DEREK EVANS RETURNS FROM ILLNESS WITH NEW ALBUM ‘LIVING AMONGST ANIMALS’
FIRST SINGLE ‘THE WIND CRIES’ IS A MELODY DRIVEN ANTHEM THAT CHALLENGES WHO WE ARE, STATING I WANT TO BE…..
(Los Angeles, Calif.; July 6, 2011)
Derek Evans’ ‘Living Amongst Animals,’ produced by Dan Diaz, will be released on May 22, 2012. His album was funded by his fans with his campaign “Music With A Cause” via PledgeMusic. PledgeMusic is an avenue where musicians rely on the fans to raise money for their album. In return the artists provide various incentives including pre-release copies, signed material, and tour memorabilia. The artist also chooses a charity to donate portions of what is raised. At the time of the campaign, Evans was very ill battling a palsy in his left eye and having a tumor behind his right eye, almost losing complete vision. During half of the campaign, Evans was in the hospital recovering. In the end he exceeded his goal and has currently raised 176% of his goal with portions going to three charities:
- Lemons To Aid
- Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research
- Dana Farber Cancer Research for his friend who recently passed away after a year long battle with a very rare form of cancer.
The albums first single, “The Wind Cries” clearly marks a defining moment in ones life and
challenges who we are what we will become. This track alone, clearly marks a stepping stone for Evans with regards to songwriting, musicianship, and overall production.
“I spent 6 years touring around the country as a solo artist”, says Evans. In that time, I had
lost my grandfather, spent two long periods in and out of the hospital due to illness, and in the end I discovered my passion for people, life, and this earth. You can hear his travels through the Redwood Forest in the opening track “The Gypsy Song”, the moment he met the woman he fell in love with in “Yellow Steps”, the moment he started reflecting on his entire life in “Down The Line”, and even the moments where he was battling himself and was trying to find his way with “The Wind Cries.”
Derek Evans will begin supporting “Living Amongst Animals” with his new band “Derek Evans and The Evergreens” on August 23, 2011 as he headlines the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach- followed by a west coast and mid-west tour. Derek Evans and The Evergreens consist of Steven Carter on Saxaphone, Ryan PK Brown on Stand Up Bass, and rotating members on Keys, Drums, and Lead Guitar. Their first show was in December 2010, where they had a full crowd Porters Pub at UCSD.
Sharing the stages with a range of artists are a defining trait that seem to have validated his mark in the industry. Evans has toured and/or shared the stages with Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Everclear, Blues Traveler, The Rescues, Erin McCarley, Greg Laswell, Anya Marina, Rusted Root, Bob Schneider, and many more. What remains almost as impressive is that, he has managed to do this as an independent musician.
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