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Pop   Classical   Gothic   Indie   Unclassifiable   Dance Electronica   Experimental   Rock  

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EvVa, who has been called by her peers a "national treasure," is one of the more exciting unsigned music artists living in the US. Daughter of a concert pianist father and a fine artist mother, EvVa began classical music studies at age five and started writing songs at age seven. She began her professional career at age 14 when she met producer/bassist "El Mago" (Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Pat Benatar) in a Denver music store where he found her experimenting with synthesizers in a back room. Her father allowed El Mago to record her early songs at Colorado Sound Studios where he was then working with Pat Benatar. She became a local celebrity, appearing on Colorado TV and cable shows. At 18 EvVa moved to London, England where she was courted by EMI records. New friend Malcolm Bruce, son of Jack of CREAM, introduced her to legendary songwriter Pete Brown, who signed her to his independent label. During this time EvVa was also part of an innovative group of musicians recording at Commercial Road Studios, notably Chris Bemand, who became founder of Marden Hill and creator of Acid Jazz and Jo Kerr, co-writer of Thomas Dolby's huge hit "She Blinded Me With Science." The EP Pete Brown produced for her resulted in an offer from Capitol Records in Los Angeles. There EvVa was championed by legendary executive Artie Mogull, who had also signed Bob Dylan, Laura Nyro, and Olivia Newton-John among others during his illustrious career. She recorded several demos with different producers, notably John Philip Shenale (Tori Amos), producer/artist Terry Wollman, and Bill Meyers (Earth Wind & Fire, Brian McKnight) but it was difficult to fit her into any existing mold. EvVa felt that she was not getting the sound she wanted, and as an artist she needed to experiment further. She formed a 9 piece rock band called "Kali Yuga" with bassist Andre Manga, and a rock orchestra, "Tribe Infinity" with violinist/singer Deepak Ramaprian. These two groups played all the major L.A. clubs. But then everything changed. In the chaos that ensued as many traditional record companies and other entertainment entities changed how they do business or closed down, EvVa retired from music to have a family and a 'normal' life. But she was terrible at domestic life and the muse would not be silenced, so she moved to the remote desert east of L.A. near Joshua Tree where she holed up in an old cabin with a laptop, a USB microphone and keyboard, and a digital sample library from the 80's and began her first completely solo project, "The Outer Limits," so-called after the virtually uninhabited area of the desert she was in. She began experimenting with blending her original classical and pop ideas with electronic music beats and sounds, incorporating her trademark stacked vocals, sly and often funny lyrics, and virtuoso keyboard playing. The resulting album got great reviews from her peers, but EvVa knew that they were right in suggesting that the original recordings of "The Outer Limits" would need to be re-mixed by an experienced professional to be commercially marketable. This person turned out to be Grammy-nominated producer David Scheffler, who also lived in Joshua Tree and had heard about EvVa. Scheffler introduced himself to her at her first performance of the new music and offered to remix her album. The result is "EvVa," an exuberant, highly original collection of piano-based classical/electronic/rock songs about conspiracy theories, erotic obsession, and spiritual longing. EvVa now lives in Seattle, WA.

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