Eva James/ Eva James Band

Eva James/ Eva James Band

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Charismatic singer-songwriter rooted in Americana/Acoustic Rock with diverse influences from Country to Swing and Latin. Melodic songs with rich stories, chilling vocals and accomplished musicians.

Biography

Eva grew up in the South in a musical family and moved to L.A. in recent years. As a pro vocalist in the South as well as in Europe, she performed popular music from nearly every genre before she began writing her own songs.

Her first original band experience was with a group called Diamonds and Hearts. Their time together was brief but eventful: their first two gigs at the Strand Theatre ended in encores, and their songs immediately received regular rotation airplay on local college station Album '88, all within their first 2 months together.

But apparently things were moving too fast---the keyboardist and main songwriter Jeff Diamond went into the hospital indefinitely, while the other singer and guitarist (married couple Tina and Andre Ryan) filed for divorce and left the state in opposite directions.

Eva was literally the only one left standing, with nothing but a DAT tape and some photos to remember the experience, yet they continued playing the band's music on the college radio station for another year.

Devastated by the band's breakup, she decided not to pursue any more original music, but instead got a well-paying cover gig with a showband and went back to school.

Her favorite gig in Europe was a piano bar in Amsterdam, where Eddie Vetter came in and asked to sit in, using Eva's guitar. "He was very nice, but he chose a cover from The Who so he didn't really sound like himself" she recalls. "I didn't really believe it was him until returning to the States and seeing him on a TV interview." Thanks to her broad range of musical experience, you'll hear influences from Swing, Country, Latin, and other genres, yet to Eva, these are just natural expressions of her musical moods.

The songwriters who have inspired her the most are Joni Mitchell, early Neil Young, early Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow and Joan Osborne. She's now collaborating with guitarist/bassist/writer Fletcher Rhoden and playing weekly in the L.A. area with her band and acoustically.

Lyrics

Judgement Day

Written By: Marian Galbraith a.k.a Eva James

The writing's on the wall
As it crumbles apart and falls
It says when you sell your soul,
There are some things you can't control

(Chorus)
America, arent you tired
Of fighting fire with fire
You got hearts and you got minds,
You can find a way
To break the cycle to Judgement Day

No one can win
With everybody losing again
If oil's what it's really all about
Then find a way to do without
Yeah, you can find a way to do without

America, aren't you tired
Of fighting fire with fire
You got hearts and you got minds
You can find a way
To break the cycle to Judgement Day

Look how we're running
Running out of time
But if we seek, we shall find
Yeah, we shall find

America, aren't you tired
Of fighting fire with fire?
You got hearts and you got minds
You can find a way
To break the cycle to Judgement Day

Shallow

Written By: Marian Galbraith a.k.a. Eva James

SHALLOW

You’re so shallow,
Yeah, you’re so shallow,
Thank God you’re so shallow
‘Cause I get too deep

But if you hold my hand
And love me a little,
Meet me in the middle,
I’ll be yours to keep

I’ll be up all night, wrestling with anxiety
Over the ills of society

But you’re so shallow,
So refreshingly shallow,
Thank God you’re so shallow
‘Cause I get too deep

You only see the bright side
You’re blind to my doubts,
Blind to my fears.
Shed some light on these shadowy sights
And drown out the voices of doom in my ears

Don’t you ever follow
Me down where I wallow
Rest your head on the pillow
And fall asleep

Baby if you hold my hand
And love me a little,
Meet me in the middle,
I’ll be yours to keep

I’ll be up all night, pondering where we started from
Deep in despair over what we’ve all become

I wish I could be so mellow
Like my light-hearted fellow
Thank God you’re so shallow
‘Cause I get too deep

I Love You Now Change

Written By: Fletcher Rhoden/Eva James

You are the best man
I ever knew
Except for the ones
I was with before you
They had good traits
And I know that you'll see
The more you embrace them,
You'll embrace me

But don't you quit your job
Stop living like a slob
But don't feel bad,
Nothing ever stays the same

I love you, now change, change
I love you, now change, change

Don't form a rock band
Give up those dreasm
Just being kind, sweetheart,
Not being mean
Some day you'll realize
I'm in the right
We'll both look back and we'll
Laugh at this fight

In the meantime stand up straight,
Lose that extra weight
You know that all good things
Come with a little pain

I love you, now change, change
I love you, now change, change

I only want what's best for us
So get on the bus
I only want you to be sure
You're all that you can be and more
Don't you want a future with
Some security
Daddy's got a company,
Maybe there'sa vacancy
So many things I could arrage if You hurry up and change.

I love you, now change, change
I love you, now change, change

Backseat Driver

Written By: Eva James aka Marian Galbraith

With all your help,
who needs a critic?
With all your help
who needs a demolition team?
With all your help
I could be famous
But not as myself,
Just as a puppet on a string
and with all your help
I never felt so helpless
In someone else's dream

Backseat Driver, you want control
Backseat Driver, of my body and soul
Backseat Driver, go on take the wheel, (I'll be yo)
Backseat Driver, see how it feels

With your directions I'm getting lost
Going round in circles
Can't seem to get to the other side
But still you steer me,
Baby, can't you hear me?
My engine's died.

Backseat Driver, you want control
Backseat Driver, of my body and soul
Backseat Driver, go on take the wheel, (I'll be yo)
Backseat Driver, see how it feels

With all your help, I could be famous
But not as myself, just as a
Puppet on a string
Never lifting a finger,
Just being the singer,
You're pullin' everything

Backseat Driver, you want control
Backseat Driver, of my body and soul
Backseat Driver, go on take the wheel, (I'll be yo)
Backseat Driver, see how it feels

Discography

"Love & War" full length Cd (cdbaby.com)
Newer Recordings available for download or streaming on www.myspace.com/evajamesmusic
Also, streaming audio from Love & War cd on my website, www.evajamesmusic.com

Set List

Set is 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on venue.
Some songs from first cd: Shallow, Intimacy, Love & War, Paradigm; new songs: Judgment Day, I Love You Now Change, California Dream, Backseat Driver, What's Been Missing; maybe a cover from Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks (Landslide), or Joni Mitchell, or maybe my version of "My Funny Valentine" or other standard.