|Origin||Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia|
|Genres||Adult contemporary, folk, pop rock|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer|
Gyan Evans is an ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter from Australia who performs professionally as Gyan (pronounced 'Ghee-ahn'). Originally from Geelong, Gyan began her musical career in the Sydney band Haiku before winning the Grand Final in the Australian version of the TV show Star Search. This led to a recording contract with Warner.
Her debut, self-titled album was released in 1989 and featured the hit single "Wait" which remained on the ARIA Charts for over four months, peaking at No.14 and being certified Platinum. The single was co-written by Gary Frost of 1927 and Geoffrey Stapleton of GANGgajang. Gyan contained twelve songs written or co-written by Gyan and produced by Charles