When it comes to Christian music, it can be hard to break into the scene, much less break the mold. If you’ve spent any time listening to Christian music, you know it’s been carried by the same voices and same sounds for decades. In 2021, Anne Wilson set out to change all that and so far, so good.
Wilson doesn’t just change how Christian music “should sound” – she also broke the pattern of how Christian artists become famous. Tons of Christian musicians flock to Nashville every year looking for a big break, busting their butts on worship teams, recording demo after demo and, more often than not, eventually heading home without ever making a wave. Wilson, however, found fame without ever leaving her hometown or straying too far from her family. As a matter of fact, it’s the loss of one very important member of her family – her brother – that led to Wilson’s fame. After her brother tragically passed, Wilson stepped from behind her piano and stood up with her guitar at his funeral to sing her original song, “My Jesus.” One mourner took a video of the jaw-dropping performance and soon the heartbreaking performance had gone viral.
A year later, Wilson is an award-winning Christian artist. She’s garnered attention and accolades not just from Christian award ceremonies but from “secular” awards, as well. Her debut album, My Jesus, charted on multiple Billboard charts and reached the top spot on the Christian charts. Now Wilson is setting out to bring her sweet-but-powerful style of worship music to venues across the country.
Anne Wilson plays Heritage Bank Center as part of the Winter Jam at 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Doors open at 5 p.m. We the Kingdom, Jeremy Camp and several others are on the bill. Info: heritagebankcenter.com.
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