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 M. 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. They include 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 Ms. Fargo and Mr. 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 Black Entertainment Television 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 www.everettdrake.com. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Everett counts himself fortunate to be able to move so easily between various styles of music. To him, the stage is the stage. We can never be sure where he will turn up next. But, one thing we 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. And, whether touring Switzerland, Japan, Australia or right here in the United States, you can be certain that he will be realizing his purpose… bringing music to the masses.