Today, songstress Anita Wilson joined us
on the show to discuss her latest endeavours,
tour, and recent award nominations.
~With her debut project, Ms. Anita Wilson joins the rich musical heritage known
as the Chicago sound, while simultaneously heralding a new style in today’s
gospel music---Worship Soul. A worship leader and featured vocalist in the
award-winning ensemble Donald Lawrence & Company, she boldly takes
the solo stage with an album that is at once fiery and soulful, dynamic and meditative.
In less that one year of being released, Worship Soul received notable accolades
including being GRAMMY ® Nominated for Best Gospel Album (2013), 3 Stellar Award
Nominations for Urban Contemporary Single Performance, Praise and Worship CD of the
Year and Contemporary Female of the Year. As well it was recognized by The New York
Times' Ben Ratliff as one of 2012's Top Ten Albums.
From the high-church energy of “It’s Done,” and “He Shows Out,” to the passionate
reflection of “Speechless” and “Perfect Love Song,” the striking, 11-song collection
is evidence not merely of a great new talent, but of a seasoned minister. Worship
Soul beckons the listener to worship with ease, to enjoy a new revelation of God’s
presence. Anita co-produced the album with acclaimed songwriter/producer Rick Robinson.
Together they developed the material and recorded it live in Chicago at Fellowship
Missionary Baptist Church, the Southside church founded by Rev. Clay Evans.
Without question, the album’s crowning achievement is the mesmerizing ballad
“Speechless” (featured on WOW Gospel 2012: 30 of 2011's most popular gospel songs).
Written by Robinson, the thoughtful lyrics hold special meaning for Anita:
“So many scriptures speak of being in awe of God. He loves us so patiently,
knowing that we are a works in progress. Every time I minister that song, I
find myself looking up in the air and singing it to God as if He was right there.”
Powerful and moving from beginning to end, Ms. Anita Wilson’s debut collection
is refreshing and authentic. Worship Soul is a richly painted portrait of a truly
inspired artist, a deeply committed worshipper.
Her second album Vintage Soul is scheduled to release June of 2014.