Singer/songwriter Anthony Evans may not have won Season 2 of The Voice, but he came out a winner nonetheless.
“I have been singing Christian music for 10 years, but in that two-minute battle round when 17 million people are hearing you sing, that’s career changing,” Evans says in a recent telephone interview.
After his elimination, Evans found himself in the recording studio with The Voice‘s CeeLo Green and on Celine Dion’s latest record. He even worked with Glee‘s Darrin Criss.
And while he was not named ‘The Voice’, he’s now helping the show find future contestants.
“Now I’m working for The Voice as a Talent Producer,” says Evans. “We just finished Season 7 and are going out on the road for Season 8. Except now I’m on the other side of the table. At auditions, people will often take a double take, ‘Aren’t you that guy who was on The Voice?'”
He’s also the guy who sparked a significant change to the show’s format. After Evans’ early loss in the battle rounds, the show instituted the “steal” in Season 3, allowing another judge to pick up an ousted, but worthy, contestant.
But don’t assume Evans has left his role as a praise and worship leader. His latest release, Real Life, Real Worship, out on April 8, is ample testimony that Evans’ heart still seeks God.
Real Life, Real Worship exposes the triumphs and adversities Evans himself has experienced on his journey of faith. Evans wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album, many with worship leader Martha Munizzi (“Say the Name”).
“I wanted these songs to be from my heart,” says Evans. “I didn’t want to sing someone else’s songs. I’m telling my story here.”
Evans has wrapped his story in a musical array that reflects his wide-ranging career. There’s the pop influence from time with Truth and a short stint with Avalon. There’s the R & B element, honed from working with Kirk Franklin. And, there’s the worship Evans grew up with.
“Real worship to me means being authentic, no pretense, coming to God as you are, stripped down,” says Evans. “You’re standing in the reality of who you are and waiting to see what God can do with that.”
Evans will be touring in support of Real Life, Real Worship. To see and hear what God has done with Evans, check his website for upcoming dates.