Lahaina, Hawaii (WiredPRNews) It has taken Brian Evans a long time to see things transition into something that started as a dream. In his case, there were a series of them. It was never expected that as he threw caution to the wind, and whatever he could at the wall, that things would take the turns they have been taking.
“I typically threw everything at the wall to see what sticks,” says the young crooner. “I didn’t anticipate that everything would stick.”
Originally from a small town in Massachusetts, Haverhill, a city about forty miles south of Boston, Evans began his career as an actor and cartoon voice-over artist. As a boy he appeared on the local Massachusetts community television show, “Community Auditions,” and after singing the Christopher Cross song, “Best That You Can Do,” the phone-in voting brought him in third place. Then 11, Evans had to claim he was 13 to get on the show.
“I came in third to some guy who sang ‘Truly’ by Lionel Richie, and I believe a magician” says Evans. “I was surprised, too. I called and voted for myself like a hundred times,” he laughs.
His mother can attest to those phone bills as a boy. At times, she would receive phone bills over $1,000 a month, and that was in the late 80’s. After a divorce, Evans and mother drove to Los Angeles with nothing to lose. After roles on such popular television programs as “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Death Wish IV,” (with the late Charles Bronson), “Book of Love,” with Michael McKean, and as the likeable “John” (Kimmy just liked “calling him Keanu”) on ABC’s “Full House,” Evans decided that music was his passion.
“Singing was never something I called. It called me, only for a while I wasn’t answering because I was still in the mode of caring about what everyone else thought about me,” says Evans. “I was often getting into trouble, and I just did some stupid things while figuring out who I was.”
This brought Evans to Canada, where alongside Michael Buble, the two crooned at “Babalu’s” in Vancouver, BC. Evans performed on Saturday nights, Buble performed on Sunday’s. Evans recorded a CD, and without the money to record a big band CD, he licensed karaoke tracks from Pocket Songs. Pocket Songs, not believing there would be any likely success from such licenses, would then see the karaoke based big band CD rocket to # 1 in Canada.
“It was hilarious,” says Evans. “All the reviews were talking about how great the band was, and it was hysterical.”
That success, and the subsequent release (which now had an authentic band), had Evans featured in Time Magazine’s Canadian equivalent, Macleans Magazine, and on every national network radio and TV show in the country. Then, of course, Vegas called. After eight years performing on the Las Vegas strip after debuting at The Desert Inn, the old stomping ground of Frank Sinatra, Evans became bored and decided Maui was the place he wanted to spend some time. With his music being licensed on shows ranging from “So You Think You Can Dance” to “Big Shots” to about a dozen others, Evans then got a phone call from long time friend Ahmet Zappa. As kids, the two collaborated on a story entitled “Horrorscope.”
“It was like 15 years after we wrote it that Ahmet pursued his own path to success, and I got a phone call out of the blue that we were going to finally be in a position to see this happen,” says Evans.
The Daily Variety reported the story will not only be made into a major motion picture, but also enter the world of toys, video games, and other media.
“Horrorscope is going to be the biggest thing on the planet,” says Evans. “When this thing pops, wow.”
But never one to be able to sit on his hands, Evans created “The Maui Celebrity Series,” (www.themauicelebrityseries.com) a monthly concert held at The Maui Theatre, home to the popular production “Ulalena,” which until Evans had not held celebrity-oriented concerts. The series is now being developed to go national.
“Ahmet and I, along with Tom Arnold and a great producer named Bill Sarine are going to make what was originally a 680 seat venue a twenty million seater,” says Evans.
Sponsors who originally didn’t know enough about the show to want to participate are now lining up for the opportunity. Evans, who intends on writing a book about his travels, says he’s been thinking of several names for it.
“I’m thinking of doing a series of them throughout my life. Something like ‘What I did while I was here, Version 1,’ and so on,” he says. “I couldn’t fit everything in a book if I waited until I’m older to write it.”
That then brings us to what will be Brian’s first major label release. The CD will feature nine original songs by Evans, and again…Ahmet Zappa’s name will appear as a writer on the track “Super Spy.” A duet with Kelly Osbourne, MOS DEF, and others are being arranged for the CD.
“In this day and age, you have to do something different. There are no record companies anymore,” says Evans.
But a film, a TV show, a book and the powerhouse producers involved won’t hurt his ability to make certain his CD receives the attention he wants it to. You might even call it the calm before the storm. Evans was once linked to Angelina Jolie, and is written of in the New York Times Best Seller “Angelina,” written by Andrew Morton. Evans, however, is mostly silent on his personal life, but offered the following before stopping himself.
“I’m complicated. People either get me or they don’t. I don’t get out much, and maybe that’s good, maybe that’s bad. Relationships tend to stress me out, and I don’t have the time to develop them the way others do. That can be a problem when someone isn’t from my world and I can be a bit overwhelming. It’s not something I mean to do, I just do it. I think that my being a performer has always had me get to know people quick from the stage, and it’s a gift. However it’s not really a gift when your alone with someone, because they don’t understand the mindset. I know pretty much everyone better than they know me, at least at first. I just feel things more than I hear them. Sometimes people don’t like your voice as much in person as they might from a stage, so I tend to stray from finding out.” Well said.
Evans next hosts the concert “Hal Sparks – Live on Maui” on Saturday, October 25th. On December 18th, Evans, comedian Rita Rudner, with special guest William Shatner will grace the stage of The Maui Theatre, followed by comedian Tom Arnold and Cheech Marin on December 30th. A scheduled October 28th concert by Evans may be delayed due to sudden schedule conflicts. When released, his CD will be distributed to over 60 countries.