T.J. Wilder

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T.J. started playing drums at the age of six in the small town of Rogersville, Tennessee.  His parents sang and played in local gospel groups, and his father started him out on drums.  He figured his son would eventually have no problem finding people to play with in the area because drummers were in short supply.  He probably never thought his son would take it so far though, moving to Nashville and pursuing a music career.


As a youth, T.J. spent his time listening to the country and gospel roots his parents provided as well as the rock and pop he came to enjoy.  Being entirely self-taught, lessons were learned from hours of jamming with the radio or from watching drummers on television.


“I would basically play along and try to copy what they were doing, and I think that’s a great way to learn,” says T.J.  “I believe that it molded my sense of pocket and taught me how to be musical and tasteful on the drums, which is what I strive for today.”


Eventually branching out from the practice room, on-the-job training consisted of gigs at local churches, fairs, festivals, family reunions, and clubs.  After playing baseball at Lincoln Memorial University and graduating with a math degree, T.J. moved to Nashville to pursue his musical dreams.  Teaching math by day and gigging at night, T.J. honed his craft and learned by watching some of Nashville’s finest.  Eventually a day job was no longer a necessity.  Artists T.J. has now performed with include the Jordanaires, Scotty Emerick, Jason Michael Carroll, Dustin Lynch, Danielle Peck, Julianne Hough, Scotty McCreery, Joanna Smith, Randy Travis, Jeremy McComb, and Craig Campbell.


Since October of 2004, T.J. has held the drum chair for MCA country artist Josh Turner.  Josh has platinum and double platinum albums to his credit, as well as four Billboard Number One country hits.  T.J. can be heard on Josh’s Haywire (Deluxe Edition) and Live At The Ryman albums, and has appeared on The Today Show, Martha Stewart, Emeril Live, the CMA, ACM, and ACA Awards, CMA Music Festival, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Opry Live, and The National Memorial Day Concert.  When not on the road with Josh, T.J. stays busy in the local Nashville music scene working with other projects and artists.