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Evangel University hosts concert & music industry Master Class

Published on Sep 6, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Evangel University Department of Music will present a free concert followed by two music industry master class sessions with seasoned musicians Tasha Layton and Keith Everett Smith, Oct. 1 & 2, 2019, in the Barnett Fine Arts Center.

All events are free and open to the public. Barnett Hall is located south of the Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave.

“The two days are being produced by the Recording Technology Degree faculty and students,” said Matt Moore, director of bands at Evangel.

“We welcome and encourage local musicians and other university students to attend all sessions.”


The artists

Keith Everett Smith is a multi-Grammy and Dove Award winning producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a member of TobyMac’s Diverse City Band.

He has worked with artists such as The Jonas Brothers, Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, MercyMe and Amy Grant. He has also played on soundtracks and scores for movies and television ranging from The Lone Ranger to The Jersey Boys to The People’s Choice Awards.

Tasha Layton toured four years and 40 countries with Katy Perry, a gig that came along after turning down an invitation to tour with Rihanna and Kesha. She was also an American Idol contestant.

In the studio, Layton has recorded songs for projects as diverse as Cirque du Soleil and Nickelodeon. Her debut EP, aptly titled Love Running Wild, is a pop-synth driven project on BEC Records.


The events at EU

The free concert with Tasha Layton and Keith Everett Smith will be on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the recital hall of The Barnett Fine Arts Center.

The music industry master class sessions will follow on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

  • 10 a.m. to Noon — Tasha will talk about her experiences ranging from the spiritual life of a worship leader, to life on the road with Katy Perry.
  • 1 to 3 p.m. — Keith will discuss his approach to song production, studio musician life, audio gear and life on the road with TobyMac.

For more information, contact Evangel University music professor Matt Moore, at

The master class sessions are free and open to the public. They will also be live-streamed on Evangel’s website: .


EU Department of Music

The Music Department at Evangel offers a variety of degree programs, including music performance, music education, music business, recording technology and worship leadership.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1970, the department regularly offers opportunities for students to interact with distinguished performers, composers and scholars, and to attend concerts by renowned music artists.

Evangel University, which includes the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.