When a three year old Samuel Wilson started singing before congregations, he had no idea that his musical talent would take him across the United States. “I can’t remember a time when music has not been a part of my life”, Samuel recalls. “ I was the “ham” that everyone wanted to see perform and mimic the sounds of Motown and Gospel Music”.
Raised by his single mother, Samuel was always encouraged to sing. “You can do anything you set your mind to do”, she said. And that’s what Samuel sought to do.
Samuel’s Christian heritage began from his summer visits to Alabama to see his grandparents. Both sets of grandparents were church goers but his grandma Dollie was the catalyst for his conversion. She recognized his “God given talent” to sing and always said, ”Baby sing for the Lord”. Samuel had another encourager of his singing in his Uncle David Sea, who was a professional singer himself, and later became a member of the group, The Temptations.
Samuel would then go on to become a part of the top choral groups in his school and to win various awards. Samuel further developed his vocal skills by taking private and master classes at some of the countries prestigious colleges and music conservatories.
Being raised in a Christian home one would think life was perfect. As an evangelist, teacher, and motivational speaker, Samuel’s mother would have him travel with her to minister in song before she spoke. Yes, all seemed perfect and to the outside world. But Samuel is not a stranger to the pain of the human condition.
“I think any child that has to grow up in a home with only one parent is awful. I wandered around wearing many masks appearing to be just fine. Secretly, I was dying on the inside. Lost, rejected, wondering who I was. Having suffered from sexual abuse, I carried shame, anger, and bitterness.
“But, if not for God...I think those have to be the best words in the Bible. Now a life that was broken relationally, emotionally, and sexually, has purpose and meaning. God through his Son truly is the restorer of broken dreams and lives. I am amazed daily by God’s love for me.”
Samuel above all is a worshipper. Currently, Samuel resides in the Dallas area and is part of the worship team of Prestonwood Baptist Church.
In 2009, Samuel met with producer Eric Copeland of Creative Soul Records in Nashville, TN. Copeland urged Samuel to pursue his singing professionally, and now Samuel is proud to release his first full CD “Secret of Life”.
The new album is filled with powerful and triumphant songs about God’s love and the power of the Cross.