Jul 6, 2023
Gospel pioneer Sallie Martin once said, “I’ve never been the greatest, nobody ever called me the greatest; yet, still I’ve been everywhere the greatest have been…” These words could have easily been spoken by Nashville’s own Everett Drake, as he, too, has shared the stage with many of the music industry’s greatest luminaries.
Like so many entertainers, Everett’s musical roots began in the church, singing in the choir and later serving as Choir Director of his beloved First Baptist Church South Inglewood. His dynamic passion for singing and directing were soon recognized by other gospel singers and he was tapped to join The Johnson Ensemble, a local singing group. They were enormously popular during the 1970s and recorded several albums. Their signature album, THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL, brought them national recognition.
It didn’t take long for Everett to catch the eye of other Music City’s heavyweights, including Donna Fargo, Brenda Lee, Eddie Rabbitt, Barbara Mandrell, Wynonna Judd, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, and crossover giants Lyle Lovett and Bonnie Raitt. His tours with Fargo and Lovett took him to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, Korea, Japan and the Philippines.
Though comfortable with all types of music, Everett’s first love remains Gospel music. So, it was only natural his path would eventually intersect with Nashville’s renown Gospel tour de force, Dr. Bobby Jones. As a featured vocalist on BOBBY JONES: GOSPEL, which is shown internationally on BET and The WORD Television Network, Everett, again, finds himself in the company of gospel music’s hottest stars, from Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen and John P. Kee to Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary and Tye Tribbett.
Today you can enjoy exciting original music from his debut CD project, AMEN GOES RIGHT THERE!, produced by Derrick Lee for Dherico Music. It is available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody as well as ons Everett's official website. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
To Everett, the stage is the stage. You can never be sure where he will turn up next. But, one thing you can be certain of, when he receives the call, he will be ready to catch the next plane or tour bus to the destination. The stage is his second home and, he loves every minute of it.
Someone once said, “The purpose of life... is a life of purpose.” Everett Drake is one of those fortunate people who found his purpose early in life. Whether he's touring Switzerland, Japan, Australia or the USA, you can be certain that he will be realizing his purpose… bringing his music to the masses.
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