Rising Country Singer: Walker Wilson
Walker Wilson, 24, was interested in music from an early age. According to his parents, he sang and imitated the radio even before he could walk. By 5th grade, he had been in several church choirs and continued to sing in the Mississippi All State Choir. He picked up the guitar around the age of 12, but like most kids that age, he put it down soon after. At 15, he picked it up after watching an Eagles documentary. After many hours of practice, Walker slowly began to sing and play simultaneously. He played his first live gig at age 19 as an acoustic opener for a friend of his who had a band playing all over town.
In early 2020, Walker graduated from technical college with a degree in machine tool technology and began a career as a CNC machinist. He planned to rise through the ranks as a machinist and make a lifelong career in this field. While he worked his 40 hour week in the machine shop Monday through Thursday, he played shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Slowly but surely, Walker began to dislike his career in the machine shop as his love for music grew. He saved enough money to move to Nashville in June 2021 to pursue a career as an artist. Walker currently resides in Nashville, where he writes as much as he can and plays shows almost every weekend. He just released his debut single “Little Less Here” which is now available on all streaming platforms and he aspires to release more songs this year.
Music Industry Weekly caught up with the talented and hardworking Walker Wilson to find out more about his musical influences and the single he recently released.
MIW: What are your major influences?
Walker: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Whiskey Myers, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton.
MIW: What kind of music do you consider your work to belong to?
Walker: Country/ Southern Rock
MIW: Are you signed to a record label? If so, tell us about your label.
Walker: I’m not currently signed, but I’ve been in talks with executives at Parabolic Records. They seem genuinely interested in working with me and I like their creativity and friendly approach to partnering with their artists.
MIW: Where have you performed?
Walker: Rick’s Cafe, Cotton Eyed Joes, 2 Doors Down.
MIW: Have you worked with other notable artists? If so, who?
Walker: I haven’t yet, but I can’t wait.
MIW: What’s your favorite part of the music industry? Your least favorite? Why?
Walker: My favorite thing about the music industry is the unlimited opportunities and the ability to express yourself creatively. It’s almost as if there are no rules or limits. The only thing holding you back is yourself.
What I like least is the drastic reduction in salary for artists on major music platforms due to monthly subscription services rather than fans buying songs directly.
MIW: What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Walker: Be prepared to work harder than ever in your life.
MIW: What is your message to the world?
Walker: My message to the world is simple. Find something you love and invest your life in it. We only get one ride on this big floating rock, so why play it safe? Take a risk and chase your dreams.
MIW: What is the name of the single you just released?
Walker: a little less here.
MIW: Do you have any upcoming shows?
Walker: March 5 at Steele’s Dive in Tupelo, MS
MIW: How can our readers connect with you on social media or learn more about you?
Walker: They can communicate with me on any of my social networks:
Facebook: Walker Wilson Music
Youtube: Walker Wilson Music
My single “Little Less Here” is also available on all streaming platforms.