Jonathan Wilson (born December 30, 1974) is an American musician and producer from Forest City, North Carolina. Wilson founded the band Muscadine with Benji Hughes in 1995. The band released their debut album, “The Ballad of Hope Nicholls,” for Sire Records in 1998.
Wilson completed a solo album titled, “Frankie Ray” in 2007. The record was never officially released. Since, Wilson has recorded the full length album, “Gentle Spirit,” which was released on Bella Union 2011. The album debuted at #15 on the U.K. Indie chart. “Gentle Spirit” featured many guests including Barry Goldberg, Chris Robinson, Gary Louris, Andy Cabic, Otto Hauser, Josh Grange, Gary Mallaber, Z Berg, Adam McDougall, and Johnathan Rice, among others.
Wilson currently maintains his recording studio, Five Star Studio, in Echo Park, Los Angeles, which he relocated from its original location in Laurel Canyon in 2009. The space is renowned for its sound and analog recording equipment.
In 2010, Wilson produced and collaborated with Bonnie “Prince” Billy on a series of songs for release on Spiritual Pajamas Records, a boutique 7" label associated with Folk Yeah Presents. Wilson co-produced and played on the new solo record by J. Tillman of the Fleet Foxes which was mixed by Phil Ek.
Wilson recorded and produced Dawes' debut album, “North Hills,” at his Laurel Canyon studio and produced Dawes' second album, “Nothing Is Wrong,” in 2010 at Five Star Studio. As part of Wilson's project, “What You Need Is What You Have, The Songs of Roy Harper,” he has produced songs performed by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Andy Cabic, Chris Robinson, Benji Hughes, Dawes, Jenny O., Johnathan Rice, J. Tillman, and others.