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Singer/songwriter Anthony Evans is releasing his second solo project, Letting Go, March 7th on INO Records. The aptly titled project from one of Christian pop’s most gifted artists showcases brand new songs that are grounded in a deeper understanding of God’s relentless grace. This Dallas-based singer is already widely recognized for his distinct and dynamic vocals, his joyful expression of passionate faith, and for his insatiable thirst to understand matters that are important in his relationship with God.

Evans is the son of Dr. Tony Evans (Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and President of The Urban Alternative) and is a second-generation minister and a well-seasoned performer. Evans grew up singing in the church and decided to make it a career, much to the satisfaction of such notable fans as Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Franklin Graham, to name just a few.

Explaining the theme of Letting Go, Evans says, “I hope people can hear this album and gain confidence and assurance in the relationship they have with God, knowing God’s arms are securely around them and He is never letting go.”

He continues, “This record is about trusting God absolutely, and understanding the magnitude of the hope we have through the sacrifice Christ made.”

Produced by Matt Bronleewe and Nathan Nockels, Evans co-wrote nine of the album’s ten songs, partnering with the likes of Matthew West, Michael Boggs, Chad Cates, Ben Glover and Jason Ingram. From the numerous songwriting sessions, the songs created for Letting Go represent a transformation Evans experienced as he struggled last year with his call to represent Christ in music ministry.

“I’ve realized more concretely that God doesn’t want anything from me when it comes to the performance thing,” Evans explains. “All I need to do is give him my heart. God created me this way and God unconditionally loves me. I better recognize what God’s love truly means.”

The project’s title track, “Letting Go,” is a song that assures listeners God stands fast beside them in difficult times. The single “Meaningless” recognizes the reality of humanity’s sinful tendency, while the ballad “Whatever I Can’t Erase” portrays another face of God’s creative redemption. Closing the record is “You’re My God,” a track witnessing to God’s character as being one of strict faithfulness. The powerful anthem, “I Choose Now,” is the record’s first single.

Letting Go is poised to capitalize on Evans’ successful 2005 touring season as he garnered high praise while on the road with friends FFH and Matthew West. Evans was also a staple performer during last year’s Promise Keepers events, as well as sharing the stage with his father at numerous conferences held nationwide in many of America’s largest churches. He launched his solo career two years ago by releasing his acclaimed debut, Even More, on the heels of several performances with industry superstars Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin. Anthony received his break into professional music singing backing vocals for Franklin, who has since become a friend and mentor.

In the coming year, Evans will join David Phelps and Ana Laura on a 30-city spring tour and plans to continue to team up with Dr. Evans at conference events. Evans is ready to tour his new project so he can spread to others the hope-filled message he’s personally experienced.

“I hope that people will be really encouraged through this record,” Evans says. “I hope they will take away a new perspective on their journey, that wherever they are now is a single page in their story, we already know it’s going to have a good ending, and that God is never letting go of them.”

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