A move to LA gives Anthony a chance to let his hair down!
Posted April 07, 2014
By DwayneLacy_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Anthony Evans has a golden tenor voice that has been pretty well-known in the CCM and even Gospel community. Yes, people know him as the son of Dr. Tony Evans, and others first heard him with Kirk Franklin. He's released several albums and traveled extensively throughout churches and church events. Anthony Evans could definitely be called a "church boy".
However his life changed when he appeared on The Voice and he had the privilege of being coached by Christiana Aguilera. Although he did not win, his experience on The Voice (along with moving from Dallas to Los Angeles) opened Anthony's eyes to a different "world" of people. This was a major influence on his new album, Real Life/Real Worship. He hooks up with 22-year-old producer Max Stark, who produces the whole album. This young man can get ready to get more calls after the job that he does on this album.
"All Things New" is spirited song of praise with high-energy horns and some serious "sangin" from Anthony. I wouldn't be surprised if this song ends up on the song-list for Sunday and mid-week praise and worship. Keeping the energy going is "Never Fail," which helps to continue this '70s/'80s music revival. Think "Crush On You" by the Jets and '80s songs by Cameo and Midnight Star. The song reaches a high when he gets to the bridge singing, "He defeated all of our enemies/He put offense underneath our feet/He's conquered death/and given us victory."
Merging worship and our real life issues is not something that is often heard on one album. There are a few like Fred Hammond who have definitely gone down this little-traveled road. Anthony does this with a song like "Somebody to Call Home." He expresses his deep desire to have a wife and family that would bring a greater satisfaction for his life. This song has the words, great singing, key piano chords and subtle percussion that would take Adult Contemporary and Pop radio by storm. Power ballad, "What Could Have Been" has Anthony talking of taking a chance on a relationship that could be a beautiful thing if pursued (while letting go of fear).
Anthony joins forces with Martha Munizzi and her daughter Danielle (19 years old... watch out for her) to pen and arrange "Ask." It is basically Matthew 7:7 put to music and it features soulful yet dazzling background vocals and will draw you in from start to finish. "Mercy Tree" is a power song for this Lent and Easter Season. The verses are more smooth with strings melded throughout. He sings of the sacrifice on the cross. Then it builds to Anthony belting out powerful vocals as he and the background singers sing of how Jesus rises from the grave. What a wonderful reminder!
The production work done by Stark is highlighted by the techno/electronica jam, "I Found You." So fitting for the people in LA (or anyone for that matter) to let the top down and just pump their fists and drive down the highway. Please don't wreck! PLEASE!!!
This move to LA was such a breath of fresh air for Anthony Evans and a treat for his fans. He has gotten better and more versatile. Therefore he smashes with Real Life/Real Worship!
Song to Download Now:
"Mercy Tree" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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