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Say You Won't By Adriana Evans #stepperssongoftheday
Evans, (also known as Adriana Madera) is an American R&B/soul
She was born 1974 in San Francisco, California and was one of the first
neo soul artists in the 1990's, along with Erykah Badu,
D'Angelo and Maxwell.
Her debut album Adriana Evans was released in 1997 and
peaked to #33 on the Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Adriana Evans was born into music, both genetically and geographically.
Her mother is jazz recording artist Mary Stallings who sang with
jazz artists like Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie and her godfather
being jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders.
As such, Evans finds a great deal of her musical upbringing in jazz
music. In addition to being immersed in the sounds of jazz and blues
growing up, she also heard Afro Cuban music from her father's culture.
And being a native of the musically rich city of San Francisco, she was
exposed to soul, rock, hip hop, and everything in between.
At the age of 18, Adriana moved to Los Angeles where she planned to
attend college. While living in the city, she met rapper Dred Scott
and the two quickly became friends. As their friendship grew, the two
began working together in music. Because of this relationship, Adriana
Evans appeared on Dred Scott's "Check the Vibe" in 1993 and Evans
relied heavily on Scott for production on her debut album.
Paul Stewart, CEO of PMP records, played a crucial role in
helping Adriana Evans get a deal with Capitol Records during the 1990s.
Stewart was attracted to Evans after hearing a demo featuring her and
having seen her in the video for Scott's "Check the Vibe." As Capitol
Records folded, Stewart brought Evans onto his PMP Records where she
released her self-titled debut album.
Adriana's self-titled debut album featured two singles, "Love Is All
Around" and "Seein' Is Believing." The two singles charted,
with the former reaching #65 on the R&B charts and the latter reaching
After the release of her debut record, Adriana became disillusioned with
the music industry, took refuge in Brazil, and didn't record a follow-up
until 2004's Nomadic, an album that explored various genres, held
together by a theme of what she described as "African music." The
next year she released Kismet (a compilation album). In 2007
Evans released El Camino, an album that, more than her previous
records, was influenced by her stay in Brazil. Evans' fifth LP,
Walking With the Night, was released in 2010; "Weatherman"
was the album's first single.
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