Anne Wilson, this year’s recipient of the 53rd Annual Dove Awards’ New Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for her song “My Jesus,” shared the story of a woman struggling with suicidal thoughts who gave her life to Jesus after hearing Wilson’s song on the radio.
“There was a lady that came up to me at the show the other week,” Wilson, who attended as a fan in 2019, told the media at the Dove Awards on Tuesday night (Oct. 18). “She was struggling with cancer, had lost all of her hair battling [the disease], and she said that she was ready to commit suicide…but she was in the car and she heard ‘My Jesus’ come on Christian radio.”
It was then that “she decided to give her life to Jesus and let go of those thoughts and now she’s living free in Jesus,” Wilson continued. The woman is still battling cancer, but she now “knows that she has a purpose and a reason for being here on Earth.”
Wilson shared that hearing a testimony like that means so much to her, saying, “There’s so much power in music, especially music that glorifies Jesus. So just thinking back on when I wrote that song, and then to now see how many lives it’s impacted, it’s an honor and I’m so grateful.”
When asked what it was like to be nominated for six Dove Awards this year, Wilson replied, “I’m so grateful. It’s so cool to like, look out in the crowd and see all of my incredible mentors and peers and friends out there.”
Wilson credits her brother, who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 23 in 2017, for inspiring her music career.
“The loss of my brother was kind of the catalyst for my music career and what started everything,” Wilson said.
“Every time I get on stage, every time I’m writing a song,” Wilson shared, “I have my brother’s memory in my heart. And I remember just who he was to me and the incredible brother he was, and he inspires everything I do.”