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Anne Wilson On Faith, Country Music and Her New Album: 'Jesus Was a Rebel'

Michael Foust

Crosswalk Headlines Contributor
Updated Apr 24, 2024

Anne Wilson has a message for fans of her Christian music: She’s not abandoning the faith-centric genre.

She is, though, leaning into country music more than ever. Her sophomore album, Rebel (April 19), leads with a fast-paced country tune and includes a country flare throughout most of the 16 tracks, including several -- God and Country, for example -- that sound like they were written with pickup trucks in mind. The album cover features Wilson in a cowboy hat.

Wilson, though, is rejecting labels.

“A lot of people are labeling it as country and I would label it as just Anne Wilson,” she told CrosswalkHeadlines. “Some songs will be on Christian playlists, and some will be on country. And then some will maybe just be in the middle. ...This album was very interesting, because it really does blend the two together in one.”

Wilson became a mainstay on the Christian charts with her breakout song My Jesus and has appeared on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart more than a dozen times.

Rebel, though, has gained mainstream country attention. She received a CMT Music Award nomination in the Breakthrough Female Video of the Year category for her song Rain In The Rearview. Earlier this year, CMT named her to its 2024 class of the CMT Next Women of Country. Fourteen female artists made the cut.

Wilson -- who grew up listening to both country and Christian music -- says she wants the album to reach country fans who don’t attend church.

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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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