NWF Daily News
Pastor Goes From Rock Music to Chapel Music
““He knew I was playing in bars and asked me to play at the chapel. I told him I didn’t know any Christian music.”
Bill Evett grew up in a family of singers and musicians in Maryland. His mother and grandmother were singers and his dad was in a band.
It was only natural that Evett would also play in bands beginning when he was young.
However, to make a stable living, he went into medical sales.
When Evett took early retirement, he moved from Nashville to the beach and began playing his guitar, singing at bars and festivals up and down 30A.
Eleven years ago, however, Evett had a life-changing experience.
At one time, Seaside Chapel had a worship band when Jeff Miller was the pastor.
“He knew I was playing in bars and asked me to play at the chapel. I told him I didn’t know any Christian music,” remembered Evett…”
July 17, 2013
By Danny Burns
“Born and raised in Baltimore to a musical family, Bill Evett was surrounded by music in his childhood years. His maternal grandparents were in Vaudeville and his parents, Bill and June, followed in their footsteps as half of The Bill Evett Quartet. His mother, influenced by her time on the road as an entertainer, discouraged him from pursuing a full time career in music. She suggested he acquire a teaching degree and just play music on the weekends.
He eventually took her advice, though it took a few years. When he was playing in a band doing shows along the east coast, he met Betsy, the woman who would eventually become his wife. She also encouraged him to go back to school. She knew that starving for a cause would not satisfy the needs of their soon-to-be family. It took him a few tries to make it through college….”