His Childhood and College
Wiley Beveridge was born in Houston, Texas and his relatives still live in Texas. He began playing the piano at the age of 8. Wiley is also an accomplished flutist and guitarist, having played flute since the age of 13, and guitar since age 19. He was a flute major and piano minor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Raised Methodist, Wiley became an Episcopalian in 1978.
The Community of Celebration
For 13 years Wiley resided in the "Community of Celebration", an Episcopal religious community, and as part of outreach teams traveled extensively throughout the US, Great Britain, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ireland, leading music and worship conferences, concerts, and workshops for the guitar.
Role in Unity Churches
After Celebration, Wiley was music director at First Christian Church in Freedom, NH, Union Church in Biddeford Pool, ME, and also served weekly as chorus manager for the Maine Gay Men's chorus. He lived in New England for nearly 15 years before returning to Texas. Wiley has been shaped by his religious community experience and knows the value of a group of people committed to holding sacred space for a community through music (whether in anthem form or just participating in congregational singing).
The Role of Music
His vision for music in the life of a spiritual center is this: music and all involved serve the vision of the gathered folks. It is with great joy that he writes and performs music that he hopes will touch you spiritually, open your heart, and deepen your experience of the Divine waiting to be remembered within you. He has an irresistible appeal to all ages from children to grandparents with his ever present smile and natural ability to have fun. Besides his original New thought (spiritual and metaphysical) music, his repertoire also includes pop favorites such as "I Have a Dream" by Abba. Wiley says, "We are blessed and are blessing all around us". One of his favorite quotes is from Eric Butterworth: "God can only do for us what he can do through us." To the wonderful people of this world, he says, get ready, there is much God wills to do through us! Wiley has recorded five solo and two duet albums and in 2016 recorded again: this time in Houston.