Dan Wilson

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Dan Wilson (born May 20, 1961) is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, visual artist, songwriter and producer. He is both a solo artist and the lead singer of the band Semisonic, for which he wrote the hits "Closing Time", "Secret Smile", and "Chemistry." Wilson was also a member of indie favorite Trip Shakespeare from the mid-1980s to early 1990s and of college bands Animal Dance, The Love Monsters and The Floating World in the early 1980s.

Currently, Wilson is perhaps best known for his co-writing and collaborations with other artists. He contributed three songs to the 2011 album 21 by UK singer-songwriter Adele, which has had the longest Top 5 run in history on the Billboard Album Chart and which won the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Wilson was part of that Grammy-winning team, as he co-wrote, produced and performed the piano on the hit single "Someone Like You" which held the No. 1 position for 5 weeks in the U.S. and has remained in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 for months. The song has topped the charts in many other countries as well, including the UK, Australia, France, and Germany. Wilson also co-wrote the song "Home" by Dierks Bentley, the second single for Bentley's 2012 album Home. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart and was nominated for the 2012 Song of the Year award by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Wilson co-wrote Missy Higgins' 2012 single, "Everyone's Waiting," which reached #11 on the ARIA Charts and has remained in Australia's Top 40 for 8 weeks. Wilson co-wrote six songs for the 2010 Josh Groban album Illuminations, including the singles "Hidden Away" and "Higher Window", both of which charted on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Chart. Wilson co-wrote six songs with the Dixie Chicks for their 2006 album Taking the Long Way, which garnered the coveted Album of the Year at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Wilson himself received the 2007 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "Not Ready to Make Nice," one of the songs he co-wrote with the Dixie Chicks. His accolades as a songwriter have grown from success with his own band Semisonic. In 1999, Wilson was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for Semisonic's "Closing Time," which hit No. 6 in the Top 40 Chart and was No. 1 on the Modern Rock Chart.

In addition to the above artists, Wilson has collaborated with a wide range of other artists, including Pink, Taylor Swift, Ben Folds, Nas, LeAnn Rimes, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Jason Mraz, Keith Urban, Carole King, James Morrison, Gin Wigmore, Sara Watkins, Gabe Dixon, Mike Doughty, KT Tunstall, Jeremy Messersmith, Storyhill, Audrae Mae, Nicole Atkins, and Rachael Yamagata.

Wilson's critically acclaimed first solo album Free Life was released in October 2007. He produced the album himself, with Rick Rubin serving as executive producer and writing the liner notes. Rubin wrote, “Dan’s music touches my soul. He is/has the perfect combination of inspiration and songcraft. He is a timeless artist whose music will feel as good in 50 years as it does today.” The eponymous title track, "Free Life," has been featured in a number of American television programs. Wilson is currently working on his third solo album "Love Without Fear" which will be released April 15, 2014.

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Year Title Rating Releases
2007 Free Life 1
2014 Love Without Fear 1
2014 Love Without Fear 1

Album + Live

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1998 Dan Wilson @ Bryant Lake Bowl Live 1
2001 Live at the Cedar Cultural Center Live 1
2009 Live at the Pantages Live 1


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2002 Ballroom Sessions 1


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2003 Sugar E.P. 1
2008 Be Free EP 1


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2008 Live at the Electric Fetus Live 1

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