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.....
Derek Evans' Living Amongst Animals”, produced by Dan
Diaz, 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
1. Lemons To Aid
2. Michael J. Fox Parkinsons Research
3. 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 track “The Gypsy Song”, 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.”
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, Bob Schneider, Blues Traveler, Seawolf, Greg
Laswell, Anya Marina, and many more. What remains almost as impressive is that, he has managed to do this as an independent musician.
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