Back in the Studio for New Album “Tide and Stars”!

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Big news, everybody: I’m back in the studio again working on a brand new original album entitled Tide and Stars! As with my two most recent records, Unbound and The Tuscan Sessions, I am working with Italian producer (and my husband & musical partner, incidentally) Bernardo Baglioni. Unlike our past two records — both recorded here in Italy, with our Italian band — this time we’ll be recording with a mix of Italian and American musicians, and we’ll be doing so on both sides of the pond.

We hit the studio this week in Florence, Italy with Florentine drummer Donald Renda (pictured above), who is also featured on both Unbound and The Tuscan Sessions. And as usual, he nailed it! Next up are the basses, followed by guitars, mandolins, and possibly dobro & banjo — and finally, we’ll wrap things up with the vocal tracks.

This record takes a decidedly more acoustic, folk/americana turn than my last two projects, and I’m looking forward to realizing these songs in a more pared-down context. The songs are direct, to the point, and hark back to traditional song forms & structures. It’s raw, it’s true, and it’s me — so it’s thrilling, and more than a little scary, to bring this music to life and to share it with the world. That said — I can’t wait! Stay tuned for more news & updates as the project moves forward. Onwards!

On the Road: ME, CT, NYC!

This week, I’m so excited to be hitting the road again in acoustic duo with Bernardo. In the coming days we’ll hit Maine, Connecticut, and New York City – and on Saturday, we’ll be opening for none other than incredible troubadour, artist, and author Ellis Paul! Check the list below for dates & details. Hope to see some old & new faces along the way!

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Come Together in Song: Benefit For The Grace Center

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In recent years, the Cape Ann Clergy Association realized that there was an ever-increasing number of requests to provide care, support, and resources to the homeless on Cape Ann. Following a needs assessment study in 2011, which identified the distinct need for a safe day space for Cape Ann’s homeless, the group formed the Grace Center, a fully staffed day resource center that moves from church to church in and around Gloucester, MA.

Marina became aware of the Grace Center just this past year, and was impressed with the generosity and hard work the group has put forth to help those less fortunate in our community. Theirs is a valuable mission, and (unfortunately) reflects a growing problem Cape Ann faces in supporting an increasing homeless population.

Marina came up with the idea to “come together in song” in support of this important cause. Together with her husband Bernardo Baglioni, as well as a special guest appearance by Gloucester police Chief Campanello, she put on an intimate acoustic performance in one of Gloucester’s beautiful churches. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Grace Center, and Marina is proud (and pleasantly surprised!) to have raised over $1,000 in donations to the organization.

“It’s an honor to lend my music to a cause like this, and to support our community the best way I know how — in song,” Marina says. “I have received so much support from my hometown over the years, and I love this place through and through. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to give back!”

To learn more about the Grace Center, and to donate, please visit:

http://gracecenterinc.org/

Supporting Jonathan Edwards @ Great Waters Music Festival

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Marina is truly honored to announce that she and Bernardo will be traveling north to beautiful Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to support the legendary Jonathan Edwards in concert on Saturday, July 25! Holy geez!

Over 40 years and 15 albums, Edwards has touched countless souls with his honest, insightful, and spirited songs & performances. A passionate performer with a voice that only sweetens with age, and a witty and sharply observant writer, Edwards puts on a uniquely entertaining and inspiring show.

Marina & Berna will be opening for Jonathan with a brief, original, acoustic set on the gorgeous main stage at the Great Waters Music Festival on Saturday, July 25, at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $12-$30; click here to visit the Great Waters site where you’ll find a full calendar, directions, ticket information, and more.

 

Outside the Box Festival!

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Marina & Berna are thrilled to join the lineup of Outside the Box, a new, free, 6-day music & performing arts festival occurring in downtown Boston from July 14-19! Outside the Box founder and chief sponsor Ted Cutler says that after seeing so much unsung talent in Boston — from musicians to dancers to theater troupes and beyond — he wanted to build a major festival to celebrate the unsigned and emerging artists of our city and New England.

“We created Outside the Box to bring the community together through a celebration of the performing arts. We want to create a culture change.” -Ted Cutler

Featuring performers from across New England, Outside the Box has generated great press and scored some very well-known headliners, including Guster, The Gin Blossoms, and Kacey Musgraves.

Marina & Berna perform on Thursday, July 16 at 1:30pm on the Tremont Street stage. Click here to visit the Outside the Box website to find a full schedule, directions, and more. Come on out, Boston — it’s going to be a beautiful summer fest!

