Pasco teacher has a sec­ond life as a ris­ing mu­sic star

Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Local News - BY SARA SCHILLING ss­chilling@tric­i­ty­her­ald.com

In some ways, Evan Egerer is liv­ing a pretty nor­mal life.

He’s mar­ried with two young kids and has a job teach­ing at Franklin STEM Ele­men­tary School in Pasco.

But Egerer also is a ris­ing mu­sic star with a siz­able fan­base and a new EP recorded in Nashville with help from some in­dus­try heavy­weights. So maybe his day-to-day isn’t that nor­mal af­ter all.

“Things have been get­ting so much big­ger with the mu­sic,” Egerer said. “It’s like I’m lead­ing two dif­fer­ent lives.”

Egerer’s new five-song EP, called “Mys­tery,” is avail­able across mu­sic plat­forms now.

Egerer is a Chris­tian, and the ti­tle track is about God’s grace.

“It’s about rec­og­niz­ing your short­com­ings, but no mat­ter how far you fall short, God still loves you,” Egerer said. “That’s the great mys­tery of life.”

He recorded that song and the oth­ers on “Mys­tery” at Clover­land stu­dio, with Jeff Quimby and Jeremy Red­mon of Big Daddy Weave, Jeremy May­field and David Leonard of All Sons & Daugh­ters, and Matt Mel­ton, who plays with Chris Tom­lin.

It’s his best work ever, he said — still him, still his sound, but at a new level.

“I’m ec­static to have the songs out there,” he said. “Al­though I’m not chang­ing who I am from a mu­si­cal stand­point, I’m ex­cited to be de­vel­op­ing and grow­ing.

“I’m ex­cited to be grow­ing, and I want (fans) to know they have been one of the driv­ing forces be­hind that.”

Egerer re­leased the three-song EP “Val­leys” ear­lier this year, af­ter a first whirl­wind trip to Nashville.

He re­turned to Mu­sic City over the summer to make “Mys­tery.”

It’s one of the many big op­por­tu­ni­ties he’s seized as his pro­file has steadily grown.

Egerer first made a splash in 2016, when he won the na­tional mu­sic tour­na­ment at Cre­ation North­west, a Chris­tian mu­sic fes­ti­val.

He went on to open for Chris­tian mu­sic su­per­stars Crow­der and Phil Wick­ham, play to a full house at the Knit­ting Fac­tory in Spokane, and per­form at Cre­ation’s large East Coast and West Coast fes­ti­vals.

He re­leased the record “Sin­ner” in 2017 and took off on tour.

Egerer has a host of shows lined up in the coming weeks, in­clud­ing at Goose Ridge Win­ery in Walla Walla on Nov. 16.

Even as mu­sic has be­come a big­ger part of is life, Egerer con­tin­ues to teach at Franklin STEM. He loves it.

He’ll oc­ca­sion­ally bring out his gui­tar in class, but mostly he sticks to the day’s lessons.

And he’s rais­ing two kids with his wife, Heather — daugh­ter Av­ery, who’s turn­ing 7, and son Micah, 4.

His busy sched­ule means he makes fam­ily time “very in­ten­tional,” he said.

“When I’m with my fam­ily, I am with them and I am all about them,” he said.

He’s ex­cited about his new mu­sic, about where his life is headed.

“I’m at this new place,” he said. “It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. This is a step for­ward.”

To stay up to date on Egerer, go to evan-egerer.com.

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