Get To Know Gospel Singer-Songwriter Anisa Fowler

Anisa Fowler is one hell of a vocalist, and she’s here to bless the genre of gospel altogether. Born in Trinidad but now based in New York, the singer-songwriter makes it a point to step outside the box of traditional gospel music, creating from a vulnerable place with her heart on her sleeve. And while her focus is humanity as a whole, her contributions in and out of the church do not go unnoticed.

Earlier this year in July, Anisa Fowler unveiled her new EP titled Anisa — The Next Chapter, taking listeners on a journey of worship, praise, and a touch of biblical teaching. Her voice carries healing power, and she actively shares that gift with all those who are willing to listen.

Her message to her fans? You are not your mistakes! Anisa is here to remind people that life is hard, but you always have to pick yourself back up in order to persevere. Never give up or give in, simply do the best you can every single day.

Sheen spoke with Anisa about her background, her influences, her recent EP, her faith, and more!

For those who don’t know, who is Anisa Fowler?

Anisa Fowler is a Christian woman on a mission to encourage, inspire, motivate and empower every person she comes in contact with to unapologetically be who God has called you to be. 

What does gospel mean to you?

The gospel is the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a believer I’m called to live those same four things out in my own life. God expects that I give birth to every promise and purpose that He’s placed inside of me.  He expects me to intentionally live out my calling. I have to let the fears and anxieties die in my life and make sure I rise every single day focused on fulfilling my assignment.

Who are your biggest influences?

Growing up I listened mainly to Yolanda Adams. Nowadays I’m hooked on Jekalyn Carr, Tasha Cobbs and Kierra Sheard! All four of these women are powerhouses who really have made huge impacts on my life even though we’ve never met. That’s the beauty of music and art! We can touch so many and not even know it. 

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal? That you wanted to sing for a living.

I fell in love with music at a very young age and spent most of my childhood into adolescence studying music theory, vocal performance and even went on to study music education. It’s always been my passion and I’ve been trusting God my whole life to open the right doors to make music my full time career.

Earlier this year, you released Anisa – The Next Chapter. Why is this the next chapter?

I went through a very difficult divorce that had my emotions and so many aspects of my life stuck circling the same dead end. One day, God said as clear as day: “Anisa, it’s time to turn the page and enter the next chapter of your life.” I was devastated. I wanted to hold on to hope and I was comfortable being stuck. I had grown accustomed to the cycle of trauma and initially rejected the idea of ever moving on. But, as soon as I let go, doors just began to fly open and God began to clear up all the fog. My next chapter was so bright it was blinding. What I’ve been through had to happen for me to be where I am today!

What is it you want fans to get from the project?

I want my fans to embrace walking into their next chapters. It might be intimidating and you might even be terrified. But go ahead and turn the page! God has so much more for each and every one of us. There’s no time to be stuck. We have to get up and move on. With each song you listen to, my prayer is that it challenges you to take a step in a new direction so you can see how bright your future really is.

What song of yours means the most to you at this current moment, & why?

I have to say “Covered.” I thought I released that song to encourage people to not be afraid during this pandemic, and that still stands true. But after releasing it, I realized I released it also to encourage women who felt “uncovered” because a spouse walked out on them or maybe they never had a spouse and wanted one so desperately that they felt they were less than because they didn’t have one, that your true covering comes from God. When you have God covering you, you have nothing to worry about. God has proven to be my protector and my provider like no one could ever be. He’s got me COVERED!!

How has your faith played a role in your personal life & career?

My faith is everything to me. Without trusting and believing in Jesus, I would have given up on life a long time ago. God’s word keeps me grounded and consistently puts things into perspective for me. When you really apply the word to your life, there’s a hope and resilience that attaches itself to you and causes you to triumph over every obstacle you could ever face! 

What award means the most to you & why?

I can’t single out any particular award as meaning more than the other. I appreciate every single award equally. As an indie artist, you are going up against so many amazingly gifted voices and to even be nominated is a win in my book. I’m grateful for every nomination and every win.

Goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?

Consistency is everything in this business.  For me, this isn’t just a business. It’s a ministry.  My first goal is to please God.  I’m living my whole life to hear two words: “Well done.” The Bible tells me to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness first and then everything else will be added and fall into its rightful place. God has opened so many doors for me so far, I have no reason to think He’s going to stop any time soon. So I’m gonna keep serving Him and serving His people and the rest will work itself out.  I’m working on a Stellar nomination and being able to perform live at the Stellars. I’m finishing up my 31 day devotional and I’m always making music and waiting for the right time to release it all. 

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