About The Croonerman...(producer Narada Michael Walden's nickname for Brian)
Brian Evans was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts (and on Maui, Hawaii).
Beginning his career at the age of 11 on the Boston morning show "Community Auditions," Brian moved to Los Angeles at age 16, where he pursued a career in the entertainment business. His career began with doing television commercials for Twix, then guest appearances on popular television shows "Beverly Hills, 90210," "The Barefoot Executive," and "Full House."
Realizing his passion was for music, Brian took his love of the big band genre to The Roxy, The Viper Room, and The Whisky in Los Angeles. During this time he would then begin opening for other performers, including the popular japanese trio, Shonen Knife. He would then open for Joan Rivers, Social Distortion, Lou Rawls, Better Than Ezra, Dionne Warwick, and Jay Leno. During a stint in Canada, Brian became nationally known for his debut big band CD, "Quite Frankly," which became the #1 independent release in that country. Following this run, Evans then debuted in Las Vegas at The Desert Inn, where he performed 377 concerts and received a proclamation from Mayor Oscar Goodman, and various accolades including those from President Bill Clinton and then-Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn. Brian recorded a CD "Live at The Desert Inn," which remains the only CD ever recorded by an artist (once the stomping ground of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr.) at that Las Vegas casino, which has since been replaced by The Wynn Resort on the famed Las Vegas Strip.
Brian's music is heard on popular television shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance," "Big Shots," and the recent motion picture, "The Wedding Weekend," starring Saturday Night Live star Molly Shannon.
In 2010, Brian began working on what will ultimately be his major label debut, produced by multi-Grammy winning producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, George Michael, among other notable acts whom he has both produced, and written songs for). During these recordings, Brian Evans wrote and recorded the song "At Fenway" with Walden, which was his homage to The Boston Red Sox.
Brian is also the creator of The Maui Celebrity Series, and produced concerts for MOS DEF, Roseanne Barr, Rob Schneider, Mick Fleetwood, David Spade, and a host of others. During several of these sold-out concerts, Brian performed as the opening act as well. Actor William Shatner, whom has performed several times with Brian, appeared recently at the shows one-year anniversary.
A singer that has performed the national anthem forty times for major league sports teams and whom has personally met with some of the greats from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Carson, Brian Evans is a unique individual with many stories to tell whom has taken his love for the big band genre and combined that with his personal experiences to bring you a style of "the crooner" that you are sure to take notice of.
"My road has been like a wine. Bitter in the beginning, but tasting sweeter as time has passed by," says Evans. "I always felt like this was a style of music you had to live first in order to touch people with it. If I sang "My Way" at 21, I doubt anyone would have believed me."
But they will now.
For more information on Brian, visit www.brianevans.com