SPECIAL REPORT --- By Debra Evans Price
If there were an industry award for perserverance, singer-songwriter Anna WIlson would take the prize. Het debut album, due August 5, is appropriately titled "The Long Way". It took six years and four record labels to get Wilson's introspective artistry to the public. Wilson managed to land deals with Capitol, Interscope, and Island/Def Jam, but each time found herself in the wake of label mergers and record company politics.
"I knew it was going to be hard. I just didn't know it was going to be this hard," says Wilson, whose music has drawn comparisons to Norah joens and Stevie Nicks. "The thing that kept me going was knowing inside that this is all I ever really wanted to do. I was determined to do it until I actually got the music out in the marketplace."
Wilson got that opportunity when Mike Curb signed her to Curb Records' pop division. Her first single, "The Bus Ride," goes to Triple A radio on on June 23. The song was also featured in the Gwyneth Paltrow movie "A View From The Top".
Wilson grew up near Philadelphia, but moved to Music City 10 years ago. "I moved to Nashville to immerse myself in the songwriting community," she says. "I wanted to learn the craft and was just trying to find my artistic place and voice through songwriting. That's what drew me to Nashville, and I started finding that voice after being here a couple years. Nashville is an incredible community and a very musical place. I am proud to be a part of it."