Popular Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson will perform Saturday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. at Grace Bible Fellowship, 30 Sherer Lane. The concert will be followed by a chicken barbecue dinner.

Wilson is quite well known in the Christian music community, playing the college circuit. He usually performs in much larger venues and at higher ticket prices. Tickets are $12, $10 in groups of 10, and include the after-show barbecue. They are available online at thelighthouseevents.com.

Growing up in Lubbock, Texas, Wilson said he rarely remembers a day that did not involve playing music. By age seven, his voracious appetite for all things musical was not limited to one instrument. After taking piano lessons, he added drums and guitar to his growing repertoire. As he continued to grow and hone his skills, it did not surprise anyone (including himself) when he moved to Nashville for further musical training.

“I’ve always been a big believer in pursuing what you’re passionate about. I think God gives us all passions and talents, and ultimately, wants us to use those for His glory. And since I happen to love music, I guess I always knew I’d do something with it,” Wilson said.

Wilson pursued a music business degree at Belmont University. After one semester of commercial guitar, he ruled out a career as a studio musician and eventually discovered a deep connection with the craft of writing lyrics. Even today, Wilson is a self-proclaimed “lyrics guy” who wholeheartedly enjoys the sometimes-painstaking process of choosing the just right combination of words to coincide with his multi-faceted pop/rock sound.

His use of vivid lyrical imagery, not to mention a funny, easygoing stage presence, quickly earned Wilson an enviable grassroots following during college. While studying for classes and writing papers, the multitasking student moonlighted as a traveling musician during the weekends and summer break. After playing a showcase for his peers (and music industry execs), his thoughtful reflections on life and faith, as well as his guy-next-door banter from stage, piqued the interest of EMI Music Group.

With his critically acclaimed debut album “Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup,” Wilson continues to communicate what’s on his heart with 11 songs that he hopes will inspire and challenge fellow believers.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.