Felicia Coleman-Evans is a native Chicagoan and is a graduate of Howard University, where she studied with the renowned Mattiwilda Dobbs. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as featured soloist in the tribute to the great Leontyne Price. She continues to concertize in major concert halls throughout the United States and Europe integrating classical artistry with spirit-filled soulfulness as demonstrated in her performance of David Fanshawe’s Carnegie Hall premier African Sanctus and The Ties That Bind, composer Robert Morris’ work celebrating victory through the struggles of Africans in slavery and the Jewish people in the holocaust, which premiered for the Plymouth Music Series. She was featured in a first time ever performance, of gospel music at the famed La Scala Opera House, in Milan Italy. Her vocal music has been shared with the highest elected officials and dignitaries, most notable, President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Prayer Breakfast, the Congressional Black Caucus and the U.S. Senate Legislative Staff. She also had the honor of singing a heartfelt rendition of The Lord’s Prayer at the twenty-fifth anniversary of The March on Washington and for the transitory service of the legendary Marvin Gaye.
Mrs. Coleman-Evans has garnered critical acclaim on the theatrical stage, playing the principal roles of Louise Lemon and Rosa Parks in George Faison’s national touring production of Sing Mahalia Sing with music by Richard Smallwood, and Inanna, goddess of the Moabites, in the opera The Outcast for the Houston Grand Opera. She has ministered in churches, conventions for the National Baptist USA Inc., National Religious Broadcasters, National Women’s Radio and Television, The Chicagoland Christian Women’s Retreat, and various ministries and organizations including, her father-in-law, Rev. Clay Evans, Bryn Mawr Community Church, where she serves as Minister of Music, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., comedian/activist Dick Gregory, and her church, Fellowship M.B. Church of Chicago, IL. Above all, she sings praises to Him who gives “every good and perfect gift.”