Anthony Evans Releases New Album, Co-Headlines The FerVent Tour With “War Room” Actress & Sister Priscilla Shirer!


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Recording Artist and Worship Leader Anthony Evans’ highly-anticipated new album Back To Life releases February 3, 2017 through Sherman James Productions. A collection of worship songs, this new album features NBC’s The Voice alumnus on 11 worship-themed tracks exploring authenticity, vulnerability, honesty and the way that the culmination of those three things brought him Back to Life. It marks Evans’ eighth solo studio album and will be available through all digital retailers and exclusively at Lifeway Christian Stores. Back To Life is available for pre-order on January 6, 2017.

back-to-life“Over the last year, God has given me one revelation after another through life experiences,” explained Evans, deciding on the ever so appropriate title Back To Life. “I decided to make Back To Life to share how what I’ve learned and what has been transforming in this chapter of my life.”

Back To Life features all-star producer Max Stark, esteemed vocal arranger Tim Davis (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Sam Smith, Mariah Carey), alongside a slew of background singers with credits spanning Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson and Jonny Lang. It includes personally penned selections and co-writes with Krissy Nordoff, Michael Neale (Your Great Name), Cindy Morgan, Martha Munizzi and Kirk Franklin. Sonically diverse, the album features standout songs including the title-track “Back To Life,” the spiritually-affirming battle cry “Believe,” the stirring “See You Again,” and the faith-anthem remake “Ever Be.”

“I don’t ever want to get up on a stage and be something that is not really me or who I am,” said Evans. “I’m hoping people hear how authenticity, vulnerability, and honesty have brought me back to life and that they are encouraged to do the same. I can’t wait for people to hear this side of my soul on the album and when I hit the road in 2017 on The FerVent Tour.”

The FerVent Tour, presented and produced by Jerry Shirer, Going Beyond Ministries and Evans own company Sherman James Productions is an evening of dynamic teaching from New York Times Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Lead Actress in the hit film “War Room” Priscilla Shirer and with worship by Evans. Registration for February 2017 dates opens on Friday, December 2.

“I’m looking so forward to The Fervent Tour in 2017,” said Shirer. “Having the privilege to share God’s Word and encourage God’s People along with my brother Anthony will be the highlight of my year.”

Back To Life Track List:

  1. See You Again
  2. Believe
  3. Incredible
  4. Ever Be
  5. With You
  6. Back to Life
  7. God of Breakthroughs
  8. Home
  9. Everything Changes
  10. Your Way

Bonus Track: Because of Your Prayers (Grandma’s Song)


The FerVent Tour Dates:

February 1 | Mesa, AZ | Hillsong Phoenix

February 2 | San Diego, CA | Cornerstone Church

February 3 | Costa Mesa, CA | Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

February 4 | Rocklin, CA | Destiny Church

March 23| Lynchburg, VA | Thomas Road Baptist Church

March 24 | Jacksonville, FL | TBA

March 25 | Palm Beach Gardens, FL| Christ Fellowship West Palm Beach

March 26 | Orlando, FL | Calvary Orlando

May 25 | Kansas City, MO | TBA

May 26 | Minneapolis, MN | TBA

May 27 | Chicago, IL | TBA

May 28 | Columbus, OH | TBA

June 22 | Brooklyn, NY | TBA

June 23 | Pittsburgh, PA | TBA

June 24 | Grand Rapids, MI | Grand Rapids First Assembly of God

June 25 | Indianapolis, IN | TBA

For more information on The FerVent Tour, visit:

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Memorial Events Celebrating the Life of Pioneering Journalist Gwen Ifill to be held at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Friday & Saturday


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I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was in the fifth grade. Now that I am a journalist, I am so thankful for those ahead of me who paved a path that I travel on today. Gwen Ifill, a fellow member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorprated and a pk, was the first black woman to moderate a vice-presidential debate in 2004 and host a national political talk show on television, Washington Week in Review now Washington Week, starting in 1999. In February, Ms. Ifill was part of the first female team to moderate a Democratic presidential debate. Sadly, on Monday, she died of cancer. Below is a video of CNN’s Don Lemon tearing up as talks about his admiration for Ms. Ifill whom he met at a National Association of Black Journalists convention.

