Powerhouse performer and first-ever winner of FOX’s “The Four: Battle For Stardom,” Evvie McKinney has released the upbeat anthem “Bring the Whole Hood,” her debut single on Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG.
“I come from Memphis, Tennessee. Little small house, big family…,” McKinney sings on the record.
An Orange Mound native, McKinney entered as a challenger on the fifth of six episodes during the first season of “The Four.” She performed for a panel that featured Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled and Sean Diddy Combs. Her singing won them over and eventually helped her claim the season’s title, which included a contract with Republic Records.
“How Do You Feel” – her debut single – was released under Republic Records. However, she wasn’t a big fan of the pop direction they wanted her to go in. Late in 2019 she signed with Motown’s Gospel label, enabling her to pursue both her religious faith and her singing career.
McKinney wrote ‘Bring the Whole Hood’ with her mentor from the show, pop hitmaker Meghan Trainor.
The song mixes her soulful voice, with a fast-paced inspirational feel.
“…and I’m like Praise the Lord, Cause everything I’ve been praying for is finally knocking on my door,” she sings.
“Memphis is rich in music and storytelling. This song is my testimony; everything I’ve been praying for has been knocking on my door and it’s so loud,” she says in release heralding her new single. “I grew up in the church, so music has been in my DNA since I can remember, and this song is just an introduction into my life and upbringing.”
The song is filled with instruments and a choir that makes its appearance on the chorus. “I am a literal representation of Memphis – home of the blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul,” says McKinney.
Equipped with a powerful voice and the ability to establish an emotional connection to everything she sings, this song allows her to exhibit both.
McKinney, who started singing as a preschooler, has pushed through the challenges of poverty, gang violence and drug abuse. A Soulsville Charter School alumnus, she credits God, her family, friends and her audiences for the energy and excitement on display at her live shows.
One of seven children, her late father, Tony McKinney, was a gospel and blues singer. Her brother, Gedeon Luke, is a soul/R&B singer, who tours with Gedeon Luke and The People.
McKinney now is based in Nashville, where she’s been recording an EP set to be released later this year on Motown Gospel. She says the project will feature contributions from big names, including Jason Derulo and Rihanna.