Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 18 albums into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, won the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival new folk award in 1988, and by 1989 had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies the first year.
Wilcox is considered a songwriter's songwriter, and his songs have been covered by k.d. lang and many other artists. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a guitar, thoroughly written songs and a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions, all tempered by a quick and wry wit.
Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring the United States and the world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the headlights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”