Talented singer-songwriter Jacob Evans has been keeping as busy as an artist can be during the pandemic.
Since releasing his breakout single, "One More Lie," and his debut album, "Just Breathe" last year, Evans has been collaborating with other musicians and developing as a young artist.
"I’ve been writing some music for Wayne Wilson, helping him flesh out some songs," said Evans.
"I’m excited about that. I’m excited about him doing his own thing because he is a phenomenal singer. He always sings on other people’s things, but he’s so good I can’t wait to hear what he has to say musically."
Evans, who has a smooth, soulful voice and a cool, clean guitar tone, has been working on his own music, as well, with a new single, "First Funk (Girl of My Dreams)," released back in May.
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"I’ve been working on a lot of music, whether it’s my own, or other people’s," said Evans. "I started on the new album — I have no idea when that will be out, but I’m really excited about this one song that I started writing. I would say it’s the best song I’ve ever written, and I’m very excited for that, whenever it drops."
The new song, which is currently shrouded in mystery, indicates potential signs of growth for Evans as a composer.
"It’s the first song I’ve ever done a key change in," Evans explained. "Lyrically, it’s great, but I was most impressed by the music. I’ve never written a song that well, traditionally, where I can use so many different chords to guide where it’s going. It’s well written in that way, because most of my songs are two or three chords. Really.
"Two or three songs on my album, that I just released last year, is just two chords. Musically, it’s just way richer than my normal things."
While he usually records his music himself, Evans wants to get some outside help on his next album — and perhaps re-produce the success of his most popular single, which currently has almost 300,000 listens on Spotify.
"I’m going to do something different," said Evans. "Last time I was just doing it all in my room. I think this time I’ll get a pretty good demo in my room, and aside from the things that go directly in midi, I think I’m going to record the vocals somewhere else. I’ve got a friend in California that I did ‘One More Lie’ with and he has a pretty cool studio over there. I totally want to use the tube mic he’s been talking about."
Evans has been performing some streaming concerts from home during the pandemic, but now has several gigs booked at the Desoto, and a show next week at Starland Yard with his friend, percussionist Mike Flowers, on cajón. It will be a good opportunity to test out some of his new material—including the song he’s so proud of—with a live audience.
"Actually, I’ll just play it without telling people it’s an original most of the time," said Evans.
"I’m actually kind of worried about this song because I regard it highly, I really think it’s good, and I have not copywritten it, but I’d just be so happy to do it sometimes and be letting it fly."