Anne Wilson Releases New Country Album 'Rebel,' Staying True to Herself

Anne Wilson, a Grammy-nominated Christian artist, releases her new country album 'Rebel,' blending contemporary Christian and mainstream country, inspiring others to stay true to their faith in a courageous crossover.

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Anne Wilson Releases New Country Album 'Rebel,' Staying True to Herself

Anne Wilson Releases New Country Album 'Rebel,' Staying True to Herself

Anne Wilson, the Grammy-nominated Christian artist from Kentucky, has released her new country album titled 'Rebel.' The album, which features 16 songs co-written by Wilson, showcases her unique blend of contemporary Christian music and mainstream country stylings.

Wilson recently made her debut performance of the album's title track on NBC's Today show. She also wrapped up her first country tour, opening shows for Scotty McCreery, and is set to kick off her own 28-date Rebel Tour with Jordan Rowe starting on September 12, 2024 in Tulsa.

In an interview, the 22-year-old singer discussed her decision to stay true to herself in this courageous step into the country music genre. "Having faith in today's world makes one a 'rebel' like Jesus," Wilson explained, noting that the album is meant to inspire others to be bold in their faith and stay true to who they are.

Wilson initially hesitated to add a country label to her portfolio, feeling that her songs were too country for Christian radio but too Christian for country music. However, Nashville recording executive Cindy Mabe convinced her to bring God back into country music by being authentic to herself.

Why this matters: Wilson's 'Rebel' album represents a significant crossover between the contemporary Christian and country music genres. Her success could open doors for more faith-based artists to reach wider audiences through mainstream platforms.

The album features collaborations with top contemporary Christian music stars and includes a faith element in all 16 tracks. Wilson hopes to use 'Rebel' to preach the Gospel and share the truth, with some songs potentially getting played on country radio as a "nod" to her faith.

Wilson's journey has been remarkable, from finding the courage to sing at her brother's funeral at age 15 to signing a recording contract and releasing a Grammy-nominated album by 19. Despite her young age, she has managed the responsibilities of running a small business, overseeing a team, and learning the ropes of touring.

"My Jesus," Wilson's debut album released in 2022, was a major success. The lead single made her the first debut female solo artist to reach #1 on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart. She has won multiple GMA Dove Awards, been named to the RIAA Class of 2022, and was included in Pandora's Artists to Watch 2023 Christian Gospel list. Wilson performed over 150 shows in 2022 and also published a bestselling book titled "My Jesus: From Heartache to Hope."

With the release of 'Rebel,' Anne Wilson continues to build on her success, boldly blending the sounds of contemporary Christian music and country to share her faith-infused message with a wider audience. As she stated in the interview, "I felt like these songs were too country for Christian radio, but they were too Christian for country radio. And I realized that having faith in today's world, it makes you a rebel, kind of like Jesus."

Key Takeaways

  • Anne Wilson, a Christian artist, released her new country album 'Rebel'.
  • Wilson made her debut 'Rebel' performance on NBC's Today show.
  • Wilson's album aims to inspire others to be bold in their faith.
  • Wilson's success could open doors for more faith-based artists in mainstream.
  • Wilson's debut album 'My Jesus' was a major success, reaching #1 on charts.