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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 3 May 1970Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA
Nickname The Crooner

Mini Bio (1)

Brian Evans was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. At age 11 he knew there was something different about him. While most kids were spending their adolescence listening to rock stations and rap, Brian was listening to old-time crooners like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

His long journey began as an actor, appearing on TV commercials for candy bars such as "Twix," and for McDonalds, and Brian quickly moved into doing movies such as Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) with Charles Bronson and Book of Love (1990), a movie directed by Robert Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema, and also the man behind the "Lord of The Rings" success. "Book of Love" remains the only film he directed for New Line, casting Brian in the role of "Schank."

Brian then was asked to do a guest appearance on a new TV series called "Beverly Hills Brats. He appeared on the pilot episode, which was a 90-minute TV movie, special later renamed "Beverly Hills, 90210." While waiting to see what happened with "90210," Brian took a guest spot on Full House (1987) playing the role of Keanu, the boyfriend of Kimmy, played by Andrea Barber.

It wasn't acting Brian longed to do, though, as his passion was to be a crooner, like the ones he listened to as a kid. Brian moved to Canada to spend time with friends, and decided to do a CD of big band crooner standards. He didn't have the money to hire a full big band, so he licensed karaoke tracks with the permission of the karaoke company. The CD sounded great, but Brian was nervous about releasing it anywhere but in Canada, figuring that if people didn't like it, he could always go back to Los Angeles where nobody would know he released the album in Canada.

He couldn't have been more wrong. The CD was released to rave reviews in Canada, climbing to #1 of the HMV Music Chain charts for independent musicians, and the funny thing was that reviewers raved about how great the band was on this new CD, when the "band" was actually karaoke tracks. That CD led to Brian being asked to perform at The Desert Inn, where his idol Sinatra had performed for years (Brian Frank Sinatra in 1993 at a benefit for his wife Barbara's Palm Springs help center).

Brian couldn't believe that he was now playing at The Desert Inn, the world-famous casino where he'd hang his hat for nearly two years. He recorded an album called "Brian Evans - Live at The Desert Inn,". He has since performed at Bally's, The MGM Grand and The Tropicana.

While performing at The Desert Inn, Brian signed a record deal to record and license his albums, now more than 17 CDs, to countries throughout Asia. His records are released in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, The Republic of China and The Philippines, and he just released a new CD in the US to rave reviews, featuring his remakes of such classic 80s hits as Van Halen's "Jump" and The Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy," along with his original song "You."

In fact, Grammy Magazine names Brian along with Norah Jones and Rod Stewart as among the newest relevant crooners of our generation, and notable artists such as Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli, Rich Little, Al Stewart, Michael McDonald and others likely agree, given they've allowed Brian the honor of opening for them all.

He has also sung "The Star Spangled Banner" at 17 professional major league baseball, hockey and basketball games, including ones at Fenway Park for The Boston Red Sox, The Great Western Forum for the Lakers, and GM Place in Vancouver for The Grizzlies. Also an author who published "Dreamer" in 1994, Brian has seen his love for stand-up and acting turn into a singing career.

Brian now lives in Wailea, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, Nevada, where he shares homes. Brian and his band are already preparing to record a new album and are readying for new shows in Las Vegas and around the world.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Crooner, Inc. - Helen Bousquet

Trade Mark (1)

His smooth, romantic singing voice

Trivia (27)

He has released several successful recordings overseas.
He is the only singer in the history of trading cards to have been issued his own Upper Deck baseball card as an "Anthem Singer" after having performed the anthem 18 times.
He once owned three Starbucks coffee shops in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one in Boston, Massachusetts.
Was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the same hometown as recording artist and director Rob Zombie. In an interview with The Vancouver Sun, Evans says of his hometown: "I was glad to leave a city that never knew how to move on from the past. It's amazing that with all that has changed in my own life, whenever I go back to Haverhill it seems the only person who did change was me, or others who left and saw that yes...there is a world out there."
Performed at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas from 1998-2000, where Frank Sinatra performed for decades. He was the first artist in the history of the Las Vegas venue to record a CD for commercial release called "Live at The Desert Inn." The venue was demolished for the new "Wynn Resort" venue.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman awarded Evans his "own day" in a Proclamation for his "Live at The Desert Inn" CD. June 19th is now officially "Brian Evans Day" in Las Vegas, Nevada. The proclamation was awarded on June 19th, 2001.
Is friends with professional baseball player Roger Clemens and family.
Collects baseball cards, among them the coveted 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card.
Favorite singers: Frank Sinatra, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, Maroon 5, Neil Diamond, Oasis.
Recorded a CD alongside William Shatner in Florida in 2002.
Was once room-mates with Seth Green.
Featured on page 199 of the 2006 issue of People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue, which features George Clooney on the cover.
Is the first musical artist ever to be sold in the airline passenger magazine, SkyMall, to be distributed to more than 100 million airline passengers beginning March 29th, 2006. [February 2006]
Is performing as the opening act for Joan Rivers. [May 2005]
Was the opening act for Social Distortion, a hard-core alternative band, in Las Vegas, Nevada. [June 2005]
Just completed his 17th album, licensed throughout Asia. New CD features a compilation of previously released material, including a 65 piece big band remake of Van Halen's "Jump," performed now by Brian in this swing style. Preparing to begin new Las Vegas run. [September 2004]
Is preparing to record a new album, continues to open for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, and Better Than Ezra. [October 2005]
Started a new band called "Holland"
Now in Los Angeles to record his album, Brian debuts at The Derby in Hollywood on September 7th and will appear there every Thursday throughout the process of recording his CD, mostly comprised of original material in the crooner genre. [September 2006]
Boston, Massachusetts [July 2012]
Opening act for Jay Leno at The Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. [January 2005]
Performs nightly at the Indigo Room at Bally's Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. [November 2002]
Came in second place on the Democratic Primary ticket, losing his bid for United States Senator against legendary US Senator Daniel Inouye. A former Honolulu prosecutor came in third place. Evans is being touted as a candidate for Governor of Hawaii in 2006. [September 2004]
Is currently headlining at various Harrah's casino properties, and continues to work on his major label debut, which will feature a duet with Kelly Osbourne. [February 2009]
Running for the U.S. Senate in Hawaii as a Democrat, against Democratic incumbent Dan Inouye. [March 2004]
Is working on his major label debut, to include primarily original material. [January 2006]
Is working on the new CD, mostly comprised of original material in the crooner genre. His song "Witchcraft" is being used in the new TV series "Big Shots" starring Dylan McDermott, and one of Brian's songs is being made into a dance re-mix. [May 2007]

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