Steely Dan was a constant for D.S. Wilson growing up. Drawn to the sophistication of the harmonies, melodies and chord progressions, he soon found himself immersed in not only listening to music but playing it on his own. That soon led to being offered a scholarship from the world-renowned Berklee School of Music back when MTV was still new and Madonna had yet to discover her British accent. Over the years D.S. Wilson has played and released music in various genres, but today is laser-focused on combining his past with his present and bringing forth a wonderful evolution to the smooth jazz realm. Armed with years of the piano and saxophone under his belt, leaning towards smooth jazz with his 2018 release, Stella Rose, was a natural progression. It comes a decade after his soft rock record, Save Me. For his 2018 release, D.S. Wilson went above and beyond what he even expected of himself. Stella Rose presents an array of arrangements and compositions that capture not only the spirit of jazz in all its glory but also what D.S. Wilson is capable of as an artist with some three decades of experience to his name.
D.S. Wilson took his musical education and put it to work. He started playing in rock bands in the '80s and didn't stop until well into the new millennium. In between then and now he won the North Carolina Battle of the Bands and worked with Grammy-nominated producer John Custer on his band, Dolo's, self-titled album in the '90s. It wasn't until after Dolo dissolved that D.S. Wilson decided to try his hand at being a solo artist.
Having lived the life of a musician since an early age, D.S. Wilson has the ability to take every aspect of the human experience and put it to song. Stella Rose encapsulates many of those aspects, from the warm feelings one has after making love in "Afterglow" to the frenzy of writer's block coming to an end in "Under the Wire." Then there is the instrumental version of "She's Crazy" that paints a picture of a young woman who suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder and manic depression, who would vacillate between being rational one minute and completely irrational the next. That is not something one hears every day in music, but it's found nestled in between D.S. Wilson's Stella Rose.
With the album dropping in October 2018, D.S. Wilson is currently promoting Stella Rose via live performances. Based in Seattle, look out for him to take over the Pacific Northwest at the start of 2019, and beyond as the year continues on.
Saxophones, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Recording artist, composer, producer, performer