Reginald Wilson, a Memphis, Tennessee native, grew up in a city well known for its vast and rich musical history. He also grew up in a home where his father, a high-school teacher by trade, possessed an intense passion for the most popular music of his era, “the 70’s,” as did his mother who was a classically trained first soprano. Such were the makings of this Grammy Nominated songwriter, producer.
Memphis produced such greats as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, W.C. Handy and Beale Street. And, although he was a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley too, madeMemphis his home. Stax Records, founded in Memphis in 1959, where Reginald’s older brother, Karl, more than a decade later worked as a security guard, became the musical home of other greats such as Isaac Hayes, Barry White, Otis Redding, David Porter, The Staple Singers, The Emotions andThe Bar-Kays. Through this host of great talents provided the influences from which Reginald would nurture and perfect his own creative skill. Perhaps his greatest influence came from a member of his own family, the late, great and forever enduring “Mr. Excitement” himself, Jackie Wilson, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.”
Reginald was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album Of The Year for his musical contributions to “Pullin’ No Punches” by DOC in 1993, Executive Produced by Dez Dickerson, former Guitarist for Prince on StarSong Recordsin Nashville. He has since gone on to work on productions produced byBabyFace and Tracey Edmonds, for Electra Record and Red Ant Records to name a few. Reginald has also co-written songs with such greats asDesmond Child, writer of Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and Bon Jovi‘s “You Give Love A Bad Name”, Robert Palmer, writer of “StickWitU”,Grammy Nominated Song for The Pussy Cat Dolls, Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson, writer/producer for Bad Boy Entertainment and Sean “Ditty” Combs as well as recent Grammy Winner Columbus Smith, aka Rahki , writer of “Won’t Back Down” featuring Pink for Eminem’s Recovery album, the biggest Hip Hop Album of 2010.
Reginald’s song “SoulMate” for The GirlFriends Soundtrack, was the only song by an independent artist to find its way on an album with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Kahn, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jill Scott, andErykah Badu. Before accomplishing this milestone, “SoulMate” had already become the most popular and most requested song in the 8 consecutive season history of the show with Kelsey Grammar as its Executive Producer.
Film and Television have become Reginald’s newest frontier. Sonoton Musichas provided a mainstream media doorway for his compositions which have already made countless appearances in network and cable television as well as in feature films and in other media formats around the world. He continues to make his mark in production music along with his creative music contributions on numerous commercial releases.