Fred Wilhelm is a songwriter/singer originally from North Granby, CT. He grew up on a family farm where his duties included feeding the chickens and carting out a wheelbarrow of cow manure every day before school. The latter experience has proved extremely helpful in the music business. He attended NYU in Manhattan only to put his degree aside and pursue a career in music. After eight years of bands, tours, managers and various deals including a brief stint on Elektra /Asylum Records, Fred moved from New York City to Nashville to concentrate on his two loves—songwriting and himself.
His work has been recorded by a number of multi-platinum country superstars including Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Randy Travis, Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, and The Oak Ridge Boys.
A number of quirkier, but much beloved Americana artists have also recorded songs written with Fred including Mindy Smith, Lori McKenna, Mary Gauthier, Mountain Heart and Catie Curtis. His song “Big Sky,” as recorded by the gospel Bluegrass group The Isaacs, was the #1 inspirational country song in October 2007.
As a performing artist, he has received critical acclaim in Billboard, Cashbox, The Village Voice and Performing Songwriter, which called his most recent album “a midlife crisis set to music.” He is the winner of a New York Music Award, a BMI Songwriter Award, a Billboard Songwriting Contest Award and a Fifth Grade Fire Prevention Poster Award. He lives deep in the woods outside Nashville along with his wife, writer Lindsay Kee, their sons, Oscar and August, as well as cat Chatter.