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Journeying Toward God’s Plan For You

UNEXPECTED PLACES
Anthony Evans, son of mega church pastor Tony Evans, grew up in a loving, supportive family. But Anthony struggled to find his place in life. His father stepped in to help him connect the dots by working with Liberty University’s Chancellor, Dr. Jerry Falwell and signing his son up to sing with the school’s renown music group, “Truth.” Anthony explains, “I made my trek to Lynchburg and immediately entered a rigorous rehearsal schedule. We wore matching suits! Seventeen years old and wearing matching suits for a Christian college singing group, man. That was every bit as cool as it sounds.” He continues, “They would announce me from the stage as ‘Tony Evan’s son!’ It pushed a raw nerve in me. My name is his name. Performance equals acceptance. The load of expectations I can never fulfill. That was my whole life—practice, performance, putting on the show. I was quickly overwhelmed.”

In his book, Anthony candidly shares the up’s and down’s that he faced, including his secret struggle with depression and doubt. Anthony explains, “Secrets makes us sick… Sometimes, especially for Christians, there’s a lot of pressure to act like you’re doing better than you really are.” As he struggled to pretend that he was okay while traveling and singing, he recalls, “I learned to associate ministry with acting like everything is fine while running myself into the ground.” It wasn’t until Anthony damaged his vocal chords and was ordered not to speak or sing for over a month, that he learned about the importance of rest. “In fact, this news from Dr. Gupta came right before I received this book deal. As I work on this book, I find myself in an unexpected place, totally shut down and stuck on the sidelines… Truly, the Lord works in mysterious ways.”

Anthony also opens up about a failed engagement, being single at 40, and shares that even though his life may not have turned out as planned, he is learning to be thankful wherever God places him. Anthony is transparent about his faults and how God is helping him mature and grow. He explains, “The beauty of it is, every day is another chance to start again. It’s a principle God has laid on my heart to share from every stage and in every opportunity, He gives me to tell my story. Even when we are faithless, God is faithful.”

On July 24, 2018 Anthony’s family endured heartbreak when his cousin, Wynter Evans Pitts, died of a heart attack at the age of 38. She leaves behind a husband and four daughters—one of which is actress Alena Pitts who starred in the award-winning movie, “War Room.”

FROM CHURCH TO HOLLYWOOD
Anthony Evans became a Christian when he was in 2nd grade. However, it wasn’t until he went away for school that he really discovered God for himself and committed his life. Anthony’s future was uncertain but he saw himself possibly becoming a veterinarian. That was when his father stepped in and made him join the music group at Liberty University and over time, Anthony realized that his voice was a gift. He started his musical career leading worship for churches and Christian conferences. Anthony’s musical excellence quickly led to multiple albums and him being sought after for different Christian music formats. He built a strong fan base and packed out his schedule with events. Everything was simple in his world, until he decided to audition for the reality television show “The Voice.” Anthony became a contestant on season 2 in 2012 and was mentored by Christina Aguilera. One of the supervising directors of casting who was shocked by his talent asked him, “Why are you 30 years old and I’ve never heard of you?” That question struck a cord deep inside Anthony. He said, “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 4 walls of the Church.”

Anthony didn’t make it into the later rounds but something more significant happened within him; his world was expanded. Shortly after his appearance on “The Voice” he received a call from a producer asking him to come back to L.A. to help record guide vocals for CeeLo Green. Anthony took the opportunity and those couple of months led to years of working with high profile artists. He was later hired by “The Voice” as a talent producer to help cast new singers for the show. Anthony found himself split between the two worlds of Hollywood and the Church. He has continued to lead worship for conferences while also continuing to work in Hollywood. Having lived in the confines of the Church for so long, Anthony quickly became aware of his inability to connect and communicate his faith with people outside of the Church. He learned that loving and listening to people who are different from you can actually lead to them learning about Christ and that truth can come from unexpected sources.

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Author of: “Unexpected Places” (W Publishing, 2018)

Founder & CEO, Sherman James Productions/Anthony Evans Entertainment

Former contestant (Season 2) and current talent producer for NBC’s “The Voice”

Son of Pastor Tony Evans

Worship leader

Singer-Songwriter

8 solo projects, latest: Something Better

Graduate of Liberty University

Acted in movie, “Caged No More"

Backup singer for musical artists like Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Sam Smith, CeeLo Green and more

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