Born to Scottish immigrants in Canada, Jason Wilson was the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and is the cousin of UB40’s Michael Virtue. Wilson played his first night-club gig with Messenjah when he was only fourteen. Known for incorporating jazz and Scottish and English folk influences atop a reggae foundation, Wilson is a multi-instrumentalist though is perhaps best known for his piano skills. Wilson has extensive studio-session experience on his native instruments the piano and voice, but also on bass, guitar and accordion.
Wilson was the on-stage musical director for the award-winning project Jamaica to Toronto (NOW Magazine Album of the Year 2006) and is co-leader of the popular Marley/Dylan tribute act The Two Bobs. Wilson is also one-half of the reggae-folk combo Wilson & Swarbrick and is the leader of Soldiers of Song, a tribute to Canada’s famous Dumbells of WWI. Jason was presented with The Karl Mullings Memorial Award for commitment to reggae in Canada in 2007.
One of his earliest releases was the album ‘Tabarruk’ in 1993, featuring a cover version of Hounds Of Love. Since then, he has released a handful of albums either as a solo artist or with Tabarruk.