Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson is an American record producer, audio engineer, mixer, songwriter, and musician based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wilson was born in Griffin, Georgia, where he began playing guitar, singing, and writing songs in local bands, including The Californias and ReFill. The Californias toured nationally and played shows with Bowling For Soup, Will Hoge, and Flickerstick. Additionally, their music was featured in the comedy film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and on the television show Castle (ABC).

At the age of 20, Wilson worked as a live musician playing guitar and singing background vocals for Virgin Records/EMI recording artist Hope Partlow. During his time touring with Partlow, he shared the stage with many artists, such as Jonas Brothers, Rihanna, Jesse McCartney, and The Pussycat Dolls. He also appeared on various television programs, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Partlow released two radio singles, "Who We Are" (Billboard Top 40) and "Sick Inside."

Shortly after Partlow's departure from Virgin, the two started a pop duo called The Love Willows. After months of writing material together, Wilson self-produced and self-engineered their debut album Hey! Hey!, which was released through Decca Records/Universal Music Group. The duo had a radio single and music video for their song "Falling Faster." They toured nationally with The Veronicas and performed alongside many other artists, such as Robin Thicke, Zac Brown Band, and Matt Nathanson. The Love Willows landed song placements in numerous television shows, including America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC), Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!), The Hills (MTV), and The Real World (MTV).

In 2012, Wilson moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he began to focus more on the art of recording and songwriting. He opened a project studio and worked with various artists, including Sara Rachele and Fiona Culley (Marro Records). Culley gained over two million views on YouTube overnight, with her cover video of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," which was recorded live at Wilson's studio. In 2014, an original song of Wilson's, "Girl You're Amazing," was recorded and released by British boyband M.A.D. The record reached #36 on the UK Official Albums Chart and #1 on the UK Official Record Store Chart.

After three years in Nashville, Wilson decided to move back to his hometown, where he began working with studio owner and multi-instrumentalist Jason Hoard (Third Day, David Crowder) at Black Cat Studio. Throughout this period, he engineered and co-produced numerous records and worked with a variety of artists, musicians, and producers, including Casting Crowns, Mac Powell (Third Day), John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), Danny de los Reyes (Zac Brown Band), Will Chapman (Colony House), Jamie O'Neal, and Will Turpin (Collective Soul).

In 2017, Wilson worked as a live musician playing bass, guitar, and singing background vocals for Mac Powell. During his tenure touring with Powell, he performed at many festivals and events alongside other popular artists, such as TobyMac, Casting Crowns, Newsboys, MercyMe, for KING & COUNTRY, Crowder, Matthew West, Phil Wickham, and Zach Williams.

The following year, Wilson opened his own commercial studio, HeyHey Studios, in Griffin, Georgia. Since opening, he has worked on projects for a variety of recording artists, including Grammy Award-winning band Casting Crowns, Grammy-nominated Jo Dee Messina, Mac Powell, Stephen Stanley, and NewSong. HeyHey has also served as the location for several music videos and live recordings.

In 2021, Wilson engineered overdubs on the collaborative Spanish-language album Venga Tu Reino by Grammy Award-winning contemporary worship music collective Maverick City Music.

Most recently, Wilson mixed and engineered the live version of the single "Rest In The Father" by Stephen Stanley. The live recording, released through Capitol CMG in 2023, was included on the deluxe version of the single. Additionally, Wilson engineered and recorded gang vocals for Stephen Stanley's debut album Divided Frame Of Mind, as well as engineered and mixed the live recordings featured on the Apple Music version of the release.

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