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By the time Christine Evans entered college at Stanford
University, she had already released several albums, won
numerous awards and starred in a movie. You know…
just your average teenager bent on changing the world
through her own brand of music, art and passion for social
welfare and change.
Since beginning school, though, her heart, art and
perspective have shifted, grown and developed far beyond
aspirations to be a star.
“Life has taken a different turn since being here,” she
“Before, music was music, school was school and then
there was the rest of my life. Now it’s more intertwined.
Now, I’m trying to find an intersection between my passion
for music, social welfare and for proper policy.”
She’s on the right track.
In fact the movie, Black and Blue, which hit stores in April
of this year, in which she commands the starring role was
a commentary, of sorts, on the plight of the homeless that
call the streets of the USA home.
“I think the movie was very powerful,” she says. “It
was created with a purpose.”
As was she…
Despite spending years in the studio, writing and
recording her own songs, she seems to have come
full circle in terms of understanding and seeking the
path that God might choose to use her gifts.
“Music will always be my life. But I know that
I definitely want it to be more impactful in a
community and relationship based-approach.”
That’s not just lip-service. When talking about
her music now, the conversation revolves around
the group of a cappella singers at Stanford, The
Talisman, of which she is a part.
“The music that we sing really means something,”
It was with the Talisman that she traveled to South
Africa. Here, she began to see the power of music in
the everyday lives of people.
“Everybody sings there,” she says. “Even at a gas
station. People would sing to come together, to
overcome struggle, to celebrate and to mourn. It was
like nothing I’d ever seen before.”
But it is something she will see again. This
summer, she is traveling to Ghana with Kaeme
(kaeme.beagooddoctor.org) to work with the
Department of Social Welfare addressing the issue
of orphanage reform.
Next fall, she is taking time away from school
to work with Quest Bridge (questbridge.org), an
organization that helps low-income students across the
country apply and receive the financial aid necessary for
them to receive higher education.
Without doubt, Christine Evans is on the fast track to
achieving social change within her own and in others’
communities. And along the way, she plans on keeping the
music that first launched her into the public spotlight by
her side—even if it looks a bit different.
“I could never not be a songwriter,” she says. “But I
want my writing to be true to me and true to the role
that music plays in my life now. I don’t want to force it.
Music doesn’t have to stop… It’s an ongoing thing,” she
muses. “It’s all connected.”
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