About Eddie Wilson
25 years ago if you looked for Eddie Wilson you would likely find him on the beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Eddie spent his days running on the beach, writing songs, and meeting with friends to play and record music, and he was a popular entertainer at the island’s hotels and country clubs. A 1996 project as part of the local jazz-rock quartet Rush Hour went quite well, netting awards from Jazziz Magazine (Woodwinds on Fire) and Musician Magazine (US Top 50 Unsigned Bands). Then came an invitation to join a million-dollar recording studio in Branson, Missouri that would shape the future more than this island troubadour could have imagined.
Producing music at Caravell Recording in Branson exposed Eddie to artists and studio musicians from all over the world. Branson stars Andy Williams, Roy Clark, Bobby Vinton and others brought their high standards with them to the studio, and the music reflected it. While producing music for Tony Orlando’s live show Eddie was asked by Tony if he would come on the road and play piano in the band, the classic musical director role. It was a great honor, and Eddie was soon flying coast to coast with Tony. That role led to more shows and more recordings, but when an offer came to be the musical director for a Branson-style show that was opening in Savannah, Georgia, Eddie jumped at the chance to move back to the coast.
His years as a musical director in Savannah and Charleston brought great growth and opportunity for Eddie, including a chance to once again entertain from behind the piano. He would play at local clubs before and after shows, doing as many as fifteen performances each week! There were commissions to write songs and orchestrations for big events, including the 2004 G8 summit in Georgia, and Pope John Paul II’s 25th jubilee in Toronto. In 2008 Eddie left the Savannah Theatre to produce his own shows, including his first full-length musical, The Treasure of Lefty the Pirate: Legend of the Tybee Bomb. In 2010 Eddie became the musical director for Moranz shows at Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina, including the amazing Charleston Christmas Special. Through 2015 you would find him there each December, leading a large cast of world-class musicians, singers and dancers. For more information about the show visit the Moranz website:
Eddie became the director for many of Savannah's signature events, including the Johnny Mercer Birthday Concerts, Centennial Celebration and Picnic in the Park. He was getting regular calls to entertain at great weddings and parties, including Arnold Palmer’s 80th birthday in Orlando and PGA events in the southeast. Eddie and his wife Christy celebrated ten wonderful years of marriage, living steps from the ocean on Tybee Island, GA. Work as a piano entertainer, musical director, and record producer was financially rewarding and creatively satisfying, but something big was missing. The Wilsons had been trying to have children with no success. They needed help.
The couple decided to pursue in-vitro fertilization in St. Louis. Christy's family home was mere minutes from St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO, where the couple would get treatment, and having her loving family there for support made the whole process far more manageable. As they spent more and more time around Christy’s family, their home church, and the Saint Louis community, Eddie knew that destiny was once again asking him to wash the sand out from between his toes. He moved back to Missouri in 2016 and made a new start in the Midwest. In October of 2018 Eddie and Christy’s deepest wish came true as they celebrated the birth of their son, Kenneth.
Eddie still performs regularly on the east coast, and he has reunited with the inspirational Tony Melendez to perform uplifting music for youth internationally. He plays piano occasionally in St. Louis, and is currently writing a new musical about a town just up the Mississippi River from St. Louis, set during the catastrophic flood of 1937.