Damian Wilson is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on More than 70 separate album releases. Damian is mostly known in the progressive metal genre, as the lead singer of Headspace and (formerly) Threshold. He also sang and toured with bands and projects such as Star One, Ayreon, Landmarq, Praying Mantis and with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 5 solo albums, a DVD and a retrospective compilation album.
1990 - 2000
Damian began recording music in 1991 with the band Landmarq. He featured on their debut album, Solitary Witness, which was released in 1992, followed by a second album, Infinity Parade (1993) and The Vision Pit (1995).
Damian sang on English prog metal band Threshold's debut album Wounded Land' (1993). In 1996, Damian would join up with Threshold again to record their third album Extinct Instinct'. Another successful European tour followed, after which Damian left the group. During that time Iron Maiden approached Damian to audition and considered him as a replacement for the departing Bruce Dickinson.
In 1997, Damian's first solo album "Cosmas" was released. This album was a departure from the heavy/progressive rock sound that his fans had been used to.
From 1998 to 2000 he played the lead role of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's touring production of Les Misérables. He was asked to audition for the role after he tripped over the dog owned by an actor who knew his work, while running along the Thames.
2000 – 2010
After the Les Misérables tour Damian sang on the next three Ayreon albums The Dream Sequencer, Flight of the Migrator and Ayreonauts Only. His collaboration with Arjen Lucassen would result in three more Star One albums; Space Metal (2002), Live on Earth (2003) and Victims of the Modern Age (2010). In 2000 and 2001, Damian toured Europe and South America with Rick Wakeman as part of the English Rock Ensemble. This resulted in a Live DVD and an album Out There.
After the tour with Rick Wakeman, Damian released his second solo album Disciple (2001) which was partially recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. The recording session at Abbey Road was filmed and broadcast by the BBC.
Damian toured his solo material with a full band under the name Damian Wilson Band. A second tour was planned, but Damian was hospitalized and the tour was cancelled. A studio session recording of the rehearsals for the tour was released on CD in 2002, "Live in Rehearsal". In 2003 Damian's third official album "Let’s Start A Commune" was released.
Together with Adam Wakeman Damian formed the progressive rock band Headspace. Mainly to keep in contact with each other between their busy touring schedules. An EP "I Am" was released in 2007 and they supported Ozzy Osbourne on his Black Rain tour in 2007.
Just before the start of their Dead Reckoning tour, Threshold singer Andrew McDermott leaves the band. Having only a few days to learn the new Threshold material, Damian stepped in as lead vocalist for the tour. Reinstated as lead vocalist, for the first time since 1997, Damian continued to tour with the band. In 2009 Damian tours Europe with his Damian Wilson Band. This time he performs songs from the bands and projects he has been involved in as well as solo material. The tour is filmed and released in 2011 as a 3DVD set including a live concert and tour documentary "Cheers Lads; 20 Years Of Avoiding A Job".
2010 – present
Within Temptation guitarist Ruud Jolie, who also played guitar during the 2009 DWB tour, asks Damian to sing for his side project Maiden uniteD, a collective of musicians that play rearranged acoustic version of Iron Maiden tracks. Damian and Anneke van Giersbergen sang on their first album, Mind The Acoustic Pieces (2010). After a small club tour the project takes off and Damian finds himself playing venues and big festivals all over Europe. He records two more albums with the project, "Across The Seventh Sea" (2012) and "Remembrance" (2015).
In the same year as the Damian Wilson Band live DVD set is released, Damian also releases a 31-track retrospective double album, "I Thought The World Was Listening" 1997 - 2011. This album featured remastered tracks from throughout Damian’s solo career, re-recorded versions of songs and previously unreleased new material. The release of this album also marked the return to the stage as a solo artist. Damian has been playing select solo shows, mainly acoustic, through Europe since 2011.
Damian’s solo album "Cosmas" is re-released as a remastered edition in 2012. On the last of a series of solo shows he played the album in its entirety.
Headspace signs a 3-record deal with Inside Out Music and their debut album I Am Anonymous is released in 2012. It is a concept album in which Damian’s lyrics are directed the listener. “This is about you and your relationship with humanity, ultimately the battles fought within the mind from child to man. Through Kubler Ross’ model of impending death, with reference to war, the turmoil leads us to peace and acceptance... only then to swing straight back round to chaos.” A second album was released in 2016; "All That You Fear Is Gone".
2012 is also the year in which Threshold releases its first album since 1996 with Damian as lead vocalist, March Of Progress, followed by an extensive European club and festival tour. A second album, For The Journey, follows in 2014. The following tour is recorded and released as double live album European Journey in 2015. Threshold and Damian parted ways in 2017.
In October 2015 Damian announced two new albums for 2016. "Weir Keeper’s Tale" an acoustic album with Adam Wakeman, which was released in January 2016, and a new solo album, his first in over a decade. I’ve never stopped writing songs so I have accumulated a lot since my last solo album. In June we have started recording in Dublin with some amazing musicians from all over Europe. We’re happy to say that we’ve come a long way these last couple of months and the album is taking shape. I believe we’re creating something worthy of your expectations. The songs reflect on how our personal relationships are relevant to the bigger picture, even on a world level.
