Evie joins Rebecca as part of the SHE event—bringing with her not only an obviously vibrant and personal relationship with God, a love for sharing Jesus, and a passion to minister, but a rich history within the framework of contemporary Christian Music.
Before there was an Amy Grant or a Rebecca St. James, there was Evie. While still in her teens, she pioneered what would become modern contemporary Christian music, blazing a trail that every woman since has followed. The Norwegian singer best known as simply Evie was phenomenally popular in the '70s, during the early years of contemporary Christian music.
Born in 1957 as the daughter of Norwegian immigrants, Evie Tornquist first became a child star in her parents' native land. At age 17, she recorded her first album for American audiences. Her youthful energy, and her infectious smile complimented by deep dimples and sparkling blue eyes radiant with God’s love made Evie an instantly memorable face on stages across American and the world—including major appearance with Billy Graham on his national crusades.
Her self-titled debut on Word Records was an immediate success, featuring a range of songs from Ray Hildebrand's "Say, I Do" to Andraé Crouch's "My Tribute” and "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" to Larry Norman's "Sweet Sweet Song of Salvation." Later albums featured hit songs: "Clean Before My Lord" "Pass It On" and "Give Them All." It was Mirror, however, that has become the ultimate Evie album, offering four of her biggest hits: "Mirror," "Born Again," "Praise You Just the Same," and "Just Because I Asked".
In all, Evie recorded more than 30 albums, including several featuring songs in Scandinavian languages, two albums with her husband, and two more featuring the whole family (Pelle, Kris, and Jenny). In 1981, Evie, who was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1977 and 1978 Dove Awards, officially retired from performing.