11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anthony Evans’ career as a gospel artist had already been on the rise when he grabbed the attention of Christina Aguilera on Season 2 of The Voice. Though he didn’t take top honors on that show, Real Life/Real Worship finds him continuing to advance as a singer and worship leader. Teaming up with 22-year-old producer Max Stark and cowriting with such Christian music notables as Martha Munizzi, Cindy Morgan, and Krissy Nordhoff, Evans frames his message of hope and redemption in ways that reach out to the unchurched as well as committed believers. The insistent synthesizers of “Never Fail” and the exuberant clap-along beat of “Greater Is He” help lift the album beyond the comfort zone of typical gospel into more progressive pop realms. “Something Beautiful” and “I Found You” offer soaring praise to pulsating techno grooves. More traditional are the hymn-like testimonies “Ask” (based on Matthew 7:7) and “Mercy Tree” (a heartfelt account of the Crucifixion). Throughout, Evans’ supple vocals combine earthly passion with exalted faith, making this album ripe for crossover success.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anthony Evans’ career as a gospel artist had already been on the rise when he grabbed the attention of Christina Aguilera on Season 2 of The Voice. Though he didn’t take top honors on that show, Real Life/Real Worship finds him continuing to advance as a singer and worship leader. Teaming up with 22-year-old producer Max Stark and cowriting with such Christian music notables as Martha Munizzi, Cindy Morgan, and Krissy Nordhoff, Evans frames his message of hope and redemption in ways that reach out to the unchurched as well as committed believers. The insistent synthesizers of “Never Fail” and the exuberant clap-along beat of “Greater Is He” help lift the album beyond the comfort zone of typical gospel into more progressive pop realms. “Something Beautiful” and “I Found You” offer soaring praise to pulsating techno grooves. More traditional are the hymn-like testimonies “Ask” (based on Matthew 7:7) and “Mercy Tree” (a heartfelt account of the Crucifixion). Throughout, Evans’ supple vocals combine earthly passion with exalted faith, making this album ripe for crossover success.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

109 Ratings

For real though

Danky_Kang,

This album's a beast
It's not Home
But it doesn't have to be

Another Fantastic Album

Rosetender456,

Anthony is a wonderfully God-blessed artist!!! A beautiful worship album to add to any music collection.

About Anthony Evans

The son of Dr. Tony Evans -- founder and pastor of Dallas, Texas' Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, as well as a high-profile radio and television host -- Anthony Evans started his career in Christian music in 2001, as a background singer for Kirk Franklin. After a few years with Franklin, Evans established his solo career, beginning with the 2004 album Even More, released on the INO label through Epic. A promising debut, it peaked at number 17 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart. Additional albums followed for INO, Integrity, EMI Gospel, and Fair Trade. Evans broadened his reach in early 2012, when he competed on The Voice during the talent competition's second season. While he didn't make it past the sixth episode, his performances of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" introduced him to a new audience and opened doors to secular music. He also continued to work on The Voice as an audition producer. His sixth proper studio album, Real Life/Real Worship, followed in April 2014 and was his most successful release. Produced entirely by Max Stark, the music was stylistically broad, while the lyrics remained connected to those of Evans' previous releases. It incorporated Evans' CCM and contemporary gospel flavors, as well as straightforward rock and EDM-laced dance-pop. It debuted at number 60 on the Billboard 200. In 2017 Evans released his much anticipated seventh studio LP, Back to Life. Working once again with Max Stark, the ten-track set included the singles "Believe," "See You Again," "Ever Be," and the stirring title cut. ~ Andy Kellman

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