When a person is going through difficult circumstances in life — whether it’s a time of feeling awkward or an attack on their identity — they can forget who they are in Christ and about the promises in His Word.
Anne Wilson’s song Hey Girl was born at a time in her life when she was struggling.
Unless a person happens to be a Christian singer-songwriter, they don’t realize that the most powerful songs are the ones that are written out of personal experience and mingled with the truth of God’s Word.
Wilson’s song has a story behind it that definitely makes it special, and causes it to resonate with the listener. She teamed up with Jeff Pardo and Matthew West to help her polish the musical diamond in the rough.
“I grew up in a great home and had great friends when I was younger,” 20-year-old Wilson told Christian Headlines. “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,” she said.
One of Anne’s mentors helped her through this difficult time by reminding her that she is God’s precious daughter, and that God Himself sees her as His precious daughter.
Filming the Hey Girl music video was one of my favorite days on set ever. To hear what it means to all of these girls to be a Hey Girl, made the song even more special to me. pic.twitter.com/81uKA4ep85
— Anne Wilson (@Annewilsonmusic) September 24, 2022
She said that realization changed everything for her, because then she understood that her identity wasn’t in what people thought of her or what she accomplished in this life. Rather, her identity is that she is the daughter of the King of kings and the Lord of lords who rules the universe and all that is in it.
Though Wilson hopes Hey Girl will be a blessing to all women, she especially wants to be able to reach middle school and high school girls through the lyrics of the song, helping them to understand that their identity is in Jesus.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Oh my goodness!! This week at the @GMADoveAwards God showed up yet again. I could feel His presence in the room as I won New Artist of The Year and Pop Contemporary Recorded Song of The Year for my very first single “My Jesus.” pic.twitter.com/PQjnL0fWZF
— Anne Wilson (@Annewilsonmusic) October 22, 2022
Part of Wilson’s vision for her music is that it would bring comfort and healing to those who listen to it. Wilson realized God’s calling on her in connection to music because of losing her brother in a car accident, and how music helped her process that loss, according to her website.
A poll conducted by Pew Research revealed that many Christians struggle with truly understanding their identity in Christ, no matter their age. The specific numbers tended to depend on how fervent a Christian is in connection to personal Bible study, prayer, and church attendance.
One Christian movie that does an excellent job of offering Christians insight into their identity in Christ is called Overcomer, created by the Kendrick Brothers. The movie uses Ephesians chapters 1-2 as its general focus for illustrating that truth.