Up-and-coming Christian recording artist Anne Wilson sat down with The Mountain Advocate during a visit to Barbourville on Friday. Wilson, who claims Barbourville as her second home, performed a few of her original songs at Late Night with J.C., a Christian talk show for young adults, at Beacon Baptist Church.
Wilson may only be 17 years old but she is already hitting big milestones. She is currently signed to a record label in Nashville, Tenn. as a Christian recording artist.
Wilson shared her story of how far she has come and the struggles she has faced in the past two years.
“I lost my brother Jacob in a car accident. After he passed away, I felt hopeless in that moment and thought, ‘how could anything good come out of this?’ But God brings beauty from ashes. That phrase has always been present in my life. God placed a desire in my heart to worship Him and I followed His lead during that time.” She said, “My parents asked me to sing at my brother’s funeral. At first, I thought, ‘how can I hold myself together up there?’ but then I prayed about it and chose to do it. I sang ‘What A Beautiful Name’ by Hillsong. Afterwards, my family and I made a cover video as a memorial for Jacob and posted it on YouTube.”
Wilson explained the video was only a tribute to Jacob’s life for family and friends to look back on. Then suddenly, the unexpected happened. “A year later, I received a message from Jason Davis (from First Company Management) who is now my manager. God continues to open doors for me.” She concluded, “God is the only one that can bring true fulfillment and peace (in the middle of tragedy).”
Wilson hopes to release her first album in 2020 and plans to stream it on the hit Christian radio station KLOVE. Until then, she will be writing songs in Nashville and leading worship at local churches in Southeastern Kentucky. Follow Anne’s journey for upcoming tour dates and music releases on Facebook and Instagram at @annewilsonmusic.
Anne’s father, Kent Wilson, is from Barbourville. Kent’s father, Bob Wilson, and his grandfather, Cecil, were former owners of Advocate Publishing Company, parent company of The Mountain Advocate until the Wilson family sold to Nolan Group Media in 2008. Anne’s grandmother, Judy Wilson, is currently an active member of the Barbourville community and First Baptist Church. The Wilson family has long been known for its musical talents.