Gospel star Anthony Evans ventures beyond faith with his new album 'Everything Else'
Evans says he wants to cover real-life issues from the perspective of someone with faith, as opposed to being someone who just talks about faith
Having already graced the stage at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this year, Anthony Evans is now back with his new album 'Everything Else'. This will be his ninth studio album and fifth one as an independent artist. In this album, Evans takes a departure from last years' #1 Billboard Gospel Album 'Back to Life.'
In 2012, he took part in 'The Voice;' and since then has also worked with famous singers like Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, Kanye West, and 2Chainz, as well as his recently released book 'Unexpected Places: Thoughts on God, Faith, and Finding Your Voice.'
In an interview with Meaww, Evans shed some light on what one can expect from his new album and how it delves into topics outside of the traditional messages of faith and worship.
Starting off by talking about his new album 'Everything Else', Evans says he drew inspiration from his own life experiences and always wanted to continue to grow his sound. A push from both Christina Aguilera and Jewel also helped him expand his musical horizons.
His album unequivocally draws in the masses with his soaring vocals and personally-penned songs that reflect his musical journey. Stating that he was inspired to do something different than what he had before, he says, "I hope that the listeners hear the authenticity because we all in our journeys face pain and broken hearts in different scenarios that lead us to become better people who handle them right."
Creating an album just a year after his gospel album 'Back to Life' hit #1 on Billboard Gospel Album charts, he says that it is an honor and he feels great because it was such a success.
"It feels really great, having a no 1 Billboard album is an honor. Not knowing how this album is going to do because it is so different, I still feel very fulfilled in doing this album. Because I know I was supposed to do it and speak honestly from my heart and so I feel very happy doing this album. I feel successful because I did what I know I was supposed to do and relate to my music."
He says that this album was his greatest exercise because it helped him learn a lot. "This album is my greatest exercise in vulnerability and transparency that I had in my career. That is what stands out most in this album."
Some people in the Church get nervous when Christian artists delve into topics outside of the traditional messages of faith and worship. Talking about the similar challenges he faced and how he dealt with it, he revealed that he did not make this album for anyone's approval and is not trying to meet the church audience's expectations.
He shared that he knew he was supposed to do this album because it also talks about his faith in music. "I felt so consumed with what people would think about me if I did anything outside the box. That kind of approval from people is what kept me away from what I know I was supposed to do. So how I handle it is by doing it in a way where I don't need their approval. I'm not doing it for anyone's approval," he continues.
"I am not trying to meet the church audience, their expectation of me is just about me talking about my faith in music. I believe you can talk about real life issues with music, someone who has faith. And I think that is what I am doing in this album, I am covering the real-life issues from the perspective of someone with faith, as opposed to someone who just talks about faith."
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Finally, talking about the artists he would like to collaborate with in the future, he says that he would like to first collab with his friend who is an upcoming singer and songwriter, who he loves as a person offstage as well. "She is an amazing singer and writer. She is an upcoming artist. I would love to collab with her because I love her as a person even off stage. Musically, I love her but as a person I also love her."
And production-wise he says that he would love to "collaborate with the same team that works with artists like Sam Smith and Adele. Those are some of the producers I would love to work with because I believe I emote and write from the same perspective that they do."