Darrell Evans (musician)

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Darrell Evans
Birth name Darrell Patton Evans
Born (1968-10-06) October 6, 1968 (age 48)
San Francisco, California
Origin Austin, Texas
Genres Worship, Christian pop, Christian rock
Occupation(s) Musician, worship leader
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1997–present
Labels Hosanna!, Integrity, Vertical, Dream

Darrell Patton Evans[1] (born October 6, 1968)[2] is an evangelical Christian musician and songwriter, known primarily for his contributions to contemporary Christian worship. Influenced by the music of Bruce Springsteen and U2, his style of music is noted for its extensive use of free form composition, with several of his songs having been written spontaneously during concerts and worship times. Besides his music writing, he is an accomplished guitar player and singer.

Bio[edit]

He was born in San Francisco, California,[3] into a military family, where they moved frequently around the western United States and Europe.[4] Evans was the oldest child of a practicing Catholic couple.[4] He started praising God, even before accepting his salvation at a Leon Patillo concert, during 1980 at eleven years old.[4] He began worship leading at fourteen years old.[5]

He was a student of LIFE Bible College in San Dimas, California, before relocating to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was a worship leader at Vineyard Church, while he learned evangelism at Oral Roberts University.[6] He went to Reno, Nevada, after leaving Oral Roberts, where he took a worship leader position with University Family Fellowship, before again going back to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to lead worship at Open Bible Fellowship Church.[6]

Family[edit]

Evans has five children: two daughters, Leah and Makenzie, and three sons, Connor, Zachary and Grayson. "They are my heart and world. My kids have changed my life for the better. I want to be the Godly father and leader that they need," Darrell said about his children.[7][8]

Music and Ministry[edit]

Evans started honing his songwriting at fourteen years-old, eventually becoming known as the writer of songs like "Trading My Sorrows", "Let the River Flow", "Your Love Is Extravagant", "Freedom", and "Fields of Grace." He is considered by many to be a pioneer in the modern worship music movement.[9]

Evans's ministry started as a teenager in Olympia, WA, playing spiritual music for classmates in his parents' home. He has served as a worship pastor for churches in Washington, California, Oklahoma and Texas.

For the past 17 years Darrell has traveled the world alone and with the band, combining music with worship, preaching, and prayer.

Darrell's projects "Let the River Flow" and "Freedom" both garnered Dove award nominations and influenced a new wave of congregational worship. His newest project, "Nothing Less Than Everything", wraps his joy, passion and experience in a fresh and powerful sound. In Darrell's words, "It's my prayer that the Lord will use these songs to help people connect with Jesus in a life-changing way".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Release Date
Let the River Flow 1997
You Are I AM 1998
Freedom 1998
All I Want Is You 2002
Trading My Sorrows: The Best of Darrell Evans 2002
Consuming Fire 2004
Uncharted Waters 2005
Nothing Less than Everything 2008
Shade 2010
Darrell Evans Live/Acoustic 2010
Awesome God Is He 2013

Compilations[edit]

Album Title Release Date Songs
Our Heart 1998 Whom Shall I Fear
Only God for Me 1999 Trading My Sorrows
B.C./A.D.: Who Split Time? 1999 Redeemer, Savior, Friend (with Chris Springer)
Millennium Worship 1999 Trading My Sorrows
Redeemer, Savior, Friend (with Chris Springer)
Whom Shall I Fear
Let the River Flow
The Smithton Outpouring 1999 Undignified
Redeemer, Savior, Friend (with Chris Springer)
Rock of Refuge: Acoustic Worship 2000 Your Love is Extravagant
Lighthouse Worship: Pray, Care, Share 2000 Your Love is Extravagant
Dove Award Worship: The Best of the '90s 2000 We Will Embrace Your Move
I Could Sing of Your Love Forever 2000 Trading My Sorrows
More Than Gold 2000 Trading My Sorrows
Whom Shall I Fear
Millennium Worship 2 2001 Undignified
Your Love is Extravagant
Open the Eyes of My Heart, Vol. 1 2001 Trading My Sorrows
So Good To Me
Walk Into The Room
Absolute Worship 2004 All We Want is You
ORU Worship - Extraordinary 2006 Worthy
To The Lord
I Am Free (cover)
The Best of Revival Worship 2006 The Spirit of Revival
We Will Embrace Your Move

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. "TRADING MY SORROWS Work ID No. 885877831 ISWC No. T9133650881 IPI No. 338037076". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2016.  TRADING MY SORROWS Work ID No. 885877831 ISWC No. T9133650881 IPI No. 338037076
  2. ^ Darrell Evans (@darrellevans) (October 6, 2008). "Today is my 40th birthday. Still feel like 28.". Twitter. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ California Birth Index. "Darrell P Evans, Born 10/06/1968 in California". California Birth Index. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Crocker, Jill (December 1, 1997). "Darrell Evans: A worship leader with a powerful vision". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Caldwell, Alex (August 19, 2013). "Darrell Evans : Interview". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Kittle, Ashleigh. "Darrell Evans : Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ Evans, Darrell (October 6, 2008). "Bio". Darrell Evans. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ Lusk, Caroline (September 29, 2013). "Darrell Evans: The Full Inteview". CCM Magazine. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ Rimmer, Mike (December 1, 1999). "Darrell Evans: The US worship leader making his UK debut". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 

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