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Eva Stokes

EvVa (Eva Stokes), called by her peers a "national treasure," is considered one of the most exciting unsigned music artists in the USA. EvVa began her career at age 14 when the bassist from popular Denver rock group Gnu U heard her experimenting with keyboards in a music store and asked to record her. She became the band's lead singer and songwriter, appearing on local TV and cable shows. At 18 she moved to England where she was courted by EMI records, but then she met producer Robert Bond and legendary songwriter Pete Brown, who understood that she was a special kind of artist, so teamed up to mentor her, and signed her to Brown's independent label instead. After touring in Europe and Asia, the EP Brown produced for her resulted in an offer from Capitol Records in Los Angeles. EvVa was championed by legendary executive Artie Mogull, who had also signed Bob Dylan, Laura Nyro, and Olivia Newton-John, among others during his long career. In the music business upheaval of the late 90's however, the deal failed to happen so Eva formed mini rock orchestra "Tribe Infinity" with virtuoso violinist/singer Deepak Ramaprian. This band eventually split into two groups, EvVa's "Infinity Rock Orchestra" and Deepak's "Breath of Life Tribe," but EvVa contracted whooping cough while on tour and was forced to rent an apartment in Fort Collins, CO where she was bedridden for nearly a year. Thanks to the care of guardian angel Jim Baumli, she survived, and after doing a little acting and other nonsense, EvVa moved to the remote desert where she met and formed "The Great Salt" with arranger/horn player Eric Bamberg, inventor of the Echo 6, a series of polyphonic sirens powered by a jet engine. "The Great Salt" never recorded an album but toured Los Angeles in 2011. "The Great Salt" broke up when Bamberg decided to become a Sanskrit scholar, so EvVa sold or gave away her remaining possessions and holed up in an empty cabin with a laptop, a USB microphone and keyboard, a sample library from the 80' and began her first ever completely solo project, "The Outer Limits," called after the uninhabited area of the desert she was in, experimenting with blending classical music with dance music, incorporating dance beats and tempos with her trademark classical strings, beautiful voice, intelligent (and often funny) lyrics, and virtuoso piano playing. The first single, "Pizza Guy," is about finding the love of her life while she was at the beginning of this project, and he co-stars in the music video which was shot and directed by artist/videographer Spelman Downer and features several of EvVa's favorite desert locations. "The Outer Limits" is now available on iTunes, and CDbaby.