Since making his debut in 2009, Brian Courtney Wilson has released three solo albums all of which have produced popular radio hits, including his smash recording “Worth Fighting For” off his third album of the same name in 2015.
The singer’s influences include a wide range of vocalists from Donny Hathaway to fellow gospel star Fred Hammond and even John Mayer.
The Chicago native’s contributions to music placed him in the running for “Best Gospel/Inspirational Award,” at the 2021 Soul Train Awards. Wilson is set against many other legends in the industry, but before he does that, here are three things you should know about this year’s nominee.
He and Beyonce share a mutual connection
After leaving his steady job, Wilson became a music director at St. John's Downtown Church in Houston, where he would ultimately meet mentor and friend Rudy Rasmus. Through his new connection, Wilson was introduced to the label owner and music mogul Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce, who signed the singer to his Spirit Rising/Music World imprint.
His debut effort garnered major success
In 2009, Wilson released his debut album Just Love. The following year, the title song off the 13-track full length project earned the songwriter a nomination for a Dove Award for “Urban Recorded Song of the Year”. The project also earned Wilson a nom for “New Artist of the Year.”
Music runs in the family
Wilson is a father of two, both of whom are also musicians. During an interview on the Yolanda Adams Show, the singer gushed about how they inspire him and even his son Joshua's fearless attitude while performing on stage.
Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.