For singer/songwriter/worship leader Anthony Evans, a decade in music meant his calendar was full with dates at churches, concerts, and major conferences. But his world really turned upside down when he appeared on Season 2 of the hit NBC singing competition The Voice.  Picked by Christina Aguilera to join her team, Evans’ run on the show was highlighted by a “battle round” performance that many still view as one of the greatest vocal moments of the series.  As he advanced on the show, supervising director of casting for NBC asked him, “Why are you 30 years old and I’ve never heard of you?”  The question resonated with Evans in a way that evoked not pride, but humility. “That was the first time I’ve had somebody ‘broader’ than Christian music say something that made me think, Anthony, your ability was not just made for inside the four walls of a church.”

As it turns out, The Voice was just the beginning. After his run on the show ended, he got a call from L.A. producer Adam Anders asking him to come back to Los Angeles for a few months to record guide vocals for CeeLo Green. Three months turned into two years as Evans worked with the likes of Celine Dion and Mariah Carey and was eventually hired to return to The Voice as a talent producer. As he split time between his hometown of Dallas and Los Angeles, Evans realized the limitations in his capacity to connect with people outside of the church. 

“L.A. is gritty. My friends there might say, ‘What are you talking about when you say, ‘Lamb that was slain’? You sound like you’re in a cult.’” This new world instilled in Evans two important things: a desire to communicate more effectively with a broader audience, and a realization that there is a vast common ground of shared experiences to catalyze that communication. 

Drawing from these experiences, Evans’ newest album, Real Life/Real Worship emerges from the truth that genuine worship can often be better understood through genuine life experiences. “Being out in L.A. has made me think more progressively. I want to make sure I’m not compromising my message or my faith, but I also want to speak in terms that connect with people who don’t necessarily live in a church. 

Half this record is about real life, things everyone goes through, Christian or not. And sometimes it takes that real life to understand the meaning of real worship.” 

One surprising thing Evans found in L.A. was that truth can come from unconventional and unexpected sources. “You never know what could open up your eyes” is the opening declaration of “I Found You,” a song dedicated to a group of new friends who have shown Evans grace, compassion, and, yes, sometimes convincing truth. “One in particular is the polar opposite of me – I am not sure he would feel comfortable going to church– but we would have conversations, and I promise you, he would be speaking truth to me like we were at church. This song is about people who have, in unconventional ways, pointed me to God.“ 

The song “Somebody to Call Home” was another moment of reflection for Evans, realizing that he’s spent 10 years working on a career, but he hasn’t worked on building a home. “That is me being completely emo! It’s my honest, real life emotions when it comes to having my own family. At the end of your life, you can’t call a bunch of records ‘home’.” 

The honesty and passion continue in “What Could Have Been,” a song about finally determining to voice the words you’ve always been afraid to say to someone. When fear keeps a heart hidden, and words of love are never spoken, the feeling of regret that follows is a pain known by so many.

For Christians, real life begets real worship when we live that life comprehending that God will never fail us, and that He is greater than our circumstances. When God expanded Anthony Evans’ world by 1,200 miles and infinitely more emotions and experiences, He knew that worship would follow. The result is a record that Evans is more eager to share with the world than any he’s made before. And this time around, that world is a whole lot bigger.

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