Evie (singer)

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Birth name Evelyn Tornquist
Also known as Evie Karlsson
Born (1956-03-29) March 29, 1956 (age 61)
Rahway, New Jersey
Genres Contemporary Christian music
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1970s, 1980s
Website eviemusic.org

Evelyn Tornquist Karlsson (born Evelyn Tornquist on March 29, 1956[1][2]), mononymously known as Evie, is a contemporary Christian music singer who was known in the late 1970s and early 1980s for songs such as "Mirror", "Step into the Sunshine" and "Four Foot Eleven".[3]

Born in the United States to Norwegian immigrants, Evie began her singing career as a young teenager while visiting her parents' homeland.[4] She released her English language debut album at 16 in 1972,[5] and went on to release more than 30 albums, including several in various Scandinavian languages.[4] Evie was recognized as the Dove Award recipient of Female Vocalist of the Year for 1977 and 1978.[6] She married Swedish pastor and musician Pelle Karlsson in 1979 and retired from performing music in 1981 to pursue other avenues of ministry, such as Sky Angel.[7] Evie later became a mentor to Christian musician Rebecca St. James,[5] joining her for an event series geared toward helping girls and women apply biblical principles in the 21st century.[8]

Evie was officially inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on February 22, 2005,[4] and was one of the inaugural inductees to the Christian Music Hall of Fame.[9]

Three of her albums were nominated for Grammy Award for best Contemporary Gospel performance: Mirror (1978), Come On, Ring Those Bells (1979), Never the Same (1980).


  • A Song for Everyone (1970)
  • Evie Sings Gospel (1971)
  • Everything Is Beautiful (1972)
  • Evie (1974)
  • Evie Again (1975)
  • Gentle Moments (1976)
  • Mirror (1977)
  • Come On, Ring Those Bells (1977)
  • A Little Song of Joy for My Little Friends (1978)
  • Never the Same (1979)
  • Teach Us Your Way (1980)
  • Unfailing Love (1981)
  • Hymns (1983)
  • Restoration (1983)
  • Christmas: A Happy Time (1984)
  • Loving Promises (1985)
  • When All Is Said and Done (1986)
  • Celebrate the Family (1990)
  • Songs for His Family (1996)
  • Kingdom Connection (2002)
  • Songs from the Hymn Book (2013)
  • Evie Favorites Volume 1 (1980)
  • Complete - Volume 2 (1982)
  • Loving Promises (1985)
  • Christmas Memories (1987)
  • Special Christmas Delivery (1995)
  • Day By Day (1996)
  • Our Recollections (1996)
  • Come On Ring Those Bells (2004)
  • Give Them All to Jesus (2005)


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