Eva Auad (Eva Maria Awad, born 1982) is an assertive soulful singer from The Netherlands. Her music is versatile, transcending strict pop categories, but her melodic and harmonic beauty give her a cross-genre appeal. Drawing on traditions, she looks forward.
Eva grew up in a creative family environment as the oldest of three children and learned to sing in close harmony with her father and brother already at a young age, performing together on numerous occasions. As a preacher's daughter Eva sang a lot of Gospel music, as well as Beatle- and Beegee songs. She was taught how to play the piano by her mother.
Eva knew by age 12 that music was her destiny, and as a pre-teen began a journey to express the rhapsody swirling in her head. Eva performed solo, in bands, and as half of a duo; sang covers and originals; landed festival bookings and radio gigs, and of course traveled the small club circuit. She was paying dues like any young musician, but still uncertain of her own artistic identity. Auad developed an adventurous style of composition, but found she didn't fit neatly into music industry templates.
In 2010, Eva entered the 'Voice of Holland' competition. The jury was stunned at her apparently sudden emergence and artistic maturity: Jurist Roel van Velzen told her, 'Are you even aware of your talent?' Although she did not reach the finals, record companies took notice of this extraordinary audition and she was pursued by several labels.
In 2011, Eva decided to sign with Basta Music, for whom she recorded her debut album later that year. She was teamed with producers JB Meijers (Solomon Burke, Go Back to the Zoo, De Dijk), Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M., The Posies, The Disciplines) and Joost Kroon (Kane, New Cool Collective). They emerged from the sessions with an album that demonstrates Eva has arrived in spectacular fashion. Amid the power ballads, dance floor grooves, and catchy pop confections, they included an authentic pop-tango. Eva Auad's daring debut was released in early March 2012.
Eva has formed a band, complete with two great backing singers. The live band performance brings a broad, dramatical sound, together with all of the vocals as recorded on the album, to the audience. Eva also plays solo gigs, on the piano, to introduce a more intimate set. This way the audience can experience another, more romantic side of Eva, as a contrast to her explosive side, as her piano and voice tell stories with every song, making an emotional connecting with people through pure sound.
Eva performed in full band formation on a popular TV talkshow (De Wereld Draait Door), where she did a compilation of two songs from her album, What I Really Do and The Modern Thing. As an extra, she performed the powerfully produced rock/pop song Wondering, as a whole song.
Eva did several live radio performances at 3 FM, (Stenders) ,538 with Martijn Muijs, who also wrote an article about Eva.
On July 7th 2012, Eva was invited by Dutch musical giant De Dijk, to perform as support act, for their concert in De Heineken Music Hall, one of the biggest concert halls in The Netherlands.
Also this year: Eva will be heard on Ken Stringfellows new solo album Danzig In The Moonlight. Eva joined Ken together with (among others) JB Meijers and Joost Kroon at Kens live CD presentation at Paradiso, Amsterdam.
Eva tours with Kenneth Stringfellow, on his solo Europe tour in The Netherlands and Belgium.
Currently Eva is writing new material and looking for a promising opening in radio while touring throughout the country and on her way to gigs internationally. We are always on the look out for new upportunities.
Eva is represented by Basta Music's managing director Jeroen van der Schaaf.
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