Collaboration with Big Crush Records

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Marina is very excited to join the ranks of artists represented by and collaborating with Big Crush Records! A little bit about Big Crush:

Big Crush is boutique collaborative of like-minded music industry professionals with the goal of helping unique, talented artists move successfully to the next levels of their careers. We are managers, promoters, web designers, booking agents, musicians, videographers, engineers, and forward-thinking individuals with varied paths throughout the industry, with over 25 years of combined experience.

Click here to visit the Big Crush website, view the artist roster, and to get in touch!

Feature in Granite Coast Magazine

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The New England Music Awards are just four short days away — and Marina is honored and thrilled to have been nominated for Female Performer of the Year! Check out the special NEMA issue of Granite Coast Magazine for the full lineup of nominees, performers, and the lowdown on the event itself, coming up this Saturday, April 18th.

Here’s an excerpt from Marina’s nominee profile:

“Evans’ drive, passion, and versatility are just as evident in her songs — which deftly navigate a range of genres, from folk to pop to rock and roll — as they are in her track record: since 2011 she has independently released 3 original EPs and a full length album, toured across the U.S., to London, and to Italy; […] been featured on local, regional, and internet radio; and earned two consecutive nominations for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards (2014 and 2015).” 

Click here to check out the full NEMA issue of Granite Coast Magazine.

And don’t forget to tune in to the New England Music Awards this Saturday, April 18th, starting at 6:30pm! Tickets are sold out, but you can stream it live online by clicking here.

Artist Highlight: Red Line Roots

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Marina is psyched to be the featured artist this week on Boston music blog Red Line Roots! In a brief interview, she touches on her musical background, her songwriting process, and some of her favorite local artists. Click here to read the full interview!

Cape Ann Singer for Female Performer of the Year

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From the Gloucester Daily Times (click for full article):

Marina Evans, a local singer-songwriter, has been nominated for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards for the second year in a row.

Her competition in the Female Performer of the Year category in 2015 is  Ashley Jordan, Jessie Chris, Sarah Barrios, Faith Ziegler and Anna Lombard.

In this competition, music fans play a significant role in the selection of the winners by voting online for their preferred performers, so Evans is hopeful that Cape Ann fans will cast their votes. Voting is open to the public until March 1; visit nemusicawards.com to vote for your favorite artists, and to learn more about the New England Music Awards.

“The New England Music Awards are presented every year to the musicians who call New England their home and whose dedication, spirit, and achievements over the last year have without a doubt established them as a contributing force to the most robust and diverse music scene in the country,” according to the website.

The nominating committee consists of a variety of music industry experts including journalists, radio personalities, talent buyers, event planners, record label executives and others.

Evans combines a background in jazz with traditional folk and indie rock. Over the past decade, she has cultivated her unique sound. Her career began on Cape Ann at the age of 16. Since then she has performed throughout the United States, in London, and in Italy, and she has written and recorded three original EPs and the full-length album “Unbound.”

Both her new album and her live performances have received high marks over the past year.

“She creates as much dramatic feeling as two gunslingers approaching each other with hands over holsters,” according to Bill Copeland Music News.

She also stepped up to help out in a community service sort of way last year. She performed at a Rockport PTO musical fund-raising event last spring, and in a benefit concert for the North Shore Health Project this past fall. In both instances, the crowd was eager to purchase her music after the show and learn more about her.

 

Best Emerging Artist of 2014: The Deli Magazine’s Reader’s Poll

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The Deli Magazine is a leading music industry publication with extensive coverage of the best independent musicians from all over the United States. Organized “scene by scene” (New England, NYC, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, etc.), this music magazine and blog is the go-to source to discover new music.

Marina is honored to have been nominated by a panel of Deli writers and bloggers to the Deli’s Reader’s Poll for New England’s Best Emerging Artist of 2014! She was selected from a pool of applicants from across New England. The poll is open now, so to vote, please (!) visit:

NEWENGLAND.THEDELIMAGAZINE.COM

On the right hand side of the page you will see a list of nominees, with a red header that reads: “Best of 2014 Readers’ Poll (click to vote).” CLICK THE RED HEADER; this will take you to a voting page. Scroll down and select the one (1) artist you think is New England’s Best Emerging Artist!

Please vote, share, and tell your friends. Thank you SO much for your support!