Below are her funeral arrangements which were released by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill will be remembered at a pair of events this weekend at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Ifill, a Metropolitan member since 1989, passed away Monday at 61. She was the co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour and moderator of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, the longest-running primetime news and public affairs program on television. A lifelong AME, she is the sister of Presiding Elder Rev. Earle Ifill, president of the Connectional Presiding Elder’s Council, and Presiding Elder of the Atlanta East District-Atlanta North Georgia Conference of the AME Church’s Sixth Episcopal District.

Community Tributes: Friday, November 18, 2016 6 PM – 10 PM

Family, friends and colleagues will gather at Metropolitan AME Church for community tributes to Ifill. The Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Presiding Elder of the Potomac District, Washington Conference and a former pastor of Metropolitan, will preside over the tributes.

Service of Celebration: Saturday, November 19, 2016 11 AM

The Rt. Rev. William P. DeVeaux, retired AME Church Bishop and a former pastor of Metropolitan, will preside.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to establish a Memorial Scholarship fund at Metropolitan AME Church. Checks should be made payable to: Metropolitan AME Church, memo line: “In memory of Gwen Ifill.”  Mail to: Metropolitan A.M.E. Church 1518 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 or Rev. Earle Ifill,  P. O. Box 92485 Atlanta, GA 30314 Cards and messages of condolence may be sent to the address above.

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Why Dr. Ben Carson is Wrong for Defending Donald Trump’s ‘Locker Room Talk’…


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I have tried my best to not criticize Dr. Ben Carson because of his brilliance as a brain surgeon and his devout Christian faith. For years, he was heralded in the black community as an example of black history in our midst… I mean the man is the first doctor to have ever successfully separate conjoined twins! And the fact that he credits God for his abilities is just the message that is needed in America’s increasingly secular culture. But ever since this election cycle started a year or so ago, his statements have forced me to question his brilliance and his devout Christian faith. I won’t belabor you with all of the examples of his blunders. A quick Google search will prove my statement. But this latest one yesterday has got me wondering if the man doesn’t need to have a “little talk with Jesus” because he is sounding “insane in the membrane!”

In an interview with Brianna Keilar on CNN yesterday, Dr. Carson said that if Keilar had more exposure to “locker room talk” like Donald Trump’s rapey rhetoric as Dr. Carson apparently has, she would see that his comments weren’t all that. Watch the video below for yourself…

I guess Dr. Carson is one of the “The African-Americans” that Donald Trump frequently refers to in his speeches as Dr. Carson did, indeed, grow up in the inner city where all of “The African-Americans” live according to Donald Trump. Carson said, “As I was growing up, people were always trying to talk about their sexual conquests, and trying to make themselves appear, you know, like the Don, you know, Casanova.” And then he challenged her as a journalist to ignore those words and get back to covering the real issues of the campaign…

As a Christian and as a journalist/author, words are of the utmost importance…Below are just three Bible verses (and there are many more) that underscore the importance of words…

“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.” Matthew 15:18 ESV

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3 ESV

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” Matthew 12:36 ESV

Now, I know that Donald Trump’s alleged ‘locker room talk’ is from 2005, but his words over the past year alone (Another Google moment …Here are three examples of searches – ‘Donald Trump Mexicans,’ Donald Trump tweets’ ‘Donald Trump Alicia Machado’ ) point to the heart of this man…And furthermore, Dr. Ben Carson, why do you believe that Donald Trump can be trusted to uphold the values of the Republican party or any values whatsoever when his actions and words demonstrate that he is willing to change his platform whenever it suits him …I mean he started off as Democrat for goodness sake and continues to evolve as the polls fluctuate…

If you want to vote for him, fine, but please don’t defend his words or encourage people to not consider his words because words (like black lives I might add) matter…

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