Nashville-based and Texas-born talent Erskin Anavitarte will perform at 6 p.m. July 7 at the Sedgwick Meeting House, 507 N. Commercial Ave., Sedgwick.
His Facebook page lists the musical genres of Christian, worship, rap and hip-hop.
"I am an artist that stands six feet tall, I have dreadlocks — though they are shorter than they used to be, I play the guitar, the trombone and I sing," Anavitarte said.
Anavitarte is an independent artist. Locally, his music is part of Rockin Ron Corino's radio show on KBCU — the Bethel College radio station.
"I am actually starting to enjoy the details of being an independent artist," Anavitarte said. "It means you are the bus driver, you schedule your tours, you clean up after yourself, you set up your stuff. .... I am enjoying that because you call your own shots."
Anavitarte is a singer-wongwriter and self-proclaimed diversity spokesman and adoption advocate.
He uses personality, musical artistry and lyrical truth throughout his recordings and concerts.
"I want people to be blessed by what it is by what I am doing, and little challenged a little bit," Anavitarte s aid.
His recent single “Black and White” addresses “the most segregated time in our country”, trying to tackle long-standing issues of race and religion. The single is on the EP, Look Up, which can be found on Spotify, ReverbNation and iTunes along with previous works Let’s Ride and Worship Now.
In 2016 his “Black and White” single, as well as “Do What You Gotta Do”, received significant radio airplay across the country.
Erskin has traveled across the country and around the globe to encourage people in communities, churches, coffee shops and other concert venues. The many musical genres that he covers – pop, jazz, country, R&B and hip hop – attract a diverse fan-base and are continually winning over new listeners.
Erskin was a basketball stand-out who earned a scholarship to East Tennessee State Univeristy. He earned an M.Div. at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Kelli and their two children. He said he has a heart for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children led Erskin to become an advocate for the non-profit organization Holt International.