Christian artist Anthony Evans is no stranger to the spotlight. The son of pastor and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Tony Evans is also brother to a handful of famous siblings, including speaker, actress and writer Priscilla Shirer, worship leader and writer Chrystal Evans Hurst and former NFL player Jonathan Evans.
Evans’ own journey in the spotlight has included six albums, a stint on season two of NBC’s “The Voice,” and the launch of his own production company, Sherman James, which is named after his two grandfathers. On his latest album, “Back to Life,” released earlier this year, Evans opened up about the darker seasons of his life and how he learned that sharing—instead of hiding—the hard times can be a powerful avenue for ministry. We caught up with him to learn more, plus got the details on growing up in a famous family and his next projects.
Did you always want to sing?
I did not. As a kid, I loved being outside and worked at a ranch with horses, so I wanted to go into animal science and be a large animal vet. My life was about horses and the outdoors. Singing was a random, last-minute thing that happened when I was 18. My dad noticed I had what he called a gift for singing, so he put in a call in to Jerry Falwell at Liberty University. Jerry trusted my dad and told him to send me there so he could put me in a group called Sounds of Liberty that performs for the school. Abruptly I was put into this world of traveling and singing, and none of that was exciting to me because I didn’t want to be a singer. However, I like to say that my feelings followed my feet, and a passion developed over time.
You’ve dabbled in multiple genres of music, so how did you decide to make your most recent project a worship album?
It’s been a process of pursuing peace when it comes to making music and trusting the people around me to [help me] develop an excellent reputation. Initially I tried to change my style of music because of pressure from industry executives, but that was not fun at all. My growth and the development of my sound happened at the same time as I was releasing albums. I learned how to connect with audiences and be true to myself. Now my music matches my audience—they look like my music sounds. It’s a mixed audience, and that’s what heaven is going to look like.
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