Capitol CMG artist and songwriter Anne Wilson took home two awards at the 53rd annual GMA Dove Awards for New Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for her breakthrough single “My Jesus.” Making a splash at her first-ever Dove Awards appearance, the evening brought Wilson’s touching performance of “My Jesus” to center stage. Wilson then enlisted the help of Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood for a poignant rendition of “What A Beautiful Name” in honor of her late brother, Jacob Wilson, as his photos filled the screen behind her. The Dove Awards aired worldwide on TBN on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, fans who missed Friday night’s show can catch it on TBN’s YouTube channel or on the TBN app.
“I never imagined I’d be here tonight, standing on this stage and getting to be among all of you incredible artists,” Wilson shared in her emotional New Artist of the Year acceptance speech. “I want to thank my sweet brother in heaven who has inspired me. That’s why I do what I do, to honor Jacob, and I’m so grateful.”
While accepting her New Artist of the Year Award, Wilson also thanked “My Jesus” co-writer and mentor Matthew West and announced their continued partnership. West will oversee Wilson’s management as the founder of Story House Collective, alongside Crowd Surf’s co-founder Jade Driver, who will assist in a strategic management capacity.
The coveted Dove Award wins come on the heels of a recent announcement of Wilson’s first-ever American Music Award nomination for Favorite Inspirational Artist. The 2022 American Music Awards will air live from Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on ABC.
Wilson’s new single “Hey Girl,” which Billboard notes “further heightens her country ties” is an uplifting, energetic anthem connecting with fans across the country. Since its release, “Hey Girl” hit No. 1 on the TikTok Country playlist with 8.2M views on TikTok. Wilson had a multitude of fans join her for the making of the official “Hey Girl” music video, which was released in September, in support of the “Hey Girl” movement. Wilson has now launched “Hey Girl Nation” as a community for her fans to connect, encourage self confidence and remind members of their self-worth.
Expanding upon her record breaking year, the artist with “unmistakable strength and unique country flair” (American Songwriter) readies to release her first book My Jesus: From Heartache to Hope from Thomas Nelson on Oct. 25. Drawing from her personal experiences of tragedy and loss, Wilson shares her detailed path to healing in this book that she hopes will help those going through similar experiences. You can catch Wilson live on tour opening as direct support for Casting Crowns this fall, and Phil Wickam later this year.