29th November 2020
At the 1865
I was asked to organise an acoustic Southampton gig for one of my personal favourite British rock singers. Who could refuse?
Damian Wilson is a songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate album releases.
Damian is mostly known in the progressive rock genre, for bands and projects such as Headspace, Threshold, Star One, Ayreon, Praying Mantis and Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 5 full-length solo albums. He also released 3 acoustic albums with Adam Wakeman as Wilson & Wakeman.
Damian began recording music in 1991 with the band Landmarq. He featured on their first 3 albums. In 1993 he recorded his first album with Threshold ‘Wounded Land’. He would return for their third album 'Extinct Instinct'.
In 1997, Damian's debut solo album 'Cosmas' was released. This album was a departure from the heavy/progressive rock sound that people had been used to.
He managed to surprise people even more by landing the role of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's touring production of Les Misérables. He played lead role for two years.
In 2000 Damian fronted Rick Wakeman’s New English Rock Ensemble and toured and recorded with them for two years.
During that time he also featured on several Ayreon albums.
This collaboration with Arjen Lucassen would result in three more Star One albums.
In 2007 he was asked by Threshold to return as lead singer. Three studio albums and numerous tours followed, after which Threshold and Damian parted ways in 2017.
He formed the progressive rock band Headspace in 2007 with Adam Wakeman. They released an EP and supported Ozzy Osbourne on his 2007 tour, but it would take 5 years for their debut album ‘I Am Anonymous’ would be released. As part of a 3 album deal with InsideOut Music, the second Headspace album was released in February 2016.
Now Damian is mostly playing solo shows across Europe, acoustic or with a full band, or on tour with Adam Wakeman as Wilson & Wakeman.
For the past 2 years he has also been part of the Ayreon live shows.
Is there a better singer on the live circuit today? Quite possibly not
- PROG magazine
• Rick Wakeman
• Les Misérables
• Star One
• Maiden United
• Wilson & Wakeman
• Cosmas - 1997
• Disciple - 2001
• Live in Rehearsal - 2002
• Let's Start a Commune - 2003
• Live in Zoetermeer (DVD) - 2011
• I Thought The World Was Listening – 2011
• Built for Fighting – 2016
• Thank You (EP) – 2019