Worship leader uses voice for God's glory in singing competition, reality showcomment (0)
April 13, 2012
By Leann Callaway
Although contemporary Christian singer Anthony Evans did not advance to the final round of NBC’s reality show “The Voice,” this experience provided a unique opportunity to point people to the hope and truth of the gospel while on a national stage.
As a full-time worship leader and the son of Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas, Evans remained steadfast in his desire to use this platform to keep the spotlight brightly shining on Christ.
Evans was initially encouraged to audition for the show by fellow Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp. At first Evans didn't give it much thought, but after more encouragement, he decided that he would look at it as a “new, exciting, challenging and fun experience.”
However, as God was working, the audition process turned out to be much more than expected — as millions of viewers watched him perform in the show’s “battle round.”
“This experience has allowed me to be able to meet so many people that I never would have gotten to know otherwise and to build relationships with them,” Evans said.
“I’ve learned so much through this experience, especially about the importance of stepping outside of my comfort zone, thinking outside of the box and about making the most of every situation that I’m presented with. There are so many unexpected ways that God works through the opportunities that He presents us with each day. We have to be willing to walk through those open doors to see where He is leading and what might be ahead.”
Since appearing on the show, Evans has been inundated with supportive messages and requests for his new album, “Home.”
“The stories behind the songs on this album and what’s kind of the common theme behind this record is being genuine to who you are and not compromising your beliefs,” Evans said. “Home is where I can just be myself and reconnect with my roots.
“Before I went on the show, my dad reminded me about the importance of being true to myself, standing on a firm foundation and not comprising my beliefs. Even Christina Aguilera, one of the celebrity judges who I got to work with on the show, gave me similar advice. Although we come from different backgrounds, she told me to stand up for what I believe in and just to be myself. I never expected that God would put me on a reality TV show, but I am glad that I was able to use this as a way to honor Him and stay true to my beliefs because of Him.”