on September 25, 2013 in Girls of Grace, Sounds good to me. with 49 comments by

You know those songs that just hit you the first time you hear them and you’re all HOW DID NO ONE ALREADY WRITE THIS BECAUSE IT IS PERFECT AND WONDERFUL AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO HEAR IT?!?

Right. So that’s how I feel about Wanted by Dara Maclean. [And probably Wanted by Hunter Hayes as well, but today is all about Dara so try to stay focused, people.]

Here’s the video for the song. It’s beautiful.

So Dara was on Girls of Grace last weekend in Houston and I already think she’s a pure joy as a human and friend but then when those pipes start up? Have mercy. Girl can sing. I feel very honored to share any stage with women like this who love God and people and are using their talents to make Him more known.


Right? She’s the cutest.

Here’s the exciting part. Dara’s new album Wanted released yesterday. It’s absolutely incredible- I’ve listened straight through about eight times and Intern Sarah and I can’t quit singing “you, you are wanted, you, you are wanted” randomly throughout every day.

We’re annoying ourselves to death.

On Saturday, I bought one of Dara’s CDs from her merch table [before she sold out… you can thank me later, winner] and I had her sign it for YOU. Well, one of you.

she signed it for you

And I’m giving it away today, and I’ll toss an autographed Speak Love in there too…. mainly because I have a lot of them and it will fit in the envelope and two things are better than one and etc.

It’s an amazing album from top to bottom. You will not believe how talented this gal is.

So drop a comment below and you’ll be entered to win! Intern Sarah will pick a winner Thursday morning and put this little package in the mail to you.

[PS- have you seen the other cool thing Intern Sarah is working on? Yeah, she rulez.]


  1. Heather
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 4:46 AM  |  reply

    I would love to hear the CD, sounds awesome!

  2. posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 5:02 AM  |  reply

    If you love it, it has to be good.

    (Now I’ll be singing Wanted: Dead or Alive all day because that’s the Wanted I thought of when I saw your blog title.)

  3. Nicole
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 6:10 AM  |  reply

    Definitely going to check out this song (& all her others!). Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Patti M
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM  |  reply

    I’d love to win this. I’d just need to decide whether to keep it or share it with my niecie!

  5. Emily
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:13 AM  |  reply

    Annie Downs is consistently checking out as a music recommending genius (hello, Elenowen?! Where were you all my life?), so I’m sure this album is awesome.

  6. Emily
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:59 AM  |  reply

    I love this song! Thanks so much for sharing the video. I’m going to share this with the girls I lead in church tonight.

  7. Susan
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM  |  reply

    Heard you on Pew Party Cast. Have been looking to get one if your books. Awesome music and a great book would be a great gift for my 12 year old daughter and I to share together.

  8. Heather Leyva
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:09 AM  |  reply

    Love her! Always Amazing to see the young girls reach out to others by worshipping the Beautiful Lord! I would love to win this for my daughter! ????

  9. posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM  |  reply

    Man, I would really love to own this album. I listened to all the song previews yesterday on Amazon, and was sad when I could only window shop (lol). But all the songs sound great! I wish I would’ve been able to catch her Livestream yesterday too, but such is life :/

  10. Jaclyn
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM  |  reply

    I would love to win the cd (and book too!). What a great giveaway!!

  11. Ann Rooks
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM  |  reply

    I would absolutely LOVE this!!!!!! I love her voice so much!!! My favorite love song to Him is “Yours Forever.” The words display such an intimate love! I sing it nearly every day in my worship and prayer time. She’s so talented!! Th

  12. Paisley Marie
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM  |  reply

    Absolutely love the song! Heard it on the radio one day and it has played in my heart every day since! Also love Speak Love, looking forward to starting it with my group of girls

  13. Kristen
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM  |  reply

    Oh boy!! What a great giveaway. You rock!

  14. Lauren Blair
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM  |  reply

    I loved Dara’s first CD, and I’m so excited about this one! Her music has ministered to me so much in what was the craziest year of my life!

  15. Angelica
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM  |  reply

    This is so amazing! I love how you are blessing girls left, right and centre! Its such a joy to keep up with your life on here. Stay busy and I’ll come visit you in summer!! πŸ™‚ love and hugs!

  16. posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM  |  reply

    I was totally waiting on this to be about Hunter Hayes πŸ™‚ I’d love to be entered! What a talent.

  17. Gretchen Nelson
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM  |  reply

    I have 4 daughters 10-15, and I’d love to win this for them. I already have your book, I bought it for them and read through it myself first! I LOVED it! So the autographed copy would be a gift to someone else because I think it’s a must read for girls!

