Grammy Nominee Anita Wilson on Free Music Friday
This week’s free music download is from a Grammy-nominated artist with roots in East St. Louis, Chicago, traditional gospel and ’70s and ’80s soul.
After serving the south side of Chicago as a worship leader and choir director at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church for eight years and making a name for herself as a featured vocalist in the award-winning gospel ensemble Donald Lawrence & Company, Anita Wilson released her first studio album, Worship Soul, in spring 2012. This weekend, Anita is headed to the Grammy Awards where she’s being recognized with a nomination for Gospel Record of the Year. TCW touched base with her before she took off for some studio sessions in L. A., and got the story behind this week’s free music Friday download, “It’s Done.”
Your debut album, Worship Soul, is up for Gospel Record of the Year at the Grammy’s this weekend. Did you ever think your first album would be a Grammy-nominated production?
Absolutely not. I never foresaw a Grammy nomination. I actually recorded the project independently here in Chicago before I was signed to a label. At first, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do a project—it’s an oversaturated industry. I always make the joke that somebody’s in the studio right now recording a project, so I didn’t know if it was the right thing for me to do. Once I felt led to go ahead and do it, I took my time writing the songs. People release projects all the time, and it’s kind of a shot in the dark. You don’t know if people will like it or not, but the feedback I’ve gotten since its release has been amazing. I’ve gotten amazing support from everyone. To go from not even knowing if I was going to sign with a record label to now being nominated for a Grammy, it’s unimaginable. It’s amazing. So I’m grateful.
What’s the story behind “It’s Done”?
It’s an inspirational song you can sing to yourself in the mirror, or use to encourage your neighbor. There are so many challenges we deal with on a daily basis. If we let them, they could really get us down in the dumps, and make us feel we have no hope. This song is meant to inspire hope in every listener. Even if I can’t see it and I can’t put my hands on the result, I know God is working on my behalf. Even when I can’t trace him, I’m encouraged and know everything is already all right.
I wrote this song a few years ago, as God ministered to me from the scripture in Mark 11:24. It says, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” It shall be done. A lot of the time we ask God for something in prayer, and he takes a little longer getting back to us than we’d like. As we see other people being blessed, we sometimes wonder, Has God forgotten about me?
So “It’s Done” is simply a mantra you can start your day with, or take throughout your day, or end it on a victorious note reminding yourself as the lyrics say: “It’s done / what I shall be I already am / God has worked it out on my behalf / My eyes may not see it but by faith I will receive it / It will manifest / It’s already done.”
Is encouragement the main theme of Worship Soul?
Each song on Worship Soul definitely has that message. It comes in a different package on each song, but even just looking at the song titles, there’s a thread of faith in God and trusting God, worshiping him and praising him despite your circumstances, whether they’re good or bad. If we’re having a wonderful season, we can get comfortable and feel like we don’t need God as much as we needed him before. Then on the flip side, if we’re going through a rough season, we think God is not working for us, and we’re not really walking in faith and trust the way we need to.
So from beginning to end, Worship Soul encourages the listener to keep on praisin’ no matter what your circumstances are. There’s a message through the whole project to keep faith and trust in God, knowing he’s in control of every situation. So whether good or bad, God, I’m always going to give you the praise and worship that you’re due. All the time. He’s always worthy.
This werk's Free Music Friday download period has ended. Purchase the entire album at this link, and watch a music video of “It’s Done” below: