Sparrow Records’ critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Josh Wilson recently unveiled his third album titled See You. This is a sequel to his acclaimed sophomore release Life Is Not A Snapshot that garnered year end awards with the hit track “Before the Morning”, thus establishing Wilson as Billboard’s 8th most played artist on Christian Radio.
Music Review: Josh Wilson – See You
Like a spirited sculptor with a head full of imagination, See You is the result of such a creative lyricist in action. The 12 -track album is a blend of sprightful pop with steady rock, poesy-laced love songs. It’s at times a poignant yet melodic bluegrass tribute. At other times, like with the the acoustic guitar strumming of the evergreen hymn “It is Well”, an album with folksy themes . Thus, Wilson beautifully crafts out the unfolding story of our spiritual walk through faith.
He mastered over 20 instruments outside of the typical grand piano, keyboard, classical, acoustic and electric guitar. To ensure that See You meets his standard spurred Wilson reached out to the ukulele, the hammered dulcimer and glockenspiel, to name just a few.
This exploratory style of music produced tracks and tunes that reminds one of Jimmy Needham and Matthew West. See You is a vivid collection of songs that focus on the evidence of God at work in people’s lives.
“I Refuse,” the first single from the project which is impacting radio now, evolved as Wilson was reading David Platt’s perspective-shattering book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Simultaneously, the 1000-year flood hit Nashville, devastating entire communities on May 1, 2010, and giving Wilson a very personal and real situation from which to draw from as he completed the track.
“Once the flood hit, the temptation was to simply pray and ask God to rally the community and bring other people to help,” Wilson explains. “I was using prayer as an excuse to not do anything myself. But as a christian that’s not enough. We’re the hands and feet of Jesus; we’re supposed to do something. So that phrase came back to me… I refuse to do nothing.”