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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE

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"Lively Native Hits High Note at Home and Abroad"

She speaks, writes and sings of SHE. Self-respect, Hope and Empowerment.

She is Angela Evans, award-winning recording artist and keynote speaker set to embark on a unique month-long tour that will see her perform in Washington (D.C.), Montreal, Sudbury and New Jersey sharing her stories and songs of hope.

Evans, formerly known as Angie Nussey, took a two-year sabbatical from the music business to create and record an album and launch a speaking career that is quickly garnering the attention of the world’s biggest names.

In Washington, Evans is the lone Canadian of four international artists invited to perform at the Global Woman Summit. A three-day event comprised of various educational topics concerning women, headlined by such influential celebrities as Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

Evans will be performing both at the Opening Ceremonies October 8th, and at the Awards Ceremony on October 11th. “I think they chose me because they understood what my message is and realized that it would be a perfect fit for a celebration of ideas and conversation like this,” says Evans from her Toronto home.

Evans’ message is simple: Hope. Her new musical album, “Still Hope”, has taken aim at the Canadian charts with radio play across the country and has been even more enthusiastically received internationally with airplay across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and parts of Europe and Africa.

“I wanted to create music that can make you feel good while still holding true to the issues and values that I see as being the at forefront of change,” insists Evans. “It’s one thing to hear words of inspiration – it’s quite another to tap your feet to them.”

Recently announced on her website, Evans will also be making an appearance in Sudbury this year as a Keynote speaker at the “i wanna feel good” conference in November.

“My life coach, and good friend Julie Dénommé told me about this conference a while ago, and I knew it was an event in my hometown that I wanted to be a part of,” says Evans.

Private shows in Montreal and New Jersey will fill out Evans’ whirlwind fall, but it’s not the location or the number of women in attendance that matters to her.

“I simply want to shine my light as bright as I can in hopes that I will attract like-minded people with a like-minded purpose,” affirms Evans. “I’ve been given a rare opportunity, and like any opportunity, big or small, it requires me to do my best.”

We have no doubt, SHE will.

“Still Hope” is available through all major retailers across Canada as well as internationally via major digital distributors.

For info on Angela Evans and her music please visit: www.officialangelaevans.com

For info on the Global Woman Summit please visit: www.globalwomansummit.org

For info on the i wanna feel good conference, please visit: www.iwannafeelgood.ca - Music and Film in Motion


"Top Female Singers: Review - Angela Evans Still Hope"

I really don’t know what to categorize it as, other than Masterpiece. Angela Evans ‘ new CD, Still Hope, is transformative – amazing, unique, inspiring, otherworldly, and the most beautiful, soulful, daring and energizing message music to emerge in a very long time. Hauntingly beautiful, Angela Evans' voice and her inspired song-writing are a powerful combination, destined to inspire millions.
Renaissance: Formerly performing as Angie Nussey, Angela Evans is garnering international attention with her entry into the Positive Change Movement.


One of Canada’s most celebrated, awarded and respected Independent singer/songwriters of the past decade, she has a large fan base and has been recognized by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, The International John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the Toronto Independent Music Awards to name only a few.
To Perform at Global Summit: Using her gift of voice and creative talent, she was recognized as one of today’s top female singers and was slated to perform in Washington D.C. at the Global Woman's Summit this fall. Had the Summit not been postponed for security reasons, Evans would have shared the stage with guest speakers including US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, as well as Oprah Winfrey.

The CD’s title song, Still Hope, is a powerful lyrical foundation for the album. When she sings "May I always be one of the million who still believe," the unmistakeable feelings of hope and joy rings out, loud, clear and poignant. Her emotionally charged Warm Hands, and Your Lucky Day are receiving a lot of air play and guaranteed to take you back to a special time, while acknowledging struggle and tough times. Quiet Room, the CD’s first track, literally stopped me in my tracks. Never has a musical interpretation of the power of the human spirit touched me so deeply. With a call to Stand Up!, and the sound of a World Music base drum beating, it will raise the hairs on your neck. From Whisper in the Air’s I can hear it… to the last track – Victory, you will want to listen again and again. Every track is a powerful inspirational song, a message and a truth, for strength, transformation and hope.

