Evvie McKinney became an overnight sensation after she emerged the winner of the Fox American reality television music competition series, The Four: Battle for Stardom. She featured in the first season of the series which aired from January 4, 2018, to February 8, 2018, alongside singers Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, and Carisa Zhavia Ward.
McKinney came up to the stage with a unique style and confidence that eventually paved the way for her victory in front of seasoned panelists like respected music manager/record producer/rapper Sean Combs, Louisiana-born songwriter/DJ/record producer DJ Khaled, and renowned American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor.
Bio, Age – Who Is Evvie McKinney?
This beautiful singing sensation hails from Memphis, Tennessee, in the United States of America. Her parents gave birth to her in the year 1998, precisely on 27th June. The youngest child of her parents, McKinney is an American national and has African roots.
She spent her childhood days in a neighborhood in southeast Memphis called Orange Mound before her family relocated to Nutbush, a neighborhood situated in North Memphis. The singer attended a Memphis-based charter school called Soulsville Charter School and has been making the school proud through her voice and presence in the music industry.
Evvie McKinney began singing in the choir as a child, so she was no stranger to music by the show she went for her first audition. Before she successfully made it to the 5th episode of The Four, she auditioned severally for American Idol, The Voice, and The X Factor.
The singer secured a spot for herself in the finale of the series after beating English singer Kendyle Paige with the song “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You” by Aretha Franklin. She finally won the competition, beating out Zhavia, Boyd, and Cannady on 8th February 2018, winning a recording contract with Republic Records and getting a mention as iHeartRadio’s “On the Verge” artist.
Ever since she proved her worth before the world and The Four judges, she has been making big waves in the industry. In August 2018, Evvie McKinney dropped her debut single titled How Do You Feel. She performed the hit for the first time on 2nd August 2018 in front of a live audience.
Evvie McKinney was the last person that was welcomed into the McKinney family. She has six older siblings including brothers Gedeon Luke McKinney, Emmanuel McKinney, Antonio McKinney, and sister – Anna Maria McKinney Wallace. Evvie’s family is musically inclined; they are all talented singers with deep knowledge about music and instruments.
Her dad, Tony McKinney was a blues and gospel artist while Gedeon is also doing great in music. The latter has a band known as Gedeon Luke and the People, which features Evvie most times. Maria McKinney is the name of the singer’s mother. She is a strong and super mother who has been raising all her kids since the demise of her husband on the 30th of December 2005. She has also been playing significant roles in her daughters’ careers right from the beginning of her musical career.
Although Tony has since passed on, he remains a major inspiration to his youngest daughter. He was the first person who taught and encouraged Evvie to sing and have faith in God. According to Evvie, her dad was a strong believer and God-lover even though he struggled with drug addiction in his lifetime. As a way of honoring and showing great respect to Tony, McKinney dedicates her performances and remarkable achievements to her beloved dad.
Other Facts About Evvie McKinney
1. Evvie McKinney started singing at the age of three.
2. The sensational singer didn’t have a rosy journey while on her way to stardom. Severally, she was rejected at auditions and was never given a chance to prove her worth. She got to know about The Four through a family friend and after taking part in the competition, her life instantly turned around for good.
3. She loves and respects legendary female singers like Tina Turner, R&B musical group the Staple Singers, and Aretha Franklin.
4. On February 5, 2018, Evvie released a cover of Beyonce’s song “Love Drought” on her YouTube page. The song was recorded on Beyonce’s 6th studio album, Lemonade, which was released in 2016.
5. The singer has a huge fan base, including celebrities like Sean Combs.
6. McKinney stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches.