Anthony Evans: A Different Kind of Voice
NBC's The Voice has become one of the top reality TV shows on television and singer Anthony Evans found a place on one of it's four teams. Read what he has to say about the show, his coach, and his beliefs!
BY: Stephen Russ
I very much think so. I feel like it’s because you’re experiencing something so unique, and you’re getting to share it locked up together, it creates a very interesting bond that it’s hard to put into words honestly.
That’s interesting because so much reality TV is cutthroat, and even this show is a competition. What do you think the show does that creates that unity?
The Voice is really big on treating the artist like an artist. They even call us that on the show, they don’t treat us like “contestants” or “reality stars” where they are trying to create conflict and trying to create gimmicks to make the ratings go up. They’re like, “we’re going to get ratings from you guys being killer musicians, that and these chairs spinning around.” That’s where it comes from more so than stirring us up to create ratings. They don’t make fun of the contestants, they don’t do things that sometimes grab ratings but degrade people. They will not do it. They won’t build their show on that and I feel like that’s coming from the top down. That filters into everybody who is a part of the show.
Given how the show connects its contestants, has there been a situation where your faith has helped you create a relationship with someone?
For sure, there’s a young lady on the show, love her to death, we just had some time to sit and talk and I heard her story and it was a very interesting one. Long story short, she swore off church when she was 13. Never going again, that’s it, done. So now she’s 24, we talked about life a lot of times and I’ve just gotten to love on her and she’s shown me that same love. On one of our breaks I had the opportunity to go lead worship at the Brooklyn Tabernacle and I look out 10 rows back and I just laughed to myself because there she was. She said “If my parents knew that I was in this church all these years later they would flip out.” We actually told her mom and she screamed because her daughter was never going to church again.
But the dynamic wasn’t me showing up and throwing my faith down her throat, it was me loving on her, listening to her, and that’s why she came in and that’s why we enjoyed that moment. It was great, I mean she’s the kind of girl where I had to go “Okay – now we’re going to go in there in this meeting room with the pastors and stuff and you cannot cuss in here” *laughs* I mean she’s that kind of girl, I love the dynamic. To me that’s what faith, that’s what loving people is about - bringing people into our world who would never be there. That’s what I’m loving about this show because I don’t have those opportunities in “our” environment you know what I mean? I’m a worship leader, always on the stage where the audience is agreeing with me. They don’t look at me and go “I swore off church when I was 13.” I’m getting to experience that now and it’s coming to life.
What’s the biggest difference between being on stage with The Voice and leading worship?
The biggest difference is that with my career I am not trying to entertain and impress people with my vocals, that’s not my first thought. My first thought in worship leading is to connect people to the lyric and try to get them to sing with me, which a lot of times means I cannot sing crazy. Christina on the other hand, her thing is “I’m better than everybody,” she doesn’t say that but she is, it’s like you can’t sing along because she’s too good! *laughs* So what I’m having to do here is change my dynamic, when I’m interacting with Christina it’s a way different thing because she wants me to come with everything that I have. Literally I’ve had to turn that off in order to connect with the audience in the church. But The Voice is like “turn it on or you’re going home!” *laughs* That’s the major difference.