The Sound: Angela Evans and her husband Quentin Evans founded the Indie label Hope Café Records, and produced Still Hope, which I predict is destined for huge impact worldwide. The sound of Still Hope? Think of our top female singers, songwriters and message artists, and draw out the most angelic and inspiring sounds – Loreena McKennitt, Celine Dion, Adele, Alicia Keys, Emilou Harris, Sarah MacLachlan, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell. Now add a world music sound, international voices and children doing back up, choruses that literally get audiences up on their feet plus guitar and keyboards that tug at the heartstrings or send you to a memory, a deepest wish and… hope.

The Power of Inspirational Songs: Not since Patricia Cano’s Home Again and her This is The New Earth CD, have I been so moved by new music. Top female singers working within the positive change movement know the effectiveness of inspirational songs as catalysts for healing, tools for change initiatives and as law of attraction techniques . Music Therapy programs are growing worldwide as powerful strategies to help people attract more of what they truly want and need, and less of what they do not.

Voices Rising for Good I had the pleasure of hearing Angela Evans live for the first time recently at the I Wanna Feel Good Conference: Delivering Happiness. No one left that room unmoved. With a hint of her feisty spirit, one of Angela’s favorite quotes is "If we're going to go down, we might as well go down swinging." We now get to enjoy following the rise of her incredible gift of voice and song on the world stage of the positive change movement. Fortunate us! - Visionairease


"Angela Evans Hits High Note"


By: Jenny Jelen - Sudbury Northern Life Staff

Angela Evans is at a new place in her life, which has brought her to a new place in her career.
The Lively-born songstress, formerly known as Angela Nussey, went through a “transition” about five years ago.
While living in Toronto, change began to happen when she realized that she was responsible for the way she was feeling. Positive, like-minded people began to surround her, and her life took an upward spin. “It all came together as one whole package.”
The result of her metamorphosis was "Still Hope". The album is full of “hopeful, empowering and inspiration music,” Evans said.
“We've had some great feedback (about the album),” she said. Confirmation of her successes came with an invitation to perform at the Global Woman Summit.
On Oct. 8 and 11, Evans will take the stage in Washington, D.C., at the same conference speakers like Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey will be headlining.
“I think they chose me because they understood what my message is and realized that it would be a perfect fit for a celebration of ideas and conversation like this,” Evans stated.
“I wanted to create music that can make you feel good while still holding true to the issues and values that I see as being at the forefront of change. It’s one thing to hear words of inspiration – it’s quite another to tap your feet to them.”
If you can't catch her in Washington, Evans will be in Sudbury this November. She is speaking and singing at the ????
She will also be making an appearance in Sudbury this year as a Keynote speaker at the "i wanna feel good" conference, held in November.
For more information about Evans and her upcoming projects, check out her website at www.officialangelaevans.com.
- Northern Life - Oct. 2011


""Still Hope" for Angie"

ENT cover story: 'Still Hope' for Angie

The time has come for Angela Evans to make her mark. And not just on a musical note.

Evans, formerly known as Angie Nussey, has been garnering international attention.

And it's not because she's launched a new clothing line or fragrance like most musicians
do these days as they try to reinvent themselves.

"I think there's a time in life when you start to feel as though you have an opportunity to use your voice in a positive way," Evans said over the phone from Toronto.

"I feel like that time is coming for me now."

With the launch of a new album in March and fresh look on life, the Lively native is set to tour with a message of hope. The award-winning folk musician has turned her focus to motivational speaking. It was a natural fit for her, as she transitioned to the adult contemporary genre, she said.

"I think it's always been there in the distance," Evans said about launching a speaking career.

"Even when I was performing a few years ago, I ended up with these interesting gigs

where I would be speaking as well as singing."

Using her voice to sing and convey a message was something Evans has always done, whether she was conscious of it or not.

"I've always talked more than most between songs. At least this way I can talk about the songs and incorporate them into a show."

Her new album, Still Hope, is a culmination of work dating back from 2008. (Evans was writing songs the same time she was recording the album in 2010.)
Evan's music has matured, as has her voice, both in sound and message.

"I've become more of a hopeful person," she said.
In the title song Still Hope, Evans repeats the phrase "May I always be one of the millions who still believe."

