Nick Wiley was born in West Columbia, South Carolina in 1988 but has lived most of his life in Asheboro, North Carolina. He began playing guitar at the age of eleven and started fingerstyle guitar lessons with Rick Allred a year later. Though these lessons were taught entirely by ear, they enabled him to quickly develop a solid repertoire of popular jazz, easy listening, country, sacred, and pop tunes that resulted in paid performances for local civic clubs, restaurants, educational institutions, and private parties at a very early age. Nick also cultivated a lasting friendship with his mentor Allred, highlighted by two duet performances with Allred for the 2003 and 2004 North Carolina Thumb and Finger Style Guitar Players, Inc. annual conventions at the ages of fifteen and sixteen.
Frustrated with his lack of ability to read written music, Nick spent his senior year of high school studying classical guitar with W. Matthew Hoover. During this time, he began to focus his creative energy toward composition. Upon completing his studies with Hoover and starting college, Nick continued to study guitar on his own while performing locally and working on his Information Systems degree. Filled with a desire to continue his studies in music, he added music as a second major and began studying with Mark Mazzatenta in 2008.
Nick has been featured on several recordings, including A Christmas Collection (charity project for the Randolph Hospital Cancer Center – solo guitar) and Inversion (Christian rock band CounterFall’s debut album – bass guitar). Currently, he is finishing his degrees at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as completing the recording of his metal band Wake of Redemption’s debut album Earth Shaker alongside his brother Stephen (drums/vocals) and mentor W. Matthew Hoover, due for release early 2011.