The new album Built for Fighting was released September 9, 2016. The album contains 11 new original songs and a cover of Depeche Mode's Somebody Built for Fighting was mixed and mastered in Sweden by the Fascination Street duo Jens Bogren and Tony Lindgren, who have worked with acts such as Opeth, Devin Townsend and Headspace.
The track Thrill Me was released as a single on August 9 and made the BBC Radio 2 playlist. On August 4th 2017 a new version of the song Impossible was released. The track was remixed by Dave Bascombe.
The second album with Adam Wakeman, accompanied with a 22-date acoustic tour, was released in February 2018, "The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour". After the tour they went into the studio for one day and tried to capture the onstage chemistry. They recorded everything and released it as a session album "Stripped" in January 2019.
Damian announced he would be releasing a 5-track EP on his 50th birthday, 11 October 2019. The EP "Thank You" would be a return to a more classical approach of recording, just with piano and string orchestra.
Cosmas - (1997) Remastered version released in 2012
Disciple - (2001)
Live in Rehearsal - (2002) studio session
Let's Start a Commune - (2003)
20 Years of Avoiding a Job - (2011) dvd
I Thought the World Was Listening. (1997 - 2011)
Built for Fighting - (2016)
Thank You (The Holdsworth Sessions) - (2019) ep
Solitary Witness - (1992)
Infinity Parade - (1993)
The Vision Pit - (1995)
Wounded Land - (1993)
Extinct Instinct – (1997)
Paradox – (2009) single box set
March of Progress – (2012)
For the Journey – (2014)
European Journey – (2015) live
With Rick Wakeman and the New English Rock Ensemble
Out Of The Blue – (2001) live
Live in Buenos Aires - (2001) dvd
Out There - The movie - (2003)
I Am... (Ep) - (2007)
I Am Anonymous - (2012)
All That You Fear Is Gone - (2016)
With Maiden United
Mind the Acoustic Pieces - (2010)
The Trooper (Single) - (2010)
Across the Seventh Sea - (2012)
Remembrance - (2015)
With Arjen Lucassen
Ayreon - Into the electric Castle Live - (2019)
With Adam Wakeman
Weir Keeper's Tale (2016)
The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour (2018)
With Other Artists
After Forever - Mea Culpa - 2006
After Forever- Emphasis (Single) – 2001 (Lead vocals on "Imperfect Tenses" & "Who Wants to Live Forever")
Aina - Days of Rising Doom – 2003 (Vocals on "Revelations")
Alarion - Waves of Destruction – 2016 (Lead & backing vocals on “Chains of the Collective”, “Waves of Destruction - II - Struggle for Survival”, “Colourblind”, “The Whistleblower - I – Devastation”, “The Whistleblower - II - Vindication”, narration on: “Waves of Destruction - I - Rising Tide”, “The Whistleblower - II - Vindication”)
Archangel - The Akallabeth - 2009
Archangel - Tales of Love and Blood - 2013
Casual Silence - Lost In Life – 2007 (Guest Vocals)
Clive Nolan - Alchemy - 2013
Computer Mind - The Aspie Project - 2014
Dave Bainbridge - Celestial Fire - 2014
For All We Know – For All We Know - 2011
Fughu - Human (The Facts) - 2013 (as Mr. Tloth)
Galexia – Recidivate – 2008 (Single)
Gary Hughes - Once & Future King Part 1 - 2003 (Lead vocals on "Excalibur")
Guy Fletcher – Inamorata – 2008 (Backing Vocals)
Jeronimo Road - Live at the Orange - 2006
LaSalle – LaSalle – 1993
Micha Calvin - Evolution 2 - 1995 (Backing vocals)
Mostly Autumn - Passengers – 2003 (Backing vocals)
Peter Gee - East Of Eden - 2011
Port Mahadia – Echoes in Time- 2007
Resource - More Than a Feeling – 2006 (Single)
Revealing Songs of Yes -2001 (Lead vocals on "Going For the One" & "And You & I")
Seti - Discoveries - 2010
Shadowkeep- A Chaos Theory – 2001 (Backing vocals)
Shadowland - Mad as a Hatter – 1996 (Backing vocals on "Salvation Comes")
Shadrane – Neurastasia - 2004
Tales from Yesterday w/Jeronimo Road - 1995 (Lead vocals on the "Starship Trooper")
Thomas Zwijsen - Perferct Storm (Nylonized Album) - 2014
Unwritten Pages – Part 1. Noah - 2010
Wicked Sensation- Reflected – 2002 (Backing vocals on "You're the Answer", "Stand Tall", "Highspeed Chase", "The Preacher", "Night on Fire", "Caught in a Fantasy", "Let it Ride", and "Joker in the Pack")