New artist and songwriter Baylor Wilson has just released a debut song, "Jesus Happened" which expresses Wilson's over-the-top joy for the Lord that she radiates, spilling over onto everyone she meets.
"Jesus Happened" is her story of meeting Jesus and being changed from the inside out. “After my encounter with Jesus, people would see me and say, ‘What happened to you?’" she says with a smile that matches the joy of the song. "I figured out the easiest way to explain it was that Jesus happened!”
Growing up in Dallas, she arrived in Nashville after a chance meeting with Jeff Hanna, lead singer of the legendary rock band The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It was Hanna who encouraged the then high school senior to pursue her music dreams. Taking his advice, she moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University where she dove into country music and played her songs at every showcase and venue she could.
She was a college sophomore when she appeared on CBS’s hit show "Survivor," teaming up with her mom to spend 37 grueling days in Nicaragua, where she ended up finishing in fifth place and her mom made the top three. But it was a year after graduation that she walked into an auto body car shop turned church one Sunday with a friend and her life changed forever.
“I walked in and they were worshipping and singing. It was the first time I felt free to really worship. I felt God’s tangible presence fall over me for the first time. I was weeping and weeping, realizing I didn’t want to live the way I was living anymore. I didn’t want to fill my life with things like partying and drinking and dating the wrong people. I felt a profound peace that night. Later, I found out it was because I met the Prince of Peace.”