Anthony Evans, 33-year-old son of megachurch pastor Dr. Tony Evans, recently responded to critics who feel he did not showcase his Christian roots on the vocal competition "The Voice" before he was eliminated in March.
Evans was a member of judge Christina Aguilera's team, where he was pitted against another gospel artist who bested him, Jesse Campbell. However, some critics believed Evans should be continuing his own gospel career instead of participating in the show where he did not show his own Christian roots.
In an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, Evans said critics should understand that he is able to extend his gospel music to people who discovered him on "The Voice."
"If they did know the big picture, they would not be complaining about me being on that show," Evans said.
The singer explained that contestants had limited options in the music they chose to perform on the singing competition. However, the vocalist said he is able to expand his own options after being in the competition and moving from Tennessee to California.
"This week I'm writing with one of the guys from One Republic, and that connection came because of 'The Voice.' It has brought me new, fresh ideas. Lyrically, people will hear the same message," Evans said. "Sonically, people will hear things that are a little fresher sounding, probably more creative because L.A. isn't Nashville, so it's not a bunch of people doing the same kind of music. I'd be the odd-man-out here doing Christian music."
Evans explained where he is trying to take his career and how "The Voice" gave him an opportunity to do it.
"I'm trying to expand my horizons musically so that the next record I write is different and fresh," Evans told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "That show has created a platform for me that I never could have created for myself and it did by me being on TV for what felt like five minutes."