  18. posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM  |  reply

    Always love new music! And I haven’t gotten a chance to pick up Speak Love yet, but loved Perfectly Unique!

  19. Nanette R
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM  |  reply

    Give-aways are fun!

  20. Leilani
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM  |  reply

    Hey! I would love to win this cd πŸ™‚ You are Wanted is such a great anthem and declaration that God wants us to know. We ARE wanted!

  21. Anna Cook
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM  |  reply

    The new song is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Anna Kate
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM  |  reply

    I love her!! The CD sounds awesome (:

  23. Bailey Cate
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM  |  reply

    Love new music!

  24. Deanna Cozart
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM  |  reply

    I “WANTED” this! See what I did there in Annie blogs style? Surely it means I’m a winner! Would love to hear the new album!

  25. Jocelyn
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM  |  reply

    Oooh, giveaways are so much fun and I love new music and books! Is this comment the appropriate time and place to admit I read annieblogs a ton and then go talk about it with my friends??! Probably not… but I just did πŸ™‚

  26. Angie
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM  |  reply

    I just ordered both Speak Love and Speak Love Revolution products from Amazon today for a teen girl retreat I am hosting here in Nashville. I would love to have an extra copy to give as a door prize. Maybe we could even convince you to drop by and give it out!!

  27. Sarah
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM  |  reply

    I would like to win this prize.

  28. posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM  |  reply

    YAY for giveaways! Love hearing about new music!

  29. Carrie K
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM  |  reply

    This sounds like an awesome package of wonderfulness πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Anne S.
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM  |  reply

    Voices like Dara’s should be broadcast publicly all. day. long. So good! Plus, I know I can quickly find another someone to give Speak Love. Great message in the song, great message in the book!

  31. Allison
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM  |  reply

    Unique voice!! AWESOME! !!

  32. Britni
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM  |  reply

    She sounds amazing!! Thanks for doing this giveaway : )

  33. Melinda
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM  |  reply

    I love new music!

    • posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM  |  reply

      You’re the winner, Melinda!! πŸ™‚ Email me your address and we’ll get the package in the mail to you ASAP! annieblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. Shelley
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:05 PM  |  reply

    Wonderful lyrics! Would love to gift this to my two teenage girls. I have your book on my wish list as well!

  35. Olivia Huber
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM  |  reply

    Wanted is literally my favorite song ever. Love it SO much. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  36. Katelin
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM  |  reply

    I love getting music recommendations…and a giveaway too, it just keeps getting better!

  37. Heidi
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM  |  reply

    Loved that song! Love finding new artists too! I’m about to have my first baby, a girl, and this is exactly what I want her to be know!! She is wanted and made exactly right!!!!

  38. Regan DuHadway
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM  |  reply

    Hey Annie,
    I am reading your book Perfectly Unique right now and am LOVING it. Thank you so much for writing about Jesus and his love for all of his children so that i can read it. I love your writing style it is HILARIOUS! Thanks.

  39. Amy Carpenter
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 9:51 PM  |  reply

    Love this song! And I’ve been looking for some new tunes. πŸ™‚ I’m sure the rest of the album is just as wonderful as you say!

  40. posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 9:53 PM  |  reply

    Intern Sarah – pick me!!! pick me!!!!

  41. posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 10:06 PM  |  reply

    I love that song and would love to win that CD!

  42. Mary Comstock
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 10:29 PM  |  reply

    Look! I’m a Comstock now. A Comstock that LOVES good, free music! And your authorship! Love you, Annie!

  43. Alena
    posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM  |  reply

    I first heard the song, “Wanted,” a few months ago and gosh, it just blew me away. There needs to be more songs like this. I haven’t heard her actual album, though, I’ll have to check it out on itunes. Thanks for sharing, Annie! πŸ™‚

  44. Amanda
    posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 5:47 AM  |  reply

    Absolutely LOVE this song. Would love to win the CD!

  45. Cindy P
    posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 6:27 AM  |  reply

    This is an amazing song. How lucky would I be to win this cd? YOU are amazing Annie Downs.

  46. posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM  |  reply

    I just came across your blog recently, and I’m loving it! I haven’t heard Dara’s song before now, and I’m encouraged right where I’m sitting. How perfectly lovely. And I would love a chance to read your book! πŸ™‚

  47. Merideth
    posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM  |  reply

    I’dlove to win the CD. I need some new music!

  48. posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM  |  reply

    Pick me! Pick me!!!

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