John Wilson - Vocals, Guitar
Mike Harriss - Drums
Craig Saunders - Bass
Tracy King - Trumpet, Vocals
Miles Griffiths - Saxophone
Doug Andrews - Keyboards
Randall Dowdy - Percussion, Vocals
Ed Marconi - Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Wilson - Founder, Owner, Manager, Sound Engineer
BigTime was founded in 2003 by music business veteran Johnny Wilson. After being away from the live music world for more than 10 years while building a very successful Disc Jockey business, Wilson decided to get back into the game with the hopes of creating a performing group that could entertain and impress a wide range of music lovers. Following some changes in initial lineup, the elder Wilson’s son John Wilson joined BigTime as lead vocalist and guitarist in 2006. BigTime then quickly became one of the hottest live acts in the Southeast. March of 2009 saw the release of BigTime’s debut album, Footprints in the Sand, which included several excellent original tunes along with some great classic covers. Shortly thereafter, the group was nominated by the Carolina Beach Music Association as “Best New Artist” for their annual awards ceremony.
In 2012, BigTime released the single “Cherry Groove” to an ecstatic response from the public as it became a sure fire hit on Carolina Beach Music radio stations everywhere. Songwriters John Wilson and Barry Briggs were nominated by the Carolina Beach Music Association for “Songwriter(s) of the Year”. The following year brought two more CBMA nominations for "Collaboration of the Year" and "Producer of the Year" (Johnny Wilson) for the song "Four O’clock in the Morning" which was recorded with very special guest vocalist the late Clifford Curry, who is considered a legend in R&B/Soul/Beach Music. Both “Cherry Groove” and “Four O’clock” were included on BigTime's second album. Simply called BigTime, the project was released in 2015 on Fine Groove Records and included another hit single, "Carolina Fine". All together, BigTime has enjoyed eight songs achieving Top 10 status on several charts in the Carolinas and Virginia with three of them reaching the number one position... including their latest single "Fannie Brown Got Married" which was released in 2019.
With longtime members Mike Harriss on drums, Craig Saunders on bass guitar, Tracy King on trumpet and vocals along with newer members Miles Griffiths on saxophone, Doug Andrews on keyboards, Randall Dowdy on vocals and percussion and Ed Marconi on guitar locked into their invaluable positions, BigTime has built a solid reputation of being known for performing an exciting and pleasing variety of party favorites in clubs, festivals, weddings, corporate events, and private functions. BigTime pushed themselves to the forefront of the live music industry in their region by dedicating themselves with providing their audiences with enjoyable and recognizable songs from the genres of Rock, Pop, Country, Funk, R&B and Carolina Beach Music.
This breakout performing and recording group has solidified its position as one of the most requested in The Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia. With eight active performers, BigTime displays musical talent and vocal range many other bands cannot easily match. This hard working and even harder playing band was awarded the title of Best Band of 2016 by Grand Strand Happening Magazine’s readers’ poll which is powerful evidence proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that BigTime is "The Party Band For The Party People!!!"
2016 - Winner of "Best Band in Myrtle Beach" by Grand Strand Happening Magazine's voters poll
2013 - Carolina Beach Music Awards Nominee - "Producer of the Year" (Johnny Wilson for "Four O'Clock In The Morning")
2013 - Carolina Beach Music Awards Nominee - "Best Collaboration" ("Four O'Clock In The Morning" w/ Clifford Curry)
2012 - Carolina Beach Music Awards Nominee - "Songwriter(s) of the Year" (John L. Wilson & Barry Briggs for the song "Cherry Groove")
2009 - Carolina Beach Music Awards Nominee - "Best New Act"
Top 10 Singles
Fannie Brown Got Married (#1 - 2019)
Carolina Fine (#6 - 2015)
I Loved Them All (#8 - 2014)
Four O’clock In The Morning (w/ Clifford Curry) (#4 - 2014)
Cherry Groove (#3 - 2012)
Oh, What A Feeling (#6 - 2009)
Do Ya Like (#2 - 2008)
Drink Up (#1 - 2007)