This positive message has led her to be on the same guest list as America's highest-profile people. Evans was invited to the Global Woman's Summit in Washington D.C. to perform songs from her new album. The summit includes guest speakers like Barack and Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey. The show was schedule for early October, but was postponed for security reasons. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
Evans said she feels as though she's grown into herself as a person and artist. She went through some soul searching a few years ago, which made her realize she could make her own happiness.

"I always sort of assumed my happiness was based on external factors," said Evans. "As much as I was happy on the outside in public, I was often struggling on the inside."

Today, Evans said she feels more balanced thanks to some great mentors, motivational literature and deep meditation. And love, of course, played an integral part in her evolution.

"I've changed and I've finally met this wonderful man who kept that momentum of goodness in my life," said Evans.

"It made for a great new type of album and new type of music."

Her husband, Quentin Evans (hence her name change), runs the independent label Hope Records Café that produced her album.

"He's a fantastic businessperson, but a very sensitive individual with the same values as me," said Evans, who had her own music label but changed the name to Hope Café Records as the couple joined forces.

"In the far distance we have a vision of having an actual Hope Café," laughed
Evans. "His side will serve chicken wings and beer and my side will have yoga classes, meditation and tofu."

Closer to home, Evans will give a workshop at the I Wanna Feel Good Conference in Sudbury Nov. 11, 12 and 13. Through her workshop entitled, "I wanna feel inspired", Evans talks and sings about her personal journey while answering questions like "Where do I find hope?" and "What will empower me when I feel weak?"

Presenting at a conference like this gives Evans the opportunity to surround herself with amazing people which in turn makes her feel good.

I Wanna Feel Good will be held at the Days Inn. The three-day event aims to gather like-minded people from diverse backgrounds to explore that feel good feeling and share an interest in personal, spiritual, professional growth and expansion.
For more information, go to www.iwannafeelgood.ca.
- Sudbury Star - Oct 2011


"Angela Evans - Still Hope"

Imagine an uncompromising union between Josh Grobin, Sarah McLaughlin and Celine Dion... and that only begins to set the stage for this unique talent.
Teeming with lyrical profundity, melodic emotion and reverential vocals, Angela Evans' debut album, "Still Hope", serves notice that the Canadian music scene is about to become much brighter.
If one could imagine an uncompromising union between Josh Grobin, Sarah McLaughlin and Celine Dion... it would only begin to set the stage for this unique Canadian talent.
The album is a story unto itself, created in the throw-back model of record-making where every track weaves itself into the bigger picture. Crafting every element of the album - songwriting, instrumentation and production - Evans has successfully delivered on the biggest undertaking of her life to date.
Perhaps it is that ardent belief in others that makes Evans such a rare voice in today's music landscape. Perhaps it is a mindset we should all take another look at adopting.
May we all be, Angela, one of those million who still believe... - Music Arts Monthly


""Still Hope" for the Ears of the World"

ONTARIO, Canada: The highly anticipated debut album, “Still Hope”, from Canadian musician Angela Evans is set for international release this Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

The lead single off her new album, “Your Lucky Day”, has already taken aim at the Canadian charts with radio play across the country, but has been even more enthusiastically received internationally with airplay across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and parts of Europe and Africa.

This early success has led to a viral buzz surrounding the question, “just who is this girl with the breathtaking voice and inspiring words”?

Angela Evans, is in fact, the new face of one of Canada’s most celebrated, awarded and respected Independent singer/songwriters of the past decade.

Performing under the name “Angie Nussey” for the past 12 years, Evans garnered extensive critical acclaim and awards from esteemed juries such as the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, The International John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the Toronto Independent Music Awards to name only a few.

Evans’ transition from Folk to Adult Contemporary represents a growth in musicianship and is bolstered by her new album, best described as “an uncompromising union between Josh Groban, Sarah McLaughlin and U2”.

Teeming with empowering lyrics, melodic vitality and reverential vocals, “Still Hope” sends a clear message that this venerated musician is about to be discovered by a whole new audience – the mainstream.

“Still Hope” is available through all major retailers across Canada as well as internationally via major digital distributors and samples of the music can be heard at www.officialangelaevans.com.

