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Birth name: Kortney Galerno
Also known as: Kortney Kayle
Born/Date of Birth: February 8, 1979
Place of Birth: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Spouse: Dave Wilson
Children: Lennox Esmee, Jett Wilson, Sullivan James
Parents: Ken Galerno, Karrie Galerno
Labels: Lyric Street
Associated acts: The Wilsons
Official website: kortneyanddave.com
Kortney Wilson, (born February 8, 1979 as Kortney Galerno) was formerly a country music singer but gave up that career. She is now a Nashville-based real estate professional, designer, and TV presenter. She's also a partner, with husband Dave Wilson, in a business that flips (buys, renovates and sells) houses - however, the future of that business is unclear as the couple have now separated. Their projects are the basis of two reality television programs.
She was born in Windsor, Ontario, and spent her childhood in Sudbury before her family moved to Kitchener when she was 13.
As a youth in 1994, she was performing as Annie with Royal City Musical Productions in Guelph. By 1998 she had signed a management deal with Scream Marketing and Christy DiNapoli, a publishing deal with Scream Music Publishing in Nashville, and was working with Reba McEntire. In 2001, she issued two singles as Kortney Kayle on Lyric Street Records, but her debut album never materialized.
Her highest charting single was "Unbroken by You", which reached No. 50 in 2001. She also recorded with Dave as a duo. In 2001, Kortney Wilson also made several appearances on the soap opera, One Life to Live. She co-wrote Ryan Tyler's 2003 single "Run, Run, Run", which was also released by Krysta Scoggins.
Kortney Wilson was also signed to Open Road Recordings with Dave Wilson as The Wilsons. Dave had also recorded for Lyric Street. They later lost their recording deal and turned to other jobs and eventually to renovating and flipping houses in Nashville.
Music videos by The Wilsons years earlier, including Marry Me Again, Stick Together and Mine All Mine, continued to air on YouTube as of August 2018. Another music video featuring Kortney Wilson in 2001, under the stage name Kortney Kayle, titled Something To Cry About (Unreleased Song), was also still airing on YouTube.
In 2006, Kortney and Dave Wilson did some cosmetic renovations on a home and sold it, at a $30,000 profit. The couple realized they could earn additional money by flipping other houses, initially part-time while continuing in music and other part time work. Eventually, this would become a full time business and later, the basis for their HGTV television programs. In 2008, Kortney Wilson got her real estate licence and she also took over the design aspects of the homes they were renovating. In the next year, the Wilson family began to star in the CMT Canada reality series Meet the Wilsons about trying to juggle a family (two children at that time) while pursuing music careers.
In 2015, they began working on their new series about buying, renovating and flipping houses, Masters of Flip, originally on the W Network. As of mid-2018, the series was running on HGTV in the US and Canada but also aired in numerous other countries. In May 2018, HGTV also began airing another reno/flip series with the Wilsons, Music City Fix; in the ten episodes, the couple renovated a "crumbling Craftsman bungalow" in historic East Nashville, Tennessee, while striving to retain as much of the original character as possible.
Masters of Flip is slated to end after its fourth season, with the couple moving onto a new show where they renovate homes for existing homeowners.
Kortney Wilson was born in Windsor, Ontario but grew up in Sudbury, Ontario and then in Ayr, Ontario (near Kitchener), Canada, before moving to Nashville at age 18. She has been a life partner with Dave Wilson for 18 years, married for 14 of those. The couple announced on December 20, 2019 that they are separating and will divorce. They have two biological children, Jett and Sully and an adopted daughter, Lennox Esmee.
The couple first met when Dave (originally from Ottawa, Ontario) was working in England as part of a band, but was in Nashville on a writing vacation; he did not return to London after meeting Kortney.
Kortney Wilson and Dave Wilson now have joint Canadian/American citizenships.
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