Since joining CMT as the host of CMT's Top 20 Countdown in February 2010, Evan Farmer has held captivating interviews with numerous country music and film stars, become a regular guest on NBC's Today, hosted live red carpet events with CMT Insider's Katie Cook and has enlightened fans with his many appearances at the CMA Music Festival.
Born in Asmara, Ethiopia, to a U.S. Army flight medic and nurse, Farmer spent much of his early childhood traveling around the world. After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in communications, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Perhaps best known as the host and handyman of TLC's Emmy-nominated home makeover series While You Were Out, Farmer first made entertainment news in 1998 with his portrayal of the central character Jerry O'Keefe in MTV'S first made-for-television movie, 2GE+HER, chronicling the spoof boy-band 2GE+HER's rise to fame.
He also recorded lead vocals on the 2GE+HER soundtrack and follow-up album, 2GE+HE Again, which sold over a million copies worldwide. A television series of the same name followed, as did several Top 10 music videos, which ultimately led to sharing the stage on the Britney Spears Oops I Did It Again tour in 2000. It was while guest hosting MTV's Total Request Live for Carson Daly that he realized how much he enjoyed the role of "host" -- especially on live television.
With a full schedule between CMT and his family, Farmer has always made time to pursue his true passion in life -- philanthropy. From the start, he has struggled to find meaning in the attention that comes with a career in the spotlight, but with the devastating impact of his mother's diagnosis of breast cancer, her subsequent passing in 2007 due to complications resulting from ovarian cancer and after losing his friend and 2GE+HER castmate, Michael Cuccione, he became actively involved in charities. A few of those include the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Michael Cuccione Foundation, Until a Cure, the Red Cross, Autism Speaks, Rebuilding Together, Bras for a Cause and UNICEF. Intent on making a difference in Nashville, he has been the spokesperson for Tennessee's Walk Now for Autism since its inception in 2008.
Farmer lives in Nashville with his wife and two sons.