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Sunday, 5 April, 2009 10:31 AM

CMA New Artist Spotlight: 'Dan Evans'

Photo by Gregg Roth

EMG recording artist Dan Evans

 

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2009 CMA Close Up News Service

That notion inspired this young singer/ songwriter to take a break from his budding musical career in the Chicago area and sign up for the Spring 2008 season of NBC-TV's "The Biggest Loser." Eighteen million viewers followed him and his mother Jackie as they brought their lifelong battles with obesity into the national spotlight.

That battle ended triumphantly, with Evans trimming down from 310 to 174 pounds by the final episode. With that, the season ended but another adventure began, as he went to work on Goin' All Out, his EMG debut album, produced by Jim Kimball and Russ DeSalvo and distributed by EMG Fontana and Universal Music Group.

Having played guitar since age 4, Evans flaunts a strong musical sensibility on these 11 tracks, four of which he co-wrote and all of which he sings with a distinctive delivery. His smoky vocal timbre gives him an intimate, conversational tone on quieter passages, and when he reaches into his upper range, he summons a soulful, emphatic quality that's somewhat reminiscent of Huey Lewis.

The title cut serves as his first single. Written by Evans along with Kimball and Stephanie Lewis, it has the kind of catchy melody and slamming rhythm fans of Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban would appreciate. Add to that an exuberance that surely comes in part from having beaten the odds and scored an important personal victory on national television, and it's clear that a little Evans goes a long way.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

DREAM DUET PARTNER
"Taylor Swift and/or Keith Urban."

INFLUENCES
"Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts."

HOMETOWN
"Frankfort, Ill."

BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
"The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield."

ACTOR TO PLAY YOU IN A BIOPIC
"Chris Farley for the first half and Brad Pitt for the second half."

FAVORITE FOOD ON TOUR
"Lean Pockets."

WORD OR PHRASE YOU SAY OVER AND OVER
"Come on, with your come on."

SOMETHING WE'D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU
"I'm extremely good at free-style rapping."

MODE OF TRANSPORTATION YOU PREFER
"Passenger."

WHEN THEY LOOK BACK ON YOUR LIFE IN 50 YEARS, WHAT YOU HOPE PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU
"He kept the weight off."

GREATEST SHORT- AND LONG-TERM CHALLENGES
"Selling my records and keeping the weight off."

ITEMS YOU'D PUT IN YOUR PERSONAL TIME CAPSULE FOR FUTURE ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES
"Keith Urban's Golden Road album, "Biggest Loser Season 5" DVDs, a ticket to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and a Diet Coke."

WHAT YOU'D BE IF YOU WEREN'T A MUSICAL ARTIST
"A summer camp counselor."

On the Web: www.danevansmusic.com

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