Brian Evans was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. At age 16, his mother and he drove to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Several months later, Evans landed his first national television commercial for a Twix commercial, followed by a role in the Charles Bronson film, “Death Wish IV.”
After then being cast for the pilot of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and then landed the role as “Keanu,” on the hit television show, “Full House,” followed by a role in the New Line Cinema film, “Book of Love.”
It was Evans passion for music, rather than acting, that had him begin a “crooning” career in the same genre as Sinatra. After meeting Frank Sinatra at a charity event, Evans said, “Everyone thinks I’m crazy for pursuing this kind of music,” to which Sinatra replied, “Kid, if everyone thinks you’re crazy, you’re on the right track.”
Evans took those words to heart, and began a career in the music business, immediately booked to open for Frankie Valli, Dionne Warwick, and Lou Rawls. Evans would then continue to open for the likes of Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Social Distortion, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Louie Anderson, Bob Saget, Citizen Cope, Roseanne Barr, Jeff Bridges, Nick Swardson, William Shatner, and numerous other stars.
Evans then ventured to Canada, performing hundreds of shows and becoming the #1 best selling independent artist in Canada…twice. The attention he received in Canada landed him a run at the legendary Las Vegas casino, The Desert Inn.
After performing thousands of shows, including 377 at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas in 1996 and 1997, Evans recorded a “live CD” at the historic venue, and was awarded a Proclamation by Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Governor Kenny Guinn as the only artist ever to record a live CD at the venue, once home to Sinatra himself.
Between 2000 and 2011, Evans created The Maui Celebrity Series on Maui, Hawaii. It became the only concert one could purchase tickets to on Expedia, and Evans received three Hawaii Governor Commendations from Neil Abercrombie, Linda Lingle, and David Y. Ige. Evans was able to bring national attention to a 700-seat capacity venue, ranging from Entertainment Tonight to MTV, both producing concerts and acting as the headliners opening act for each show he produced on the tourist island.
In 2012, Evans wrote the song “At Fenway,” produced by legendary producer Narada Michael Walden. The music video has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube for the one-state baseball team and was added to The National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately, in 2012, Evans mother, who was in partner in all of his projects and his biggest supporter, passed away following knee surgery. Evans discovered his mother, who had Sleep Apnea, was left in an unmonitored recovery room despite the same hospital diagnosing her with the condition months prior to the surgery. She was not provided his CPAP. This became Evans calling when he reached out to all fifty U.S. Governor’s requesting that they change hospital policy and issue Sleep Apnea Awareness Proclamations which would in turn be distributed to University students throughout the country. After receiving only 11, and feeling as though he was getting nowhere, Evans enlisted Academy Award winning actors Tom Hanks and Jeff Bridges, and that resulted in several additional Proclamations. Still frustrated that he was not being taken seriously, Evans ran for US Congress and won the nomination in Hawaii. Within a week of winning the nomination, Evans received twenty additional Proclamations from US Governors across the nation bringing the total to 40, and hospital policy nationwide was then changed to make certain that Sleep Apnea patients, especially older patients, now were immediately provided wristbands and is now one of the first questions a hospital asks prior to a patient being admitted to a hospital.
Continuing his career that he and his mother began, Evans wrote four novels, one of which, entitled “Horrorscope,” is in negotiations to become a television series on a major streaming network. Kirkus Reviews gave Evans a glowing review for the novel. Evans also wrote the novels “Savannah” and “The Funny Robbers.”
Evans then wrote the thematic songs “Creature at The Bates Motel,” and is the only artist ever to film a music video at the set of the film “Psycho,” which was sanctioned by both Universal Studios and The Alfred Hitchcock Estate.” His never video, “Here You Come Again,” featured William Shatner again, along with Dog The Bounty Hunter, Paul Rodriguez, Beth Chapman, and comedian Paul Rodriguez.
In 2020, Evans filmed the music video for another original song he wrote, “It’s A Beautiful Game,” which is broadcast in over 2,000 soccer fields across the world. The video is introduced by ICE-T, and featured “Breaking Bad” star RJ Mitte, comedian Carrot Top, and Lou Diamond Phillips as the “goalie” in the video. Says Evans, “We knew having Lou, who I’d been friends with for years, would garner attention in Latin America because of his role in La Bamba, which he reprised his role in for the very first time in this video.”
The video received more than 1 million views the month it was released, but the in-venue broadcasting was delayed due to Covid-19. It is now in broadcast.
In 2021, as Evans awaits “Horrorscope” to proceed while his more than 150 song catalog continues to be licensed for shows ranging from the Netflix series “BoJack Horseman” to “So You Think You Can Dance,” Evans discovered singer Charlie Mitchell on Instagram. Stunned by the 16 year old’s voice, who was the same age Evans was when he began his career, Evans penned a song about his mother, but a song for which he did not feel he could record himself. Instead, he thought the innocence of the young Mitchell could better convey the song. “I was still too angry and I was afraid that would come off in my interpretation of the recording.” Narada Michael Walden produced the song, and it was released on Evans birthday, May 3rd, 2022. By May 7th it was #1 on the Play MPE Charts in 28 countries and Mitchell went from performing on the sidewalk, to five days later making his nationally televised debut in Australia with dozens of radio interviews and more to come.
Evans has worn many hats. Some have been fun, some have been tragic, but Evans has made certain that in either case, the outcome would be as positive as it could be.
Brian Evans currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and Wailea, Hawaii, and constantly travels throughout the world as “It’s A Beautiful Game” continues to be added to soccer venues across the world. He will also continue to Executive Produce Charlie Mitchell under the production of Narada Michael Walden.
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