Jay Evans Slows it Down for Emerge Showcase During Canadian Music Week [Article]
Toronto, ON - Canadian Music Week – a period of time where you will never see more guitar cases, whacky outfits and carts of equipment being hauled down one street. Sidewalks filled with people outside of different venues pretty much sums up the look of College and Bathurst on Thursday, March 21st where, Emerge, a showcase for up and coming talent stemming from genres such as R&B and Rock, all the way down to Indie and Jazz, took place. Amongst the spectacular line-up of performers was Jay Evans, a Canadian singer and producer who pulls from genres like R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop and Dance to create his sound.
Jay Evans had recently opened up for R&B sensations, Ginuwine and Bobby Valentino in mid January, but this particular performance was different. For the first time in his career, Evans was backed by a live band. He took to the stage to perform “Love Me,” “Diamond Girl,” “Boss,” and “Top of The World”. Evans’ performance was practically seamless – ladies in the venue hollered as he hit his unique falsetto and showed love to everyone who had come out to support the talent that evening. Continue reading the rest after the jump.
After his 20 minute set of all original songs, I pulled Evans aside to speak to him about his performance and Canadian Music Week. The only word that came to Evans’ mind when describing his time on stage was ‘amazing.’ What was truly amazing was the fact that his main focus was to mention how thankful he was to have his friends, family, band and singers there to support him instead of reflecting on his own actions that evening. “It was amazing! The band was amazing, my background singers were amazing. Just to see the family and everybody there was amazing.” His smile spread from ear to ear. His humble character continued to shine through when asked about how he felt to be recognized in Canadian Music Week. “I’m ecstatic, really,” he said while shaking his head in disbelief, “I’m pretty shocked, you know? I’m very shy when it comes to my music, but I guess people like it, so it’s a good thing! I’m happy!”
Preparation for shows like Emerge can be extremely nerve wracking. Between set schedules and rehearsal times, artists like Jay Evans had no other choice but to stay focused. Understandably, everyone faces a little bit of stage fright, but Evans was able to buckle down under pressure and keep his performance his main priority. “I had a couple of drinks,” he joked, “but really, the singers and I just kept rehearsing.” The rehearsing definitely paid off as his performance was well received by the audience. “I was in my own world [on stage], but the reactions afterwards were amazing!”
Though critiquing his performance could nearly have been impossible, Evans says that he wants to expand and improve on his upcoming shows by continuing to work with a live band and background vocalists. He was so thrilled to have shared his Emerge experience with the backing artists. “I want to do something big [with the live band and singers]! Strive to always do better! If I can do better, that’s where it’s at.” His favourite part of his performance? There was no hesitation in his answer: “My falsettos!” he grinned.
Jay Evans is currently in the studio working on his album and has plans for more live performances in the near future. Keeping up with his work is a must if you don’t want to miss out on any exciting news! You can check out Jay Evans on Reverbnation, which is also connected to all of his social media networks.
HipHopCanada would like to thank Jay Evans’ manager Yougeeta Hansraj for inviting us to be in the presence of unmeasurable talent during Canadian Music Week!
Pictures taken by Ronnie Lee Fortier (@RonnieLeePhotog) for Emerge
Article written by Tia Gordon (@_TLG) for HipHopCanada