and talented but he’s incredibly humble and down to earth.
I saw Josh in numerous situations and I was consistently impressed with his character, the way he treated people (especially the ones I wanted to strangle), and the maturity of his relationship with Christ when no one was looking. He truly lived out the message of the Gospel.
Case in point – we were in Missouri for a show, when we stopped to get gas. As we were pulling out of the gas station, we came to a stop sign and there was a homeless couple on the side begging for money or anything to spare. Josh quickly asked me to reach behind the seat and get a Sonic gift card. Pause. Now you need to understand, when you’re a young twenty-something-beginning-of-your-career-musician, food gift cards are like gold. No, maybe better than gold. They are life. So this Sonic gift card was a big deal. Un Pause. Seeing as the couple was on my side of the car, he rolled down my window, I handed the gift card to them, and he said something along the lines of, thought you could use this, God bless.
The couple, instantly grateful and excited. thanked him profusely as we waved and rolled up the window to drive away. I know that even if I hadn’t been in the car, Josh is the type of man who takes His relationship with the Lord so seriously, he still would have done the exact same thing. This instance happened over three years ago and it still sticks in my brain as a measure I hold myself to. So, enough of me trying to convince you that Josh is a phenomenal human being – why would I feel the need to extol his virtues? Because my dear friend released his third (and in my opinion, best) album.
As someone who loves words, I’ve always felt a connection with Josh’s songs because lyrically they blow me away. How many times has my heart cried out: “I don’t know how long this will last, I’m praying for the pain to pass, but maybe this is the best thing that has ever happened to me.” (Fall Apart) and yet I didn’t know how to verbalize it, let alone sing it at the top of my lungs with tears streaming down my face. This album has everything from not understanding why God allows things to happen, to the beauty in a first kiss, to a bonus track that is right along the lines of a rockin John Mayer tune. I’ve been listening to this entire album on repeat for awhile now and all I can say is get it.
Josh – I have no idea if you’ll even read this, but I mean every word. It was such a treat to work with you and I am SO proud of the way you’ve stayed true to the man God has called you to be. Thanks for giving a young college student a chance to play with your career and thanks for introducing me to Brooke Fraser, Matt Scott, and LOST, just to name a few of the ways you enlightened my sheltered spirit. Just remember, CAT. K.A.T. I’m OUTTA HERE! I know it has two “t’s”.