Scott Wilcox has been writing music since the age of 12; making up songs since three. He doesn’t believe he’s ever had a time where he felt inspired to be a songwriter. He just is. He’s written over 150 songs and plays guitar, piano, and drums, but by far his best instrument is his voice. He has produced four albums and is currently working on his 5th. Scott has played on National Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio, sang for legislators, senators and even a governor. He was a headliner at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago twice, won the Bob Dylan Song Competition last year and appeared on Oprah’s Lifeclass Show where he sang a song he wrote for Oprah called, “When You Know Better”. “Oprah cried a little and said my song was fantastic and a gift.” He coordinate two music festivals, one called Americana Music in the Park, which features up and coming musical artists from Western Wisconsin throughout the Summer and the other called CranJam which will attract over 300,000 visitors and features bands and soloists from all over the Midwest. He has also created his own singer songwriter competition at CranJam which will award hundreds of dollars in prizes to winners.
“I was inspired to be a musician at a young age. My grandfather was a musician and played trumpet for Gene Krupa back in the big band era, my father was a radio disc jock and helped a group called the Mystics create a song called, “Hush-a-bye”. My first big performance as a soloist was as a teenager for a group of thousands of screaming teens at a music camp in Green Bay, WI. From that moment I was hooked. I grew up listening to my father playing Motown, classic rock like CCR and The Eagles, and singer songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet and many more.”
Scott admires musicians like Otis Redding, James Brown, CCR, and more recently Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, and Jack White. “These musicians didn’t strive to be the best at what they do, they strive to be themselves, and in the process, become the best. I realize I may never become the greatest guitarist, singer or songwriter, but I will be true to myself and my music.” He sings and writes the Americana blues. It’s the country, rock, bluesy sound of the Midwest. You’ll find it on a front porch on a Friday night with a hand full of local microbrew.
Scott has one goal: he wants the world to hear his music. Some might say he has done that already when he sang for 45 million TV viewers on Oprah’s Lifeclass. But instead of believing that that moment was the opportunity of a lifetime, he chose to believe it was just a wake-up call. If being on Oprah taught him anything, “it was to be true to yourself, to listen to the voice inside of you and not the outside voices that cloud your focus, and to believe that anything is possible. Before being on Oprah, I would have been the first guy to tell you that an overweight guy from a small town in Wisconsin had no chance of meeting Oprah. But the only limits in life are the ones we put on ourselves.”
Not only does Scott want the world to hear his music, but he is going to create opportunities for other musicians to share their music with the world. Maybe it starts small, like creating a music festival. But there are no limits to what we can achieve if we do it together. When he was given the opportunity to be on Oprah, he never felt the need to pay her back, only pay it forward.