Local musician Ta’Shawn Evans, also known by his stage name Ferrari Nueve, defies classification and relishes the fact.
The 21-year-old Enfield resident, who’s album “Crunk for My King” will be available for download Saturday from the iTunes and Google Play stores and from Amazon, seeks to break down musical and spiritual barriers through his music.
“I want the younger people of my generation to know what I know and love what I love, listening to what they always listen to,” he said.
Reaching people where they are, across the world, is one of the themes behind what Evans call “Nueve Nation,” a mix between a radio station and international movement toward positive thinking and life choices.
“Most of the music we hear on the radio station, even techno music, is talking about sin and burning up and I’m like ‘Why are we listening to this stuff?’” he said. “I just want to create a more positive message praising God. You can listen to the same styles of music, but praise God and watch the blessing really come.”
That does not mean that all of Evans’ music essentially is worship music because it is not, he said. But praising God is the main goal.
“That is what my music is really reaching out to people to do,” Evans said. “Praise God, watch the blessings come. Listen to this, watch the blessings come. Change to a positive attitude.”
So far, Evans mainly has performed at local events, such as the Wilson Community Festival or the upcoming Enfield Peanut Festival. But next month, he will be taking his talents to Tallahassee, Fla., for “America’s Got Anointing,” a singing competition for Christian artists.
The reaction to Evans’s music has been supportive, if not a bit surprising, considering where it is mainly coming from, Evans said.
“Honestly, when I walk off stage, it is the older generation that compliments me quicker than the younger generation,” he said. “The younger generation, they come to me later on. The older generation initially takes action and says ‘You are going places, do this. Thank you, continue what you are doing for God’s children.’ The younger generation, it is a way different thing. They come up to you, they want to speak to you, and it is just all smiles.”
The younger generation is hesitant to speak with him because it is wondering if he is genuine, Evans’s manager Kindell Epps said.
“The younger generation is a little bit more skeptical than the older one,” she said. “It is mainly because of inexperience in dealing with the public, I guess.”
That hasn’t stopped people from the younger generation from embracing his music.
“I have seen guys hanging out at a corner store, which is what they like to do and it is their hobby, I guess, actually jam to my music, and say ‘I like this. This is Christian rap? I like this,’” Evans said. “It was just very different because you would not think it of those guys. Basically, if you see a gang, you would not expect a gang to listen to your music and really like it. To see a gang members actually talk to you and smile and laugh and say, ‘Hey man, I like your music. You are going places,’ it means a lot.”
Evans’s next mixtape, titled “Future Generationz,” will be released later this year.
More information about Evans, including event dates, updates and contact information can be found at his website, officialferrarinueve.com.