Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson, recognised as one of the UK’s finest ever vocalists by Classic Rock Magazine, is renowned across the music world as an exceptional singer/songwriter, and is acclaimed for his charismatic stage presence, and his ability as an extraordinary entertainer. Due to the amazing success of STILTSKIN, his first band, Ray was brought to the attention of one of rock’s biggest ever bands, GENESIS, and was given the job of lead vocalist after the resignation of Phil Collins in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 Ray was singer/songwriter with the rock giants, and in the process, they recorded the fourth best-selling album in the band’s history – “Calling All Stations”, following this up with a European Tour, and headlining the world famous Rock am Ring/Park festivals in 1998. In March 2010 GENESIS were inducted into the “Rock’n‘Roll Hall of Fame” being recognised as one of rock’n’roll’s most important and influential bands. After the rock legends split, Wilson went back to his roots, and in 1999 released the album “Millionairhead” with his new band CUT_, the songs being written by him and his brother Steve, the band being made up of the former members of GUARANTEED PURE, along with GENESIS drummer Nir Z. A stadium support act tour followed, CUT_ supporting the SCORPIONS in arenas all over Europe and WESTERNHAGEN on a football stadium tour of Germany, playing to over a million people in the summer of 2000. In 2001 Ray Wilson began his solo career in earnest, playing 12 sold out Acoustic shows at the world famous Edinburgh International Festival. >In late 2006 STILTSKIN returned, Ray going back to his “rock roots “ with the studio album “SHE”. Together with his new band line-up, Ray toured the critically acclaimed album to audiences all over Europe, with a live album being produced from the tour. In 2009, another of Ray’s live projects GENESIS CLASSIC, brought together 10 musicians from across Europe, with the members of his band STILSKIN being joined on stage by the Berlin Symphony Ensemble. GENESIS CLASSIC celebrates the music of Genesis, and its members, taking classical interpretations of world famous songs, and airing them in a form never heard before. In September 2011 Ray Wilson & STILTSKIN released their long-awaited new studio album, “Unfulfillment”. With typical Scots calm, Ray combined the energy of rock music, with lyrics of great depth, alongside complex string arrangements. The album mixed Ray’s acoustic roots, with his love for Rock music, culminating in an array of songs which pleased fans old and new alike. An extensive tour followed throughout 2013, with the highlights being a main support slot with Rock legend STING, at the Life Festival in Oswiecim, Poland. 2014 promised to be a big year for Ray and the band. It featured Ray backed by his acoustic quintet, and presented the first ever recording of Ray's full acoustic show, beautifully showcasing the classical arrangements of songs from both Ray's solo career, and the world of Genesis. The first, released in March 2016, “Song For A Friend”, is dedicated to Ray's friend, James Lewis, who died in 2015 Inspired by the many intimate experiences from his acoustic storytelling concerts, Ray decided to write a collection of musical short stories. Ray's love of the road has been his musical lifeline, and the journey has been good for him. Whether a concert or an album they are a journey for the soul. A journey that will allow you to escape your demons and embolden yourself, spiritually. Constantly touring across Europe, Ray always makes time to meet fans."It's a great joy to regularly meet people who come to my concerts and buy albums after each show. It allows me to connect with my audience and understand why my own music strikes a chord in them.<