BandSpoken Word


Edwin “Future” Wilson
. . . . . is a powerful force in the Spoken Word movement.

An accomplished spoken word artist, song writer and actor… Future has the power to turn a few simple words into a life-defining statement. Noted for his unparalleled depth, adeptness and agility in imparting knowledge, commentary and humor, Future moves and inspires audiences with his unique delivery, vocal projection, prolific writing skills and social consciousness, all while speaking with the conviction of a general, the intensity of a middle linebacker and the wisdom of a sage.

Future, a Flint, Michigan native, was an industrious student and gifted athlete, most notably in football, throughout his time at Flint Public Schools. After graduating from Northern High School, Future attended the University of Michigan – Flint where he received his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications Media Studies and went on to play semi-professional football in the metro Detroit area. Although he was always very creative with words, he never focused on those skills due to athletic aspirations. Years later, with dreams of the NFL behind him, he finally picked up a pen and began a new future.

In his very first Slam competition, Future placed second and missed a tie for first by a mere half point. The response and respect had an immediate effect on him, and a new home was discovered on a stage with a mic.

After only a few years writing and performing, Future became the 2004 Redemption Poetry Slam Champion - Detroit Region, a nationwide poetry slam contest sponsored by FX Movies. He also was recently a showcased artist for the BET Pantene Total You Tour in Detroit and Washington, D.C. He shared the stage with the talents of poet Nikki Giovanni, hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte, BET anchor Jacque Reid, Grammy-winning gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams and comedienne Myra J. He has toured with The Manhattans, and alongside Ray, Goodman & Brown. In 2006, Future was invited to open for soul singing sensation Dwele at the famed Southern Theater in Columbus, Ohio, where he shared the stage with fellow artists Eric Roberson, Rashad and Middlechild. He has performed at the New Hazlet Theater in Pittsburgh with R&B artists, Donnie and Amel Larrieux. He has also performed with Saul Williams at Wright State University in Ohio.

Amassing an impressive collection of accolades, awards and championships including winning the Erotic Poetry Slam at The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and being a member of two teams that won the Michigan Intrastate College Team Slam competition, Future has become one of the most sought-after spoken word artists in the country.

The amazing power of his words has allowed him the opportunity to be featured on radio from Detroit’s FM 98 WJLB to Nashville’s 92Q. His second album, Future Presents: The 6th Day Phantom Menace, has been played on Flint’s local radio station 94.3 as well as Detroit’s internet radio station badgals-radio.com.

Future has been a performer on the nationwide television show, Spoken, on the Black Family Channel. In 2005, during his television acting debut, he played the role of Q in a made-for-BET film called “Multitude of Mercies,” where he performed alongside Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Future has shared the stage with performers such as Silk, Case, Chico DeBarge, Rome, Mighty Sparrow, Lady Calypso, Taalam Acey, Jessica Care Moore-Poole, Sonia Sanchez, Omar Tyree, Sonya Renee, Will “Da Real One” Bell and has recorded with Abiodune of the legendary Last Poets!

Continuously developing his craft and the genre by pushing the boundaries artistically and aesthetically, he is laying his own path stage after stage. Being a well-traveled artist, Future, has performed all over the United States, including but not limited to Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Columbus, Cleveland, Las Vegas and Houston.

Future is active member of the Flint and Genesee County communities, where he devotes his time, energy and talent as a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. as well as birthing the biggest stage for local talent with the “FLINT UN-PLUGGED” showcase which was co-founded with fellow Flint Town artist Amber Lakes.