Eva Avila

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Eva Avila
Eva Avila April 2007.JPG
Background information
Birth name Eva Gougeon-Ávila
Also known as Eva le dragon
Born (1987-02-25) February 25, 1987 (age 27)
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Genres Pop/R&B
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Singing
Years active 2006 – present
Labels Sony Music Canada, E1 Entertainment Canada
Associated acts Ryan Malcolm, Kalan Porter, Melissa O'Neil, Brian Melo, Theo Tams
Website evaavila.ca

Eva Avila (born Eva Gougeon-Ávila on February 25, 1987 in Gatineau, Quebec) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She won the fourth season of the CTV reality show Canadian Idol in 2006.

Early life[edit]

Avila's father introduced her to music[1] and she has been singing in public since the age of 2, and at the age of 9 was a winner on Homegrown Cafe, a talent show on CJOH-TV, in Ottawa. Her nickname, given by her family when she was a small child, is still Eva le dragon (English: Eva the dragon). Prior to Idol, she had been working as a postal clerk and a beauty consultant. She had also been a former winner of the Jeune Diva du Québec contest.[2] Avila also participated in another competition for a Quebec TV téléroman aired on Radio-Canada called Virginie. She usually speaks English and French, as well as a little Spanish because her father is of Peruvian origin.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

2006: Canadian Idol[edit]

In early 2006, Avila auditioned for the fourth season of Canadian Idol in Ottawa. She advanced into the top 10, and then she made it to the final two of the competition. During the final show, hundreds of Avila's supporters were gathered at Gatineau City Hall while Canadian Idol crews were filming scenes occasionally during the show. Several local politicians such as Gatineau mayor Marc Bureau, Hull—Aylmer federal MP Marcel Proulx, as well as Hull provincial MNA Roch Cholette were in attendance.[3] During the finale show, Judge Zack Werner said that Avila was the show's most obvious candidate for international stardom, but he thought Craig Sharpe would win the competition. However, on September 16, 2006, Eva Avila was crowned as the fourth Canadian Idol winner, defeating Craig Sharpe by a margin of only 131,000 votes or 3%.[4] To date, she is one of only five singers from Quebec or Francophone Canada to crack the top ten and the first to win the event: Season one's Audrey de Montigny was the first to reach the top ten, Steffi DiDomenicantonio in season four, Khalila Glanville in season five and Katherine St-Laurent in season six.

Canadian Idol performances[edit]

Week Theme Song Sung Artist Status
Audition - "On My Own" Les Misérables Advanced
Top 22 Contestant's Choice "Angel" Sarah McLachlan Advanced
Top 18 Contestant's Choice "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack Advanced
Top 14 Contestant's Choice "Aint No Mountain High Enough" Marvin Gaye
Tammi Terrell
Advanced
Top 10 Canadian Hits "Powerless (Say What You Want)" Nelly Furtado Safe
Top 9 The Rolling Stones "Wild Horses" Rolling Stones Safe
Top 8 Songs of the 1980s "White Wedding" Billy Idol Bottom 3
Top 7 Songs of Classic Rock "Who Wants to Live Forever?" Queen Safe
Top 6 Acoustic Music "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" Prince Safe
Top 5 Songs of Country "Here You Come Again" Dolly Parton Bottom 2
Top 4 Judges' Choice "Would I Lie to You?"
"Old School Love"
Eurythmics
Divine Brown
Safe
Top 3 Pop Standards "God Bless the Child"
"They Can't Take That Away from Me"
Billie Holiday
Fred Astaire
Safe
Top 2 Idol's Favourite
Idol Single
Idol's Favourite
"Wild Horses"
"Meant to Fly"
"How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
Natasha Bedingfield
Eva Avila
Prince
Won
Grand Finale Idol's Favourite "Powerless (Say What You Want)" Nelly Furtado Declared Winner

2006–07: Somewhere Else[edit]

Hours after her victory, Avila signed with the Sony BMG Canada record label and released her first single "Meant to Fly", which debuted at number one on the Canadian singles chart, a position it held for a huge nine weeks. The single was eventually certified double platinum. On October 5, 2006, the CTV television network reported that Avila has signed a modelling contract with Ford Model.[5] Avila started the 2006 NHL season on October 4 when she performed the Canadian national anthem at the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators game. She performed the anthem again before another Battle of Ontario game at the Scotiabank Place on October 26 following an autograph session on the same afternoon at Gatineau's Les Galeries de Hull shopping centre.

Avila's debut album, Somewhere Else, was released on November 14, 2006.[6] and debuted at number 6 on the Canadian albums chart, selling 16,000 copies in its first week. The second single from the album, "I Owe It All To You",[7] peaked at number nine. On November 19, 2006, Avila performed the national anthem at the 94th Grey Cup game in Winnipeg. Eva and her Canadian Idol predecessor, Melissa O'Neil, were both nominated for the 2007 Juno Award for Best New Artist, but Tomi Swick won the award. The third and final single from Avila's album, "Fallin' for You" was released in April 2007 and peaked at number thirty-five.

