skinny-e is: Evan McKeel
Everyone has something they love. Think of yours. Something that makes your blood boil, your heart race, your world turn. It’s what gets you up in the morning, and what keeps you going. What defines the center of your being?
For me, it’s music.
I sing. I’ve always sung, and I always sing, wherever I go, whatever I’m doing. It’s the constant, unchanging part of my life. There’s so many aspects to making music, and so many different motivations. Making records, performing, touring, notoriety and fame, money, etc. People ask me all the time what I want to do with my music, and why? My simple response. I want to sing, because I love to sing. Another question I am often asked is “Where do you see yourself in 5 years in your music career?”. Again, my answer is simple. I see myself singing. As long as I can sing, I am happy. Whatever form that takes, whatever opportunities come or don’t come, I will be singing.
A bird flies, and a dog barks, but neither could tell you why they do. They just do. It’s so natural to them, that it needs no explanation. It’s a part of them, like music is a part of me. It’s the way I communicate to the world my hopes, my fears, my love, and my emotion.
Sometimes I have let pressure get to me, and I make my pursuit fame, or notoriety, or success because of music. When that happens, music becomes nothing more than a tool to reach a different goal, instead of a pursuit itself. When I stop and think about what I love most, and what I want most, I have clarity and peace knowing this:
Music is my goal and my pursuit. To sing, create, speak, and make is the road and the destination. I feel so alive in song, that I am afraid I would die, should I stop singing. So I will sing until I die.
Music has taken me many places. First it took me to record stores to collect albums, and study the world of music. It took me to choirs and productions to be trained on stage and in voice. It took me to every little club and bar in VA to learn hard work and experience. and most recently it took me to The Voice to work with Pharrell Williams, who taught me how to speak with my music, and always be myself when I perform. I’m anxious to see where it takes me next.