Growing up a PK (preacher's kid) generally means a lot of time spent in church and always being on your best behavior. For Anthony Evans, whose dad is the senior pastor of a mega-church in Dallas, growing up Anthony Jr. gave him much more than a set of rules to follow. It gave him a strong foundation of who he is both in church and in life.
A worship leader, he was an unknown to mainstream audiences until a stint on The Voice Season 2 under the coaching of Christina Aguilera introduced him to the world. Though he lost his battle round against Jesse Campbell, he left the show with everyone knowing his name.
So what does a guy with that much talent do after leaving a show like The Voice? For Anthony, it would have been both easy and comfortable to go back to the church circuit. He already had a catalog and a large fan base and getting invited to perform was not a problem. However, a question that the supervising director of casting for NBC kept ringing in his head. "Why are you 30 years old and I’ve never heard of you?" For Evans, it wasn't about chasing more fame - it was about taking his God-given gift outside of the safety of the 4 walls of the church.
As he pondered just how to do that, a phone call provided the starting point. Los Angeles producer Adam Anders asked him to come back to L.A. for a few months to record guide vocals for CeeLo Green. A three month gig turned into two years with Anders and Evans found himself working with the likes of powerhouses like Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. Eventually, The Voice called again, this time to offer him a job as a talent producer.
Splitting his time between Dallas and L.A., Anthony really started to see the disconnect between the "church folk" and the "non-churched." He knew that he had to create a project that spoke to both and Real Life / Real Worship was born. Released in April of this year, it is gaining fans from both inside and outside of the church. In a press release, Evans talked about the songs, saying, 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.