Tuesday, June 09, 2015
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Anita Wilson
Gospel singer Anita Wilson started out as a backup singer and then did very well on the gospel charts with her 2011 debut album Worship Soul and her debut single Speechless. She was born June 19, 1976 in East St. Louis, IL and like a lot of gospel artists, she grew up in the church as a Preacher's Kid. Her dad was a pastor. She was an in demand backup singer with Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, DeWayne Woods and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. Then she became a regular with Donald Lawrence and sang lead on Happy Being Me from the album The Law Of Confession Part 1. Then she moved to Chicago and joined the staff of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church led by Charles Jenkins. He leads a very popular choir and records for EMI Gospel (now Motown Gospel). Anita signed with the same label and Jenkins' musical director Rick Robinson produced the album and wrote a lot of the songs with Anita. Robinson started out as a pianist with Ricky Dillard and Donald Lawrence and he has produced gospel artists like Lamar Campbell, Bishop Larry Trotter and VaShawn Mitchell. The single Speechless did well on the gospel charts and Anita's 2014 CD Vintage Worship has also done well. There is definitely some Smooth Jazz influence in Anita's vocals and I think that will give her longevity in the gospel music business. Worship Soul is available as a budget CD. Gospel fans should check it out. Here's the video for Speechless by Anita Wilson.