John Wilson - Vocals, Guitar
Ed Marconi - Guitar
Todd Arrington - Guitar
Randall Dowdy - Drums
Brian Pearl - Bass
Johnny Wilson - Founder, Owner, Manager
BigTime Shine was originally founded in 2003 as BigTime Party Band 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 the group as lead vocalist and guitarist in 2007 and they quickly became one of the hottest live acts in the Southeast. March of 2009 saw the release of their 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, the group released of the single “Cherry Groove” to an ecstatic response from the public. The song 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”. Today, "Cherry Groove" is considered a modern era Carolina Beach Music classic. The year 2013 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 the group's second album which was released in 2015 on Fine Groove Records. At this point, the group was simply known as BigTime and self titled the album under that name which also included another hit single called "Carolina Fine". This hard working and hard playing band was awarded the title of Best Band of 2016 by Grand Strand Happening Magazine’s readers’ poll. Since 2006, BigTime 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 single, "Fannie Brown Got Married", released prior to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019.
BigTime played its last show of 2020 on Feb 15th. Nobody knew that the band would be forever changed soon thereafter as the Covid-19 pandemic was just around the corner. The group navigated through rest of 2020 as best they could. Some great recording sessions took place that will soon see the light of day but, as the pandemic moved into 2021 and created more uncertainty about the future of BigTime, some members moved on to other projects while others weathered the storm hoping for the right time for BigTime to reemerge. The year 2022 is that time.
John Wilson focused very hard on his faith throughout 2020 and 2021 and struggled with how to incorporate this into the future of BigTime. He decided that the band would rise again but under a slightly new name. The band is now known as BigTime Shine. Drummer Randall Dowdy and guitarist Ed Marconi weathered the Covid storm with Wilson and they are locked into their invaluable positions along with guitarist Todd Arrington who has returned following a 4-year hiatus. Longtime friend of both Wilson and Marconi is Brian Pearl on bass guitar. As BigTime Shine, the group shines their personal lights together musically as one light into the world with God as their driving force. They have a solid reputation behind them of being known for exciting and pleasing performances. They are dedicated to pushing themselves to be at the forefront of the live music industry in their region by providing their audiences with enjoyable and recognizable songs as well as some great original compositions.
This breakout performing and recording group had solidified its position as one of the most requested in The Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia and will continue that trend moving forward. With five active performers, BigTime Shine displays musical talent and vocal range many other bands cannot easily match.
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 (feat. Tiff Wheeler Hancock) (#2 - 2008)
Drink Up (#1 - 2006)