Anne Wilson’s hit single “Hey Girl” is speaking a powerful message for young girls and women.
In a recent interview, the 20-year-old artist shared how the song was birthed out of a time of her insecurity during her teenage years. The song “Hey Girl” speaks to young girls and women about their true identity. It has become a huge hit and spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart.
“I grew up in a great home and had great friends when I was younger,” Anne shared. “But when I got into middle school and high school, I just felt like my identity was just gone. I was so insecure, I felt not good enough, I felt not worthy. And girls are always so mean in that age group. And everyone’s trying to figure out what they’re doing in their life. I just felt so down on myself all the time.”
But everything changed during her eighth grade when her mentor prayed for her during one of her tough days. That was when she truly realized her true identity.
“I was having this really, really rough day,” she said. “And I remember one of my mentors coming up to me, and she was just praying over me. And she said to me, ‘Anne, you are God’s precious daughter, and He sees you as His precious daughter.’ And that changed everything for me when I realized that it wasn’t about what I looked like. It wasn’t about what people thought about me. It wasn’t about what I did or achieved in this lifetime – but that my highest calling is that I’m God’s precious daughter. When I had that moment, it changed everything for me.”
Just as she has been reminded of her true identity by her mentor’s words, she also wanted her song to speak that message to other women. Our identity is rooted in Jesus Christ.
“My heart’s desire for this song was that it would reach people, and specific women of all ages, but also in that middle school to high school range that it would point them back to Jesus, that their identity is in Him,” she said. “And that’s the most important thing that we can carry in this life – is knowing that it doesn’t matter what other people think about us, it doesn’t matter what the enemy says about us or tries to speak over us, but that our identity is rooted in Jesus. So it’s been really cool to see how this song has already impacted girls and women of all ages. And I hope that it just continues to point people back to Him.”
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Reference: Christian Headlines