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Discography

'Your Lucky Day' (from album "Still Hope")
Airplay (North America): February 2011

'Whisper in the Air' (from album "Still Hope")
Airplay (International): March 2011

"Still Hope" - official album launch
Tuesday March 1, 2011

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“May I always be, one of the million, who still believe”.

Welcome to the mindset of Canada’s next great musician.

Teeming with lyrical profundity, melodic emotion and reverential vocals, Angela Evans’ debut album, “Still Hope”, serves notice that the Canadian music scene is about to become much brighter.

If one could imagine an uncompromising union between Josh Grobin, Sarah McLaughlin and Celine Dion… it would only begin to set the stage for this unique Canadian talent.

The album is a story unto itself, created in the throw-back model of record-making where every track weaves itself into the bigger picture. Crafting every element of the album – songwriting, instrumentation and production – Evans has successfully delivered on the biggest undertaking of her life to date.

“This album has been the greatest challenge of my musical career,” says Evans. “I truly hope fans can feel and hear the results of that journey in each song.”

At the helm of the album is the anthemic “Still Hope”. Embracing the same spirit as fellow Canadian K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag”, it brims with the essence of optimism and global change.

“I think there has been an incredible shift in awareness,” relays Evans. “It can make you feel helpless if there is no sense of hope to balance this new understanding. I wrote ‘Still Hope’ so that I would have something to repeat in my head during those moments of fear and weakness.”

Having already been honoured in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and receiving radio play across Canada, “Warm Hands” dives into the essence of the father-daughter relationship with unrestrained emotion. Set within the confines of a family torn apart by divorce, childhood memories and present-day boundaries collide to create a timeless classic.

“Amazingly this song came directly from a frustrating conversation, and accompanying epiphany, with my Dad,” admits Evans. “We finally came to this great place of understanding and acceptance with each other and ‘Warm Hands’ just came flying out!”

“Whisper in the Air” was a song first conceived during Evans’ visit to Zimbabwe in 2007, where she performed with Dudu Menhenga and the Zimbabwean Idol winner at a benefit show for Women with HIV and AIDS. Sponsored by the Canadian Government, the concert drew both fan and critical acclaim and helped inspire this melodic catalyst of hope.

“Without a doubt my experience in Zim was absolutely life-altering,” says Evans. “My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay with friends during our visit and their unwavering belief that better times were coming inspired me in such a powerful and poignant way.” Evans adds that “the concert helped cement my belief in the goodness and strength of people – even those who truly are living in the direst of circumstances.”

In keeping with her much-heralded reputation for crafting distinctively powerful songs about love, Evans spins a tale woven through the metaphor of her (secret) nautical passion that intimately captures the courage necessary to embrace a lifelong commitment to another.

“This song actually started as a poem to my husband,” offers Evans. “But I really wanted to include it on the album because I think it is something that anyone who has been in love before, and has now found their life partner, can relate to.”

A hauntingly beautiful spirituality lingers in the melodies and verses of “The River” while “Mother” challenges its listeners to reconsider their relationship with the world.

“It’s funny, I really think these two songs are related,” muses Evans. “They both acknowledge the Earth as a living being. She might sit in the background without saying a word, but she is always there protecting us, teaching us and offering us wonderful backdrops to fall in love against.”

The name for “Quiet Room” emerged from an online contest where fans submitted their suggestions of a title for the song many claim to be the most emotionally stirring track on the album. Evans, who hand-picked the winning entry, was astonished at the creativity and depth of the submitted titles.

“I was completely blown away by how clever and beautiful so many of the titles were,” she says in awe. “I absolutely adore being able to connect on a personal level with fans and I am so thankful that so many people took the time and effort to offer such thoughtful suggestions.”

In keeping with her lifelong commitment to empowering women (and men) across the world, “Swan Song”, “Your Lucky Day” and “Heart of a Woman” compel both genders to embrace their own melodic pulse, beating deep within themselves.

“I wouldn’t ever say I write for women,” contends Evans. “Don’t get me wrong, I feel so honoured to be engaged with so many charities that focus on empowering women and am thrilled that my songs or stories can add to that cause, but I am really just writing what I know, and I hope that everyone, men and women alike, can take something from it that works for them at that time in the