Anne Wilson Shares How God Used Tragedy to Launch her Career
By Movieguide® Contributor
Anne Wilson, “My Jesus” singer-songwriter, recently shared how God used the tragic death of her brother in 2017 to launch her music career.
“Losing Jacob changed everything for me,” she said in a recent CBN interview. “I gained a new perspective on life that I had never had. I realized how short these years on earth are, that heaven is the final destination, heaven is where I want to work towards. I want to tell people about Jesus. I want to work as hard as I can to introduce Jesus to as many people as I can.”
Movieguide® previously reported on how Wilson grew closer to God through that difficult time: “Instead of turning from Him, we chose to walk closer to Him through that time,” she shared. “So I became on fire for the Lord and we just chose to trust Him. We saw the Lord do a lot of really incredible things and [He] was just so faithful and kind to me and my family and it was such a sweet season.”
“I had this passion all of the sudden to tell the world about Jesus,” she explained. “I didn’t want anyone to have to experience a loss and know that their son or daughter or wife or husband or whoever didn’t go to heaven.”
However, Wilson never thought that she would share the Gospel through music.
In fact, she had never sung in front of anyone before. But a few days after her brother’s death, as she sang and worshiped at the piano, her mom heard her and encouraged Wilson to sing at the funeral.
Before then, Wilson explained, she “was pursuing wanting to be an astronaut and work for NASA and had no passions in music at all.”
However, “I sang at my brother’s funeral for the first time in front of anyone and that was really the moment that I realized God was calling me to music, God was calling me to spread His name, to spread His love around the world,” Wilson shared.
“I didn’t know what capacity that would be [in] or what that would look like, but it’s so amazing to look back and see how God used the tragedy of losing my brother to start something so incredible and change people’s lives through my songs and my ministry.”
Movieguide® previously reported on Anne Wilson’s hit “My Jesus”:
Nineteen-year-old Anne Wilson’s song “My Jesus” became an instant hit and recently reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart for Christian music.
Wilson, who grew up in central Kentucky, recently shared her heart behind the song that has garnered millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.
In a recent Instagram post, Wilson explained that she trusted God with the song that Christian artist Matthew West co-wrote.
“It’s been almost 4 months since ‘My Jesus’ was released to the world,” Wilson wrote. “I remember praying that night and asking God to do whatever He wanted with the song. I had done all I could do on my end and so I surrendered it to Him. I went to bed that night knowing that whatever the outcome was, He had it.
“Flash forward almost 4 months, God ended up taking this song and doing big things with it. He began to lead people back to Him through it and began to save lives & He is continuing to do so today,” she continued. “I stand in awe of His goodness every day. I stand in awe of the fact that He chose me for this specific mission and man am I so grateful. Thank You Jesus for the way that you love us so deeply and intimately. Thank You that You multiply the desires of our hearts. Thank You that You’re rescuing the broken through ‘My Jesus’. I will never have the words to express my gratitude to You. All glory goes to You, my precious Lord & Savior.”
In a recent interview, Wilson added: “It’s been a whirlwind of emotions. Just thankfulness and gratefulness, watching God take my story, which was something so broken, and turning it into something so beautiful.”
While the song includes Wilson’s soulful gospel, country voice, Wilson wrote the song out of tragedy.
Wilson’s older brother, Jacob, died in an accident when he was 23. Wilson, who was 15 at the time, said that she went to the piano and sang “What A Beautiful Name,” and later sang the popular Christian song at her brother’s funeral.
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