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Dan Wilson

Dan Wilson is a GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and visual artist based in Los Angeles. His long songwriting resume includes three modern classics: “Closing Time”, which he wrote for his band, Semisonic, “Not Ready to Make Nice” (co-written with Dixie Chicks) and “Someone Like You” (co-written with Adele). Prior to his time with Semisonic, 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 four solo albums and has 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 songwriting, performing, and production skills. He has written with and produced a diverse group of artists including Adele, Dixie Chicks, Chris Stapleton, John Legend, The Head & The Heart, Dierks Bentley, My Morning Jacket, Keith Urban, Carol King, Spoon, P!nk, Taylor Swift, 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. Recently, Dan co-wrote nine songs on Phantogram’s new album Three, including the singles “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” and “Same Old Blues” (which he also co-produced).

Wilson’s fourth solo album, ‘Re-Covered’ – a collection of his reinterpretations of songs he wrote for and with other artists – is out now:

Videos & Press
  • Dan Wilson Talks Upcoming Album ‘Re-Covered’ & Shares Cover of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’: Exclusive

    [Billboard] By Gary Graff Dan Wilson recording his own versions of hit songs he wrote for, and with, various stars is one thing. But taking on one that Adele did takes come extra cajones. “I was definitely aware of the greatness of existing versions of these songs,” the former Semisonic frontman tells Billboard. “I was […]

  • Remember Semisonic? Their Singer Now Writes Tunes for Adele and Taylor Swift

    [LA Weekly] By Jackson Truax Adele’s “Someone Like You,” Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” and Semisonic’s “Closing Time” were all massive hits, becoming instantly recognizable and forever etching themselves into our collective cultural consciousness. While Dixie Chicks’ polarizing anthem remains an important time capsule of America during the George W. Bush administration, an […]

  • Review: Dan Wilson Revisits His Hits For Adele, John Legend

    [AP] By Pablo Gorondi Dan Wilson helped write that tune? And that one, too? If you still read album credits or liner notes, you may find Wilson’s name attached to some of your favorites songs. Formerly of Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic, the Minnesota-born Wilson has collaborated with an impressive array of musicians. On “Re-Covered,” he […]

  • On New LP Semisonic’s Dan Wilson Reinterprets The Hits He Wrote For Other Artists

    [Stereogum] By Peter Helman After playing in Trip Shakespeare and fronting Semisonic in the ’90s, Dan Wilson largely moved onto a career as a songwriter for other people, co-writing hits like Adele’s “Someone Like You” and the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready To Make Nice” along with songs by Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton, Weezer, Spoon, Andrew […]

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