The same song can evoke different feelings or memories from two different people. Musician Ken Wilson wants to share his talents and musical inspiration with his listeners.
Wilson graduated from Bell County High School in 1983 and continued his education at Lipscomb University in Nashville. He graduated with a degree in health and physical education with a minor in science.
His musical interests began when a group of his college friends taught him how to play a few chords on a guitar.
“That’s kind of a late start by most people’s standards, but I picked it up. I’ve always been a lover of music — as a listener and as a singer,” said Wilson.
By day, Wilson is a PE teacher at HY Livesay Middle School in Harrogate and can be found teaching students the importance of exercise and staying healthy. By night, he can be found with his feet propped up on his front porch, strumming his guitar and practicing for upcoming performances.
“You know, you tend to think of people being either one way — athletic or musical — but you don’t have to stay on one side of the spectrum. Music keeps me company. It’s a good old friend to have music and it’s been kind of a therapy for me,” said Wilson.
He plays a wide range of music, but he plays music with a story or songs that he’s written. He says that his inspiration for songwriting can come from anywhere, but mostly personal experience he’s gathered while living in the mountains.
“I live to play songs that express a viewpoint or maybe show things from a different angle. I play as much original music as I can get by with, but I’m reasonable and understand that people like to hear things they’ve heard before,” said Wilson.
Wilson plays at different local events and plays regularly at Angelo’s in the Gap once a week. He will be performing at the Heritage Festival at Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing on Oct. 8.
“On a hard day, music is a good place to go for comfort. It’s good to celebrate with and I can’t imagine a world without music,” said Wilson. “I’d have lost my mind a long time ago if it weren’t for playing music. I’ll always play, regardless of people listening or not because it’s for me. It’s a great honor to have their attention though for only a few minutes.”
He and his wife Penny have been married for 18 years. They live together in Harrogate. When he’s not practicing his original music or performing, he can be found cycling or running.
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