It’s not often that you come across an artist who has the ability to blend a truly unique sound with empowering, soulful and sexy lyrics. Angie Evans smoothly combines these elements in a performance that always leaves you wanting more. Angie recorded her first EP in 2003, while she was attending Cal State University Long Beach earning her BA in Creative Writing and Womyn’s Studies. Through her academic experience, she came to understand the potential of music had in creating social change. Angie identifies as a queer-butch womyn, feminist, poet and community organizer.
Angie has built a strong local and national fan base through her prominent internet presence and tours. She regularly performs in the Los Angeles area with her all female band: Shryu (bass), Jessica Lankford (drums), Chi Austin (sax). Currently, they are working on a new album slated for release in the fall of 2011.
Angie is a Taurus, was raised in the Bay Area and loves her kitty, Zami. She believes in organic gardening, tattoos, listening to records, tie collecting, themed parties and long walks on the beach.
Angie's music is a gift. She has said, "My music is not just for me, it is for those who listen" and this is evident in her songs and her performance. Her music is intoxicating and her message stays with you long after the song ends. One listen will leave you feeling liberated, motivated, aroused, empowered, and full of positive energy.
Shryu - Bass
Jessica Lankford - Drums
Chi Austin - Sax
Angie Evans self titled EP 2003
'Bootleg Tracks' 2005, Self-Released
‘Cycle of Fruit’ 2008, Independent Freedom Tribe Records
This out-queer Long Beach, Calif., star goes nationwide with a compelling debut 12-track disc of sax-filled soulful folk-pop. The bold and irresistibly funky "My Politic" rocks my world! - Curve Magazine
Rising Star: Angie Evans
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Having established herself as a prominent Long Beach-based musician, singer/songwriter Angie Evans (...Having established herself as a prominent Long Beach-based musician, singer/songwriter Angie Evans (http://www.myspace.com/angieevans) is parlaying her Southern California, grassroots popularity into a full-fledged national career. On March 29, 2008, Evans will travel to San Diego as a featured performer for the city’s 2008 Indie Music Festival. With her upcoming debut album, Cycle of Fruit, set to release around late March/early April, Evans is proof the Long Beach music scene — which has yielded international superstars like Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, Sublime and Snoop Dogg — may serve as a destination for talented hopefuls not yet swayed by Hollywood.
“Long Beach presented a good starting point for me – there was a big LGBT community in which to begin,” Evans says. She began playing locally in 2003, and word soon spread about the talented singer. “I had never performed before, so I was just looking for coffee shops to play at – ‘songwriter’ nights, open-mics.”
Although she garners tremendous support from the gay and lesbian community, Evans has carved out a career that transcends labels -— labels that occasionally can lead to pigeonholing of an artist. She gained momentum playing showcases at places such as DiPiazza’s and Blue Café, and in a short period, Evans has built a strong fan base and sold thousands of copies of her self-produced EP, as well as “Bootleg Tracks” of songs included in the upcoming CD.
Intermittently dubbed “politically charged” and “sexually profound,” Evans’ repertoire features a solid mix of themes catering both to social antipathy and emotional hunger, without ever boxing her appeal into one category.
“Each song I write comes naturally. With all the songs on the album – it’s not a concept album. These are songs I’ve written over the past three years. I don’t want to take an angle,” she says, although she explains why these two elements strongly come across in her songs. “All people are walking politics – I am; you are. Just being gay, trans, black, a woman, a lesbian – they are being political by their sheer existence. When I play a song like ‘My Politic,’ that political element comes out. I don’t have a political agenda in my music, but I have a political agenda in my life, and that may come through in my music.
“As far as the sensual element of my songs, I see it as this: Being a woman who loves women, I feel that being with a woman is tasty, it’s visual, it’s encompassing,” she continues. “It’s so – when I think of sex with a woman, I don’t just think I’m having sex. I think words, I think poetry. I feel blessed to be a lesbian.”
Although Evans credits social-networking Web sites for her continued appeal, it’s clear that to mention her name when touring downtown L.B. clubs is a sure sign you’re “in the know” about the local music scene. After putting downloads of her songs on her MySpace page, the singer’s popularity surged, making her one of the most popular local acts, spurring continuous invites to play events such as Ladyfest, Pride festivals in Long Beach, San Diego and Phoenix, as well as featured performances at The Whisky A Go Go and BB Kings.
Yet, even with her myriad successes in such short time, she still feels growing pains. “In terms of my evolution, I still feel like a baby,” she says. “I haven’t even started my career. There’s so much more to start – after the album is released. I’ve always had the idea of ‘play, play, play,’ so I don’t think I ever had it in my head that ‘I’ve got to do ‘this’ because I’m going to be famous.’ I play venues, and my evolution has been organic. To get where I am happened naturally.”
While her heart and soul exude a passion for creativity, Evans still maintains a concerted effort for women’s rights, and her music serves as a vehicle to carry a message of abuse-prevention and empowerment efforts. Nevertheless, despite being on the cusp of an international breakout with the release of Cycle of Fruit, Evans has no plans to lessen her Long Beach ties, and she expresses her passion for the journey toward achieving her goals.
“Over the years, I’ve figured out how to be comfortable performing,” she enthuses. “To become an independent artist takes time. The real success is watching yourself – and the crowds – grow.”
Angie Evans "self-titled" EP
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"...the music that flows from Angie would only be best described as a collision of funk, jazz, soul ..."...the music that flows from Angie would only be best described as a collision of funk, jazz, soul and a little bit of folk all wrapped up in a long winding road of poetry...Funky, captivating, edgy music that will make you fall over. Twice".
TYPICAL SET LIST (No Covers, 45 minutes)
Cycle of Fruit
What to Do
Love & Music
OTHER ORIGINAL SONGS
A Call To Action
Make Me Sing
Life in Flames
COVER SONGS (for longer sets)
You Make Me Wanna - Usher
By your Side - Sade
Freak - Adina Howard
CandyRain - Soul 4 Real
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Sex u Up (remixed) - Color me Badd
Long Walk - Jill Scott
Gin n' Juice (remixed) - Snoop Dog
Set ranges from 25 to 45 minutes. We can accomodate to making either our set long or short. We have covers that we play that range from folk to soul. We choose our covers according to the venues we play.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.