MARTIN METHODIST MUSIC INSTRUCTOR WINS GRAMMY AWARD
February 14, 2017
Martin Methodist College (MMC) music instructor Mark Evitts won a Grammy Award at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Evitts, MMC’s fiddle and mandolin instructor and director of the college’s bluegrass ensemble Richland Creek, won for his contribution on Joey + Rory Feek’s album Hymns. The album won in the “Best Roots and Gospel Album” category.
For their final album, Rory Feek reached out to Evitts to write a string arrangement and play violins and violas for the classic hymn “How Great Thou Art.” The album released on February 12, 2016, and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in December 2016 for selling more than 500,000 copies.
“It truly is an honor to be a part of a Grammy winning recording,” said Evitts. “I used to dream about this day when I was a student, and I know how it feels to work really hard for something. My students at MMC are all so talented and hardworking, and they inspire me every day.”
“Mark is a fantastic colleague and a consummate musician,” said Program Coordinator for MMC’s Department of Music Dr. Timothy Powell. “Under his direction, our students receive a world-class education from one of the most gifted fiddle players and arrangers in Nashville. We are really lucky to have Mark on our faculty.”