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Dan Wilson

Dan Wilson is a singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and occasional cartoonist. He is best known as the lead singer of the band Semisonic, for which he wrote the Grammy-nominated smash “Closing Time” as well as other international hits including “Secret Smile” and “Chemistry.” Prior to that, he was a member of the band Trip Shakespeare, whose long-haired psychedelia influenced a generation of Midwestern bands long after their breakup in the early 90s.

Since Semisonic, Dan has released two solo albums: Free Life (produced with Rick Rubin) and Live at the Pantages. He has also become a highly sought-after songwriting collaborator, perhaps due to his slow-drip brew of philosophic and artistic seriousness, dry Midwestern humor (well-known to his live audiences and evident in his online sketchbook,) and songwriting, performing and production skills. As a songwriter and producer, he has worked with a diverse group of artists including Adele, Dixie Chicks, John Legend, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Taylor Swift, Jim James, Pink, Dierks Bentley, Nas, Josh Groban, Weezer, Carole King, and many others. “I’ve heard people describe my list of collaborators as ‘eclectic,’” he says. “But there’s a lot of consistency there, too. I’m interested in writing only with great musical artists, people who have a fascinating vision and want to push themselves to their limits.”

Dan contributed three songs to Adele’s album, 21, including the hit “Someone Like You,” which he also produced, thus earning himself a Grammy for Album of the Year. A few years earlier, Wilson took home a Song of the Year Grammy for “Not Ready to Make Nice,” one of six songs he co-wrote for the Dixie Chicks’ award-winning album Taking the Long Way.

Wilson is currently finishing up his third solo album, which will be released in the spring of 2014.

Videos & Press
  • Dan Wilson at Cedar Cultural Center, 6/4/14

    [Minneapolis City Pages] By Danny Sigelman Dan Wilson Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Wednesday, June 4, 2014 As one of the best songwriters to come from these Land of Lakes, Dan Wilson has had an amazingly long and consistent career. Wednesday, he kicked off the first of three sold-out nights at the Cedar Cultural Center. Billed […]

  • Dan Wilson on His Musical Cartoons

    [Wall Street Journal] By Dan Wilson Ever since I was a kid, I made cartoons and drawings to amuse my friends and myself. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my musical life and the various funny aspects of it, and I’ve started to make drawings and cartoons about that. This is a selection of […]

  • Adele’s Collaborator Dan Wilson Goes Solo With an Album

    [Wall Street Journal] The songwriter, who has written with Adele, the Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Nas and Taylor Swift, releases a solo album. By Eric R. Danton Dan Wilson estimates that he has written 500 songs during a career stretching back to the late 1980s. Of those tunes, “I’m sure I’ve made 90% of my […]

  • Dan Wilson Mulling More Semisonic

    [Rolling Stone] “I find it very interesting to think about,” he says of the band’s future By Patrick Doyle Anyone who listened to rock radio in the late Nineties will be familiar Semisonic’s 1998 hit “Closing Time.” The band released three hyper-catchy albums including the platinum-selling Feeling Strangely Fine before going on hiatus after 2001’s […]

  • Download Dan Wilson’s New Single ‘Disappearing,’ on iTunes

    Dan Wilson – Disappearing Purchase Dan Wilson’s “Disappearing” on iTunes.

  • Dan Wilson on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Wits” with Fred Willard, John Moe

    [] I had the good fortune to perform on MPR’s live radio sketch comedy (with music) show, “Wits,” last week. It was nerve-wracking and way outside my comfort zone even to hit my mark and deliver one line in a sketch, not to mention being in the wings in time for my various entrances and […]

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