May 28, 2005 17:05 ET

Crooner Brian Evans Launches New Web Site

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(CCNMatthews - May 28, 2005) - Brian Evans, the crooner that has been opening for stars such as Jay Leno and Joan Rivers, has launched his new web site at

Evans, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, began his career as one of the new crooners in Los Angeles performing at such venues as The Roxy on the Sunset Strip. Grammy Magazine, in an article published in 2003, names Evans among the likes of Norah Jones and Peter Cincotti as one of the new relevant standards singers. A video clip of Brian performing is now available for viewing on his web site.

Evans then moved to Vancouver, BC, performing across the country and opening for stars such as Rich Little and Lou Rawls. In 1998, Evans began performing at The Desert Inn and Bally's. Prior to singing, Evans acted on such shows as "Full House" and "Beverly Hills, 90210."

In 2000, after attending Midem with his mother, completely unaware of how the music business worked, Evans licensed one of his CD's to several companies in Asia. "We had a photo up in this empty booth we bought, and a few CD's," says Evans. "It was pretty funny."

In 2001, Evans began a concert series in Key West, Florida. Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton and actor William Shatner joined the singer for shows in the Sunshine State. In 2005, Evans was booked to open for "The Tonight Show" host, Jay Leno, during his live concert performances at The Mirage in The Danny Gans Theatre. Earlier this month, the singer opened for Joan Rivers.

Ironically, it was Joan Rivers that used to write Evans as a boy. While still living in Massachusetts, Evans, still in high school, would write to the comedian who responded that he should not give up, and persevere. "Perseverance is the key to success," the comic legend wrote Evans. Fifteen years later, his perseverance had him opening for the star in front of an audience of about 11,000 over two days earlier this month just outside of Toronto.

"These songs are about struggle. These songs are about ups and downs. They tell the story of everything that we all are. Our good times, our bad times, and of all the times that we screw up in life. When I sing these songs I'm really singing about my whole life. It takes a lot more than a pretty voice to convey the real message of this material. It takes having fallen on your face and getting up again. You can't really sing "My Way" unless you've done it that way, and have it emotionally connect. I realize some may think I take the material too seriously, but I don't think this music should be sung by anyone who doesn't," says Evans.

"I don't think anyone has fallen on their face as much as I have, so when I sing this material I'm coming from a pretty honest place."

Evans, who is managed by Elliott Lott, who also represents The Beach Boys, says he is laying in wait. "The labels are intelligently catching on that there is a market for this style of music that transcends the one hit wonders. They are seeing that as a body of work that millions of people will buy this material and indeed are doing so right now," he says.

The web site, though still in development, will feature tour information, video, and music clips.

Evans met Frank Sinatra in 1993. When Evans asked him whether or not Sinatra believed it was alright to sing "My Way" at his age, Sinatra responded, "It's not the age, it's the mileage."

Brian Evans has had plenty of that.

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