‘I Want to Tell People About Jesus’: Anne Wilson Shares God-Centered Story That Launched Her Career By Tré Goins-Phillips for Faith Wire
At just 20 years old, Christian singer Anne Wilson has learned what it means to persevere.
The “My Jesus” singer-songwriter recently appeared on CBN’s “Faith vs. Culture,” where she opened up about the tragic loss of her brother and how that dark chapter served as the springboard for her career.
“Losing Jacob changed everything for me,” she said of her brother’s tragic death at just 23 years old. “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.”
In fact, Wilson said it was the unexpected death of her brother in 2017 that led her to realize her passion was to use music to tell others about her faith in the Lord.
“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.”
Music, though, wasn’t an obvious fit for Wilson.
She recalled sitting at a piano in her childhood home, worshipping alone a handful of days after Jacob’s death as a result of a car accident. Having never sang in front of anyone before, Wilson remembered her surprise when her mother, Lynn, walked into the room, stunned by her daughter’s then-hidden talent.
Wilson — who, at the time, had aspirations of one day becoming an astronaut — said she didn’t consider herself a talented vocalist or musician but was simply trying to find solace in her faith. Soon thereafter, her mother asked her to sing at Jacob’s funeral.