Friday, Oct. 27, Kevin Shea will be heading back home to Berlin for his first Connecticut concert with his ambient Christian worship band The Evidence. The concert will be held at Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., at 6:30 p.m. To reserve complimentary tickets, go to www.bethanycoverant.org/musicseries.
Shea graduated from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science. Throughout his college years, he led worship at campus chapels and held a summer internship with the youth ministry Salt ‘n Light, using his gift of music to help share the gospel of Jesus Christ with adolescents at retreats, rallies, youth camps, missions trips and music festivals.
Shea and his college friends Dana, Diana and Brian began writing and playing music together and formed their band, performing on campus, at local churches and coffee houses. They have recorded short music videos for Stop & Shop/Giant to help them raise money and in 2015 they released their first EP, “Recycled Love.”
Shea plays guitar on the worship team at Life Center Ministries in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he leads worship and participates in many conferences, playing with well-known Christian recording artists Bethel Music, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretsinger and Kalley Heiligenthal.
In 2016, Shea traveled to England with Bethel for David’s Tent, where thousands of worshipers gathered to experience God’s love. He also traveled to Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City, where he had the great experience of recording a VEVO music video with a friend signed to Sony Records. Oct. 6-9, The Evidence will be on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at “Awaken the Dawn,” where thousands will gather, as 50-plus tents representing each state are filled with worshipers from around the country.
Last year, The Evidence released their first full-length album, “Father, Son, Holy Ghost,” which charted on Billboard and in the top 50 albums on iTunes alongside artists like Hillsong United, Lauren Daigle, Kari Jobe, Elevation Worship and Bethel.
In a nation-wide contest of new artists, The Evidence finished second, earning them a stage at SoulFest in New Hampshire, a four-day outdoor music festival that brings in top Christian artists; the same festival that Shea would attend every summer through his youth group years.
Shea is working in music at Life Center and teaches guitar at the recording studio. He is also a studio musician and has recorded albums with new artists such as Charisah Cleath and Mandy Elizabeth.
At a Bethel conference last year, Shea met Rachel and they were married this past spring.