Shana Wilson-Williams, an independent gospel artist from Detroit, Michigan recently released her third album titled Everlasting. We had the opportunity to learn more about her journey as an independent artist, her thoughts on millennials and the church, and how women can be an influence in the music space. Check out her new album and be sure to keep up with her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?
Well, I’m a native Detroit girl, pastor’s kid, wife to Rachard, mom to RJ and Majesty, a woman who loves to sing, travel, and lover of allll things beauty. I’m headed to a bright future, helping people get through life through my music and with the love of God.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN MINISTRY AND GOSPEL MUSIC? WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
At the age of 20, I started leading worship at my parents’ church, Community Christian Fellowship, where Bishop Samuel and Lady J Wilson pastor. Musically CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams and Kari Jobs inspire me. Also my mom; she is so strong and filled with much faith. As well, my kids and husband give me so much inspiration on a daily basis.
YOUR ALBUM EVERLASTING WAS JUST RELEASED. WHAT DO YOU HOPE LISTENERS TAKE AWAY FROM THE PROJECT?
A glimpse into my life and relationship with Jesus. I hope they feel happy, free, inspired and motivated to love God more.
THERE ARE THOSE THAT SAY MILLENNIALS ARE LEAVING THE CHURCH AT EXTREMELY HIGH RATES. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM AND WHY IS FAITH STILL IMPORTANT IN 2018?
I would say to the millennials, WE NEED GOD MORE NOW THAN EVER. There are so many obstacles and hurdles we have to overcome and the only way to make it is with a strong relationship with God. Faith is one of the most powerful tools we possess. It keeps me humble to know I can’t do anything without God.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE FOR WOMEN/WOMEN OF COLOR/GIRLS LIKE YOU IN MUSIC AND HOW DO YOU INTEND TO POSITIVELY INFLUENCE THE SPACE?
I see endless opportunities for us as women. Politics, engineering, music, education, fashion, cosmetics, basketball- you name it, we can posses that. We have the power to change the way the world views us. We are brave, intelligent, we have a will to succeed that is unmatched. I see so many women in my generation that are hustling and making it happen. When a woman knows who she is, she can’t be stopped. That’s kind of how I’ve made it as far as I have as an independent artist in the gospel/Christian music world. I know what God has placed on the inside of me so there’s no need to stop. I plan on creating a woman’s facility for creatives, a cosmetic line and a fashion line.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE MILLENNIAL WOMEN TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Be confident. Humble at the same time. Consistent. Know it’s going to take hard work. Everyone nowadays can sing, so you have to have patience and be ready to hear a lot of “no’s” at first. But don’t let it get to you. If you know what you have is rare keep going until the world catches on to your best.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU, YOUR MINISTRY AND YOUR MUSIC GOING FORWARD? HOW CAN WE BE OF SUPPORT?
I am working on a promo tour, cosmetic line, and growing as an artist. If everyone tells one person about my music it’ll help me reach a new soul. I want everyone to experience Jesus like I have.
IN THE END, HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR STORY DEPICTED? WHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO LEAVE BEHIND?
Love God with all your heart and soul. Take him with you everywhere you go. Spread love and be kind. I want people to know it is possible to be a working mom, wife and artist. Keep people around you that push you, not pull you.
JUST FOR KICKS
- Ulta or Sephora – Sephora
- Instagram or Twitter – Instagram for sure
- Yolanda Adams or Cece Winans? CeCe Winans DETROIT IN THE HOUSE LOL