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.

“California” to air on Boston NPR!

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Great news, everybody: an instrumental version of Marina’s song “California” has been selected to air between radio shows on Boston’s National Public Radio (NPR) station, WGBH! Tune in to 89.7 FM or click here to stream online, and keep your ears open for a familiar tune.

Some of you may have noticed when listening to NPR (in Boston, New England, or anywhere across the country) that there is a brief musical interlude that plays as one show finishes and before another begins. These interludes are always instrumental. This is where you will be hearing “California”!

Years ago, when she was just at the beginning of her songwriting career (with only a few songs under her belt), Marina learned of music placement on NPR from one of her music professors. He said submitting well-crafted, original, instrumental tracks to NPR was a great way to gain exposure for your music, and perhaps to earn a royalty or two. At the time this seemed like such a long shot that it slipped away into the back corner of Marina’s mind — only to be resurrected 7 years later, when a representative from WGBH contacted her and requested instrumental tracks for several of her songs! So here we are.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to Unbound co-producer, multi-instrumentalist, and Marina’s husband & musical partner Bernardo Baglioni, as well as to Marina’s Italian band who recorded the album. You’re on the U.S. airwaves, fellas!

Tune in and keep your ears peeled — and see if you can recognize “California” without Marina’s lead vocals!

 

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!

Female Performer of the Year @ N.E. Music Awards!

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BIG news to start off 2015: Marina has been nominated for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards!

According to their website, “The goal of NEMA is to recognize and celebrate some of the area’s best musical achievements.” The NEMA nominating committee, consisting of music journalists, radio personalities, talent buyers, and record label executives hailing from all six New England states, has selected just 120 acts out of a pool of over 4,000 submissions. Needless to say, this is quite an honor — and Marina is thrilled!

Now, she needs YOUR support — because winners will be selected by public vote. The polls are NOW OPEN, so please click the link below and vote, vote, vote! And please, feel free to share this with your friends & family on social media. Every little bit helps!

Click here to VOTE for the New England Music Awards!

The awards ceremony will be held on April 18, 2015 at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA at 7pm. And Marina will be among the performers during the ceremony! Tickets are going fast, so click here to reserve yours. This promises to be an incredible show of New England’s best musicians. Don’t miss it!

 

Supporting American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze!

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This Saturday, December 20th, I am very excited to be opening for American Idol winner Lee DeWyze at the Red Room @ Cafe 939 at the Berklee College of Music! I will be in acoustic duo with Bernardo Baglioni, and we will play an opening set of my songs starting at 8pm.

This is our last show in 2014 — and what a show it will be! — so come on out and say hello. It’s been an incredible year, and we are looking forward to more challenges, more travel, and more music in 2015.

The details:

  • What: Marina & Berna open for Lee DeWyze!
  • When: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8pm
  • Where: The Red Room @ Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.
  • Tickets: $20. Click here to reserve online, or call 617 747-2261 to reserve over the phone.

 

Opening for Ellis Paul!

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It’s quite an honor to share the stage with one of today’s folk greats — and I am thrilled to be doing just that this weekend! On Saturday, 12/6, Bernardo and I are headed down to Puck Live in Doylestown, Pennsylvania where we will be opening for renowned songwriter and storyteller, Ellis Paul. On tour with his new album Chasing Beauty, Ellis has been on the road for nearly 25 years now, and has produced almost as many albums.

“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.”

– The New York Times

Tickets are $20 advance, and $25 at the door. Please visit PuckLive.com for more details, including directions, set times, and ticket reservations.

Album Review: Unbound

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Music reviewer Bill Copeland has given a thorough and highly complementary review of Marina’s new album, Unbound (2013), in his music blog. Many thanks, Bill! Here are some excerpts:

Many of her songs have a haunting quality, as if there is an underlying spirit driving them on… No matter, though, which technique she employs, genre she borrows from, or inflection she sings in, Evans has come up with a complete artistic expression of where she is today.

She’s a master of using self-restraint to keep a lid on her power, which makes her song a more powerful expression, her power simmering just beneath the surface. […] Everything comes together perfectly around Evans’ heartfelt expressions, like a mother’s arms holding a child, like a painter getting every detail just right. […] She creates as much dramatic feeling as two gunfighters approaching each other with hands over holsters.

Unbound feels like its title suggests. Evans clearly feels free to use whichever technique, genre, and instrument as colors in her palette to achieve the musical experience she seeks. She uses rock’s aggression when she wants her song to have kick. She infuses other songs with jazz inflection to make them move freely. She even relies on flamenco structures to add more snap to her rhythmic thrusts. There is much to enjoy on Evans’ Unbound album, and all of it comes together as a nice, wholesome, fully realized reflection of an artist who knows where she wants to go.

Click here to read the full review.

Live Review: Marina Evans & Hillary Reynolds at Braintree Folk

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Opening act Marina Evans and headliner Hillary Reynolds and her band received an excellent review of their sold out concert at Braintree Folk on November 8, by music critic Jay Miller at the Patriot Ledger! An excerpt:

Rockport’s Marina Evans opened with a 45-minute set of her own tunes, and she managed to get a really warm and distinctive sound out of her acoustic guitar. Evans often utilized a wide dynamic range with her high-alto voice, going from whispery to wailing to good effect.  Her “Not Gonna Wait” injected some starkly poignant soul into the mix, while “California” was a wistful look back. Who wouldn’t like her “anti-social media” tune “Little Boxes,” with its gentle chiding of some of the more obsessed among us. Evans also has a nice swinging tempo to most of her tunes, and “How Many Miles” was an especially toe-tapping delight. And there was an undeniable beauty to her gentle, almost crystalline ballad “One Way or Another,” where her voice and guitar were superbly in synch.

To read the full review, click here.