However, Evanson’s musical influences soon took a swift dramatic switch. “It unleashed a wrath unlike anything I had ever heard before,” recalls Evanson about the first time she heard Pearl Jam’s breaking single “Jeremy” on local rock station 99.9 KISW at age 13. She soon after purchased her first album: Pearl Jam’s debut Ten. Evanson’s new interest quickly advanced after her father purchased her an electric violin and amp for Christmas. By the 10th grade, Evanson was fronting her first band: Space Vomit (playing originals plus covers from Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, and Green Day).
“We only played in a garage and lasted for around four months,” laughs Evanson recalling antic memories. After attending punk concerts by bands such as Bad Religion, Seven Year Bitch, and L7 and being bruised by the mosh pits of Seattle’s thriving grunge scene, Evanson’s artistic direction was never the same. While attending college at Western Washington University in 1999, Evanson joined the all-female folk rock act Late Tuesday. Through performances at local coffee shops, cafes, and clubs the band created a devoted following, encouraging the release of a self-titled album in 2001. Gradually, Evanson’s stylistic focus evolved. Pursuing a solo career was inevitable.
“I have always been wired to entertain,” admits Evanson. “I like being able to create a reaction on stage and see the response in the audience.” After moving to Nashville in 2002, Evanson quickly developed her career by recording demos, creating a band, sitting in on songwriter performances (including 2003 BMI Songwriter Of The Year: Jeffrey Steele), and rejecting lucrative record contracts to become the next country pop diva. “I have always constantly fought to be myself artistically,” says Evanson. “I know who I am and I know my desired sound.
If art is not presented by the person who created it, it is just an act read from a script. It’s very important to know yourself as an artist and to prevent yourself from becoming a marketing tool.” Evanson’s persistence was rewarded when Aware Records (John Mayer, Train) recently chose her song “Perfect Mess” to be featured on Aware 10, the label’s prestigious annual independent artist compilation, along with Marc Broussard, The Working Title, and Mae. Evanson’s catchy guitar licks, soaring vocals, piercing violin solos and benevolent lyrics are the result of expressing a heartfelt desire to share herself. “I want my music to reflect my life and for people to get to know me,” says Evanson.
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