'The voice is one-of-a-kind and the overall sound is as beautiful as music gets.' - Maureen Keller, Indie-Music.com New York singer-songwriter kate evans released her new solo album, 'release,' in january 2001. Evans, 29, is a juilliard-trained veteran performer who began playing professionally as a classical flutist when she was in high school. ^#^she studied jazz performance at rutgers university and became involved in many local bands including the popular avant-garde world music big band all gods' children, a project she was involved with from 1989-1996. ^#^in 1995, evans began performing her original songs with her own band, isoe. ^#^isoe's 1996 sophomore release, 'manhattan lullaby,' found it's way onto the charts of dozens of regional college radio stations, and was highly praised by critics. ^#^robert makin of the gannett courier-news and the aquarian named evans 'best female artist' and 'best songwriter' in his ninth annual independent music awards, and named 'manhattan lullaby' album of the year. ^#^isoe's music eluded categorization, but drew comparisons to that of suzanne vega, ani difranco, sade, lisa stansfield, and tori amos. Evans's music is also significantly influenced by artists including randy newman, paul simon, aretha franklin, tom waits, and abbey Lincoln. Evans, originally from manhattan, Kansas, grew up surrounded by music. ^#^her mother, a professional organist, allowed kate to sit in church balconies and listen to her play instead of sending her to much-dreaded sunday school. ^#^her father, a recreational bluegrass musician and radio dj, exposed her to a whole different spectrum-ray charles, randy newman, paul simon, bessie smith, the beatles, stevie wonder, aretha franklin, robert johnson. ^#^today, many of these influences are evident in evans's music, along with jazz and folk flavors. ------------- Read this great review from Indie-Music.com: 'Kate Evans has had her fair share of musical training. She grew up with gospel and bluegrass music in Manhattan, Kansas and attended Juilliard and Rutgers. Her voice is gentle, but has some power behind it - reminiscent of Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, Ani DiFranco and Sade. Evans broke away from her band, isoe, in 1996 and 'Release' is her first CD. The lyrics are inspiring, the voice is one-of-a-kind and the overall sound is as beautiful as music gets. It is evident that Evans loves music as she pours her heart into these inspiring songs. The lyrics piqued my interest on the first track and it stayed piqued throughout the CD. Type of music: folksy, pop-py, gentle, inspiring music with the emphasis on Evans' vocals Hometown: New York City Notable: Evans' mom, the church organist, used to let her sit up in the balconies and listen to her play instead of attending Sunday school...apparently, it paid off. Highs: Evans proves her strong songwriting ability on every track. In 'Beautiful,' Evans' voice is backed up with only a little percussion and piano as she carries the listener through a 'beautiful' ballad about life's choices. ('Sometimes you just have to choose the left fork or the right/and hope the chain reaction brings you somewhere that you like.') In 'Trading Apology for Apology,' Evans shows her soulful side, while she pulls out her hip and trendy side on 'Blind' with electric percussion and her charged voice. 'Ice Storm' tells an intriguing story about past love and how she has moved on ('Some man sent me flowers today/I'd forgotten people do that.') Evans then shows her harder, more electric side with the charged 'Dangerous Woman,' which rounds out the CD. Evans has the way of expressing feelings like that one that many people have probably thought, but not been able to say. Lows: I spent 10 minutes trying to come up with some low points, but to no avail. Fans: If you like Sarah McLaughlan, Ani DiFranco, Paula Cole, Shown Colvin or Suzanne Vega, Kate Evans will rock your la femme-music world. Cheers to Kate Evans for putting herself out there with her tell-all lyrics that are so easy to relate to and for combining a soothing percussion, bass and piano sound that complements her amazing voice. Evans' 'Release' will take you away to another world - enjoy!' -Maureen Keller -------- Other reviews for Kate: 'fronted by kate evans, isoe creates a classy and varied mix of strong songwriting, pop, r&b, and jazzy textures, and strong musicianship... by the time evans' silky vocals enter--falling somewhere between the soulfulness of lisa stansfield and the simplicity of suzanne vega--you are already hooked...intelligent, provocative music.' - rich lupescu, modern music monthly 'sometimes she's funny, sometimes she makes joni mitchell's 'blue' sound like they might be giants, but she can really sing those beautiful melodies she writes. ^#^spare and a little chilling, maybe. ^#^look for it. ^#^carefully. soon.' - pj rieder, idiot's delight digest 'kate's performance... deftly evokes sex, guts, and power.' - trinity canty, transaction.