Through the mist of Appalachia comes Evil, the banjo-plucking angelic nightmare whose signature ethereal voice enchants and excites with new single and video “A Child Shamed,” off their upcoming album in the works. Hailing from Front Royal, VA, the artist formerly known as Babeo Baggins’ new project tackles the effects of God and religion on their life as a queer non-binary Black person born in a rural community. Evil also just launched The Queer Black Musicians Fund via Orville Peck’s Instagram, who they opened for last year when concerts were still taking place.
A founding member of Drake-approved internet rap group Barf Troop in 2014, Evil went on to release solo music melding together country, contemporary pop, hip hop, and more to love from Fader, Pitchfork, MTV, Teen Vogue and beyond. Following their POSI+IVE mixtape (featuring production by Childish Gambino) and debut self-titled Evil EP (featuring “Slow Dance” in Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time), Evil is ready for their upcoming album – taking on God, mental health, and their relationship with religion as a queer Black person.
Evil explains: “During a very trying time in my life I started to look to God for comfort as I always have, but in doing that I realized all these complex feelings I had with myself due to my time spent in church as a child and my own feelings and anxieties about going to hell for the person I am and the things I do. I do not reject God, but I have been taught he rejects me. I wanted to write music about this in an effort to make others that feel this way feel less isolated in it.”