The season finale of The Four is on Fox tonight at 8pm. Memphis’ own Evvie Mckinney will debute her new single “How Do You Feel” and Stormy is chatting with her Friday morning and playing her new single. Listen in to V101 in the 9am hour and WDIA in the 3pm hour.
Evvie McKinney is 20 years old and from the birthplace of Soul and Rock n Roll music, Memphis, TN. Music is her life and her musical inspirations are Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Lauryn Hill, Denise LaSalle, and Frank Sinatra. When her parents realized she could sing, she moved from the children’s Little Flock Choir to becoming the lead vocalist in the Senior Choir at the age of five. McKinney comes from a very big, musical family; she is the youngest of 7 children. Her father, who was a musician, passed away in 2005. All her life, McKinney has known what sharing is and what it really means to make ends meet. She has witnessed her mother work day in and day out and her family received their house from the Habitat for Humanity Foundation.
McKinney became a regular vocalist, actress, and dancer in Chrysti Chandler’s Young Actors Guild Theatre and Dance Company (YAG) where they performed locally in most of Memphis’ churches, schools, and arts venues. At the age of 13, she graduated from Young Actors Guild and began her new performance journey at the Stax Music Academy where she was also a lead singer and actress for four years in an ensemble called “Street Corner Harmonies”. She sang for legends like Eddie Floyd, producer David Porter, Ann Peebles, Steve Cropper, and modern soul singer, LaLa Hathaway. She also sang with legends like Sam from Sam and Dave, Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays, Rance Allen, Toni Green, Wendy Moten, Carla Thomas(Rufus Thomas’ daughter), William Bell, Al Bell, and the High Rhythm Section. In 2013, she was chosen out of 70 students to go to Berlin, Germany and perform Ike & Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” for the Ambassador of Germany.
While being the lead singer at Stax, she also traveled every summer to New York City to tour with her brother’s soul/funk band, Gedeon Luke & The People. In 2015, she graduated with honors from The Soulsville Charter School (which is also underneath the Soulsville USA foundation) and applied to the National YoungArts Foundation for funding and scholarship to continue music education aside from college and became the 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner in Popular Voice.
After she graduated high school, she moved to NYC and became a lead singer in a band called Starlight. She recently has been back and forth from NYC to Memphis for touring gigs.
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