Anita Wilson went waaay back to Vintage Worship — after all, the title of her latest project reflects the way we used to have church. The gospel diva is all smiles concerning her latest sophomore release on Motown Gospel, which marks Wilson’s highest chart debut to date. The CD debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, and at #3 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Digital Albums Chart.
The St. Louis native is excited about a stronger and more versatile musical vibe, as well as co-writing nine of the songs with friend and Stellar Award winning producer, Rick Robinson. Her music and current single “Keep Doing What You’re Doing” is a favorite on gospel radio. Wilson’s musical contributions recently won her Female Vocalist of the Year honors during the Chicago Gospel Music Awards.
I had an opportunity to chat with the Stellar Award Winner and former member of Donald Lawrence’s group, The Company, during a private listening party about her project.
JET: How would you describe this style of music?
Anita Wilson: “It’s like a sub genre of gospel music. Vintage Worship is an audio picture of all of my musical influences of the 70s, 80s and 90s, which includes what was then contemporary gospel as well as classic soul and R&B. I hope this lends itself to the perfect merge of all of those sounds together — it’s very current but old school.
JET: Describe the project as well as some of the artist you share the mic with on this project?
AW: “I collaborated with some of my favorite singers. Bishop Yvette Flunder, Avery Sunshine, Anaysha Figueroa and Tommy Sims are featured on the project, produced by Rick Robinson. Also, some of the songs had a feel of other favorites including Mary J. Blige, The Emotions and Dorothy Norwood. It’s definitely a something for everyone with contemporary, upbeat as well as praise and worship.
JET: What do you hope listeners will get from this CD?
AW: “I think this is my best work. People will see the real me. Often times, we try to put a mask on with God but He knows the real person.”
“Keep Doing What You’re Doing,” Anita Wilson
On a sad note, condolences to Pastor Shirley Caesar-Williams on the loss of her husband, Bishop Harold Ivory Williams, after 31 years of marriage. He was Senior Bishop Emeritus of Mt. Calvary Holy Church Word of Faith in Raleigh, N.C., where the Grammy Award-winning artist served as Pastor as well as more than a dozen churches throughout the country. The home going services for local and state celebration was this past Friday. The national home going celebration was held on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
Please keep Pastor Caesar and the Mount Calvary Raleigh family in your prayers.
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