2008–10: Give Me the Music[edit]

On March 26, 2007, eTalk confirmed that Avila would be the new face of Maybelline New York, making her the first Canadian to be a face for the brand. Also in 2007, she participated on the Hip Hop compilation "Les 40 Voleurs" with La Dynastie on the song "La Fausse Raison". Eva also recorded the song: "Canada (You're a Lifetime Journey)", the finale tune to the film "O Canada!" which is shown at the Canadian pavilion in Epcot in Orlando, Florida.

Following the success of her debut album, Avila returned to the recording studio in Toronto to begin work on her second album. On August 9, 2008, she announced on Canada's eTalk that the first single to be taken from her second album would be called "Give Me The Music", composed by Matrax Production and written by Frankie Storm, Tee Marie a.k.a. Tanya Miller of (Tha Kopi Writz) and Shaun Johnson[8] and would be released on September 2,[8] with the album of the same name following on October 28.[9] She also stated that the record label, Sony BMG Canada were hoping to make the record her first American release. If the album was released and well received in America, Avila stated that she hoped to extend the album's supportive tour into the U.S. When released in Canada on October 28, Eva's second album Give Me the Music hit the national albums chart at number 63, a surprisingly low debut considering the lead single had peaked at number 21 on the Canadian Hot 100. "Damned", the second single from the album debuted on the Hot 100 in January 2009 and peaked at number 83. In late March 2009, Avila was the support act for the four Canadian dates of Beyoncé Knowles' I Am... Tour. She recently performed at the Virgin Festival 2009 in Montreal. She was the third act. She also performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony on February 28, 2010.

2011[edit]

Eva Avila sang the National Anthem and performed at the half-time show at the Montreal Alouettes home opener on June 29, 2011. She sang three songs, including "I Owe It All to You". The Als defeated the B.C. Lions 30-26.

2013–Present: Dream You Better[edit]

On October 15, 2013, Eva released "Bitter Meets Sweet" the first single from her upcoming EP entitled Dream You Better, due out in 2014.

Discography[edit]

Eva Avila discography
Releases
Studio albums 2
Singles 5
Music videos 4
B-sides 3
Miscellaneous 2
Tours 2

The following is a complete discography of every album and single released by Canadian pop/R&B artist Eva Avila.

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak Certifications
(sales threshold)
CAN
2006 Somewhere Else 6
2008 Give Me the Music
  • Released: October 28, 2008
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Format: CD, digital download
63

Singles[edit]

Year Song CAN
[11]
Certifications Album
2006 "Meant to Fly" 1 Somewhere Else
"I Owe It All to You" 9
2007 "Fallin' for You" 35
2008 "Give Me the Music" 21 Give Me the Music
2009 "Damned" 83
"No More Coming Back"
2013 "Bitter Meets Sweet" October 15, 2013
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Promotional Singles[edit]

  • "The Little Drummer Boy" (2012)

Other Recordings[edit]

  • "Canada (You're a Lifetime Journey)" (from Epcot's "O Canada" film at Walt Disney World)

Appeared On[edit]

Tours[edit]

2007: Somewhere Else Tour
2009: I Am... Tour (Support act)

Controversies[edit]

Cholette and Proulx, two politicians who appeared at the Canadian Idol final, published a full page newspaper ad to ask local residents to vote for Avila. This drew criticism from local residents, who claimed it was a waste of taxpayers' money. It was later ruled that the two politicians had to pay the costs.[12]

Avila's name was mentioned in the Outaouais Parti Québécois 2007 election platform[13] recognizing local culture, including Avila and Pierre Lapointe. After complaints from her record company, Sony BMG, the party decided to remove her name.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LCN (2006-09-18). "Eva se remet de ses émotions!". 
  2. ^ CTV News (September 17, 2007). "Eva Avila takes Canadian Idol title by 3 % margin". 
  3. ^ La Haye, Dominique (2006-09-18). "Tous unis pour Eva (All united for Eva)". Le Droit. p. 2. 
  4. ^ CTV (2006-09-17). "Eva or Craig? Canadian Idol to crown champ tonight". 
  5. ^ CNW Group (October 5, 2006). "Exclusive: Canadian Idol Eva Avila Signs Modeling {sic} Contract". 
  6. ^ Turcot, Geneviève (2006-09-19). "Eva Avila sortira un album en novembre". 
  7. ^ Poirier, Dominique (2006-11-01). "Eva: La vie après Canadian Idol (Eva: Life after Canadian Idol)". La Revue de Gatineau. p. 17. 
  8. ^ a b http://www.evaavila.com/en-splash/
  9. ^ http://www.totallyeva.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1203912212&archive=
  10. ^ a b http://musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=&ica=False&sa=Eva%20Avila&sl=&smt=0&sat=-1&ssb=Artist
  11. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/301932/eva+avila/chart
  12. ^ Duquette, Patrick (2006-09-09). "Les politiciens montent dans le train d'Eva Avila (Politicians join the Eva Avila bandwagon)". Le Droit. p. 7. 
  13. ^ Radio-Canada Gatineau/Ottawa (2007-03-09). "Le P.Q. de l'Outaouais fait son mea-culpa". 

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