313. Mirror – Evie

MIRROR (1977)

Evie

Long before Amy and Sandi there was this cute teenage Norwegian named Evie who stole the heart of Christian music fans around the world…literally. She also sold a TON of records. In fact, I read some reports that Evie was the best selling artists of the 1970’s in CCM. And although she started during the era of “Jesus Music” she never seemed to be a fit with that designation and may be the first actual CCM artist.

In 1977 she released Mirror, an album that contains many of her most memorable songs, including her trademark, Four Feet Eleven, a cute little ditty that plays off her…uh…hmmm…challenged height?

The album was released right after her unbelievable success of a Christmas album, Come On Ring Those Bells. The Christmas album remained one of the best selling albums in CCM for the next decade and continues to be a Christmas favorite.

Mirror’s music is clearly not for the cool, hip and even for those older than 11 and younger than 45, but they needed CCM too. And for what it is, it remains a classic of what was to one day be called “Inspirational” music. technically it was contemporary enough to appeal to the general population and safe enough to be used as “special music” in the average Church service. Evie songbooks were huge sellers during the time in Christian bookstores.

 

At the height of her career Evie married and Pastor and left it all behind with no regrets. She would do some children’s and ministry projects but would never return to CCM in any meaningful way. But a decade there was no one more popular than CCM’s first popular artist, Evie.

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  1. Blake R
    November 4, 2010 at 4:01 am

    I’m not familiar with this album but my mom played “Come on Ring those Bells” more than enough times so that I know find myself humming it more often than I care to admit.

  2. Aaron
    November 9, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I know who is Lord of all.” Yes, I remember this one well. It came out when I was two years old, but I’m pretty sure my mom played it until I was 12 or 13.

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