May 27, 2005 20:07 ET

Crooner Inc.: Jay Leno Opener Crooning for Better Than Ezra

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(CCNMatthews - May 27, 2005) - New crooner Brian Evans is laying in wait. The young singer has been opening for the likes of Joan Rivers and Jay Leno in Las Vegas...and on July 4th he's been asked to open for Social Distortion and Better Than Ezra in Las Vegas.

"I'm excited about it, and given their audience is so totally opposite of what I do, it proves this music crosses all boundaries and all ages," says Evans.

Evans, 31, recently licensed his last CD, "Brian Evans - Las Vegas" to BMG Direct, a catalog that is distributed to more than 5 million households in the United States. He remains the only single artist that BMG Direct has ever licensed for their catalog (

In 2004, Evans took a year off to live in Hawaii...where he ran for the United States Senate. Evans finished second place while a Honolulu Prosecutor came in third (see After the election, Evans returned to Vegas to begin opening for Leno.

"Leno was the coolest guy I've ever worked for. He was very helpful to me with some advice on what I do on stage," says Evans, who is currently working on a new album of original material in the genre. "What will separate me from the other new crooners is the fact that I've both lived the material, and I can write." Frank Sinatra once told the singer "It's not the age, it's the mileage," when Evans asked him whether or not "My Way" was a good song for a young man to perform. "When I sing it, I'm seeing my entire life," says Evans.

Evans music is also available on ITunes and Earlier this month, Evans performed to more than 10,000 fans just outside of Toronto when he was opening for Joan Rivers. A video clip of that performance in available at, the singers official website.

Brian Evans will appear twice in Los Angeles on June 21st at The Knitting Factory, and July 13th at The Key Club. On July 23rd he'll play The Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC, just outside of Vancouver, BC. The 4th of July date with Ezra/Social Distortion will occur in Las Vegas. Evans will also appear in his hometown of Haverhill, Massachusetts on July 31st, just north of Boston.

Evans, whose family is from Wales, England but whom was born in Massachusetts, believes he is laying in wait.

"I see the other crooners out there, but I just watch. My turn is coming and you will know my name."

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