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Evvie McKinney grew up attending a church in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the youngest of seven children, and her family went to church to worship three days a week. Thus, she had many opportunities to sing and lead worship in her childhood. Over the years, she knew that the Lord had something incredible in store for her, and she wanted Him to be glorified through her music. Despite the criticism she has received in the past for her faith in Jesus, McKinney has learned that genuine faith and trust means dismissing doubt and fear. Her faith continues to impact the decisions she’s made, both in her personal and professional life. Today, she finds great contentment knowing that she is exactly where God wants her to be and is able to share her faith with others through her music.

What McKinney loves most about music is its ability to heal. It allows listeners to feel acknowledged and to relate to the lyrics of the song. In the end, it allows them to look deeper into who they are by discovering who God made them to be.

Everything I ever needed

I can only find in Jesus

I have seen it, I believe it

So take me to, take me to


Take me to, take me to


From “Church” by Evvie McKinney

McKinney explains that “Church” is a song she wrote that talks about how Church makes us all feel. When believers unite as one body, chains are broken. This song reminds us that everything we could ever need is found in Jesus. He is more than enough.

When the bells start ringing

And the choir starts singing

The preacher starts preaching

I know I’m home

When the hands start raising

And the saints start praising

The chains start breaking

I know I’m home

From “Church” by Evvie McKinney

When we gather in love and worship, adoring and praising our God, we form such a beautiful community, and as God promises in His Word, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20). May we find our ultimate comfort in Him and rest in His presence today.

Check out McKinney’s “Church” lyric video:

Here are this week’s top songs on the MEL:

1Evvie McKinneyChurch
2Hannah HoneyLove U Need
3Trip LeeHomecoming
4Jervis CampbellHold Me Together
5BlancaNew Day
8WandeThey Didn’t Know II
9Half * AliveEverything Machine
10Drew Holcomb & The NeighborsDance With Everybody (w/ The National Parks)
11HenrikReal Love
12Steven MalcolmAin’t Playin (ft. Social Club Misfits)
13Joshua Luke SmithHold Me Back
14John Mark McMillanHas It Been You
15Naomi RaineNot Ready
16John Van DeusenBe Not Far From Here
17Ella DrablosEvergreen
18Judah & The LionTake A Walk
19ColorvaultSo Sure
20Die-rekYear of Redemption
21Social Club MisfitsWho That Is
22SwitchfootYouth of the Young
23The ApartmentCold Outside (w/ Dante Bowe)
24EikonYour Love Is
27Marcus RogersGod Is Good
28Caedmon’s CallHope to Carry On (2022)
29TylerhatesLifeKeyboard Warriors
30Jordy SearcyDaylight
31Tina BoonstraMartha
32Thunderstorm ArtisStronger
33Madison Ryann WardProdigal
34Dante BoweReal Kind of Love
35Aaron ColeHands
36LJ the MessengerPraise
37Wood Drake SessionsI See A King (w/Liz Vice)
38Jervis CampbellLet’s Go Home
39ColorvaultShall Be Forever
40Judah & The LionHappy Life
41NeedtobreatheTalk of The Town
42NeedtobreatheTalk of The Town (acoustic)
43Ben RectorHeroes
44John Van DeusenYou Tell Me
46Young OceansThis Wild Earth (w/Josh Garrels)
47Apollo LTDSoul Worth Saving
48Social Club MisfitsGot What You Need (w/ Jordan Feliz)
49Madison CunninghamAnywhere
50CortesSay I
51Lathan WarlickLook Up to the Sky (w/ Blessing Offor)
52Tenielle NedaSame Side
53Half * AliveMove Me
55Sajan NauriyalMorning Always Comes
56Carly BannisterSame Team
57Jessamyn DayHighways
581K PhewNew Church
59ChastityLove So Sweet (w/ Porsha Love)
60Evvie McKinneyBut God
61FRVR FreeBeautiful Day!
62Austin FrenchGood Feeling
63JOHNNYSWIMHolla Holla Holla
64Wood Drake SessionsOh How Good to Be Together (w/ Sandra McCracken)
65HulveyHave Me
66Drew Holcomb & The NeighborsWhat Have We Got to Lose (w/johnnyswim)
67Riley ClemonsHeadspace
68Dawson HollowSeabird
69Jill PhillipsGenerous Mercy
70Roy ToshGotta Wait
71LovknHome Called Heaven
72Hannah Honeygoandtell
73Thi’slStrange Things
74Kurtis HoppieRooftops
75Twenty One PilotsThe Outside
77Gable Price and FriendsI Need You
78Ross KingVillian
79Natalie BergmanYou’ve Got A Friend In Jesus
80Sandra McCrackenMost of the Time w/ Colin Hay
81BrvndonPFear of Heights
82LovknObsession With Eyes
83Kings KaleidoscopeJoy
84Yam HausReady To Go (From “American Song Contest”)
85HollynBird’s Eye View
86Darla BaltazarAin’t The First Time
87EikonKeeps Me Alive
88SwitchfootThe Hard Way
89LJ the MessengerGood-n-Bad
90Thunderstorm ArtisTake Me to the Fire
91PeabodMy Favorite Part
92Mat KearneySave Me
93nobigdyl.What A Day
94DoeSo Good
95Taylor LeonhardtMother’s Daughter
96ZaunteeDie For You
97Joshua MicahLet the Light In (w/ Owl City)
98Aryn MichellePariah
99SoulboxNobody Like You
100Twenty One PilotsGood Day