Scott has wanted to be a rock star from birth. When he was three his mother said he used to make up great songs that would go on and on and on. When his father, a semi-famous disc jock in the 70’s, spent his whole life always trying to reach a star that was just out of his grasp, so naturally, his mother became very nervous when Scott showed quite a bit of music potential at a young age. His mother always feared that If he pursued music, he might fail, so she liked to tell him, “Music is a hobby, don’t quit your day job!”.
At the age of 12, Scott wrote his first song and learned to play piano. As he grew older he wrote more and more songs and his voice began to develop. When he graduated high school, Scott had already made a name for himself and had earned a music scholarship to a local college. The day he sang for his own high school graduation he received a standing ovation. He went to his mother and she said, “Music is a hobby, don’t quit your day job.” So for the next 20 years, he didn’t.
He got a degree in advertising and then went back to school to be a Special Ed. teacher and taught middle school special education for 5 years. He found himself constantly trying different occupations because none of them fulfilled him like his music did. One day, he was teaching class and a student came to him and said, “Mr. Wilcox, I love you to death. You’re my favorite teacher in the school but I have to say, I think you’re a hypocrite!” When he asked him why he thought so he said this, “For five years you have told me and all the other students that we should find our calling in life, the thing that we were meant to be and do and then follow it with all our heart and soul.
Then here you are with all this musical talent and you choose to stay here and teach us. You’re not following your dream Mr. Wilcox. Doesn’t that make you a hypocrite?” Scott could have easily denied that he was right and told him that he gets his inspiration by watching them become inspired, but the truth was; he was hiding. All his life he’d listened to the outside voices in his life tell him that his dreams were unrealistic because they were too hard. But they were wrong. What is wrong is living your life doing something passion-less and pretending you are satisfied. So, he finished out his teaching year, left his job and began to try.
In his first year of trying, Scott produced his first CD called Love Notes, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Lifeclass Show, won the Bob Dylan songwriting competition, and appeared on many local TV and radio interviews. Being in advertising and marketing for 20 years gave him the ability to market his music nationwide on a non-existent budget. Being a teacher helped him to set and reach goals, make successful plans, and even teach others to do what he did along the way. He not only promoted his music but he created a music festival where he gave others a chance to showcase their music. He started a songwriters club to help show other songwriters how to do what he does, and he volunteered to play his music for students, business leaders, and soldiers.
In the brief ten minutes he got to talk with Oprah, he realized something about himself.
He realized that music has never been what he does, it's who he is, and he can’t deny his music any more than he can deny the blood in his veins. The only voice that matters in this world is the one inside of you. When he left teaching, Scott began the real adventure he was born to live. If he has one bit of advice for you, it’s to follow your passion with all your heart mind and soul, and never let anyone tell you your dream is too big to become a reality.
~Madison Talent Magazine Article. March 1st 2014
Scott has written over 150 songs, many of which you can hear on the internet. You can find them on his website (www.bearcreekrecording.com), on Sound Cloud (https://soundcloud.com/#scott-wilcox), and other sites like Itunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, and many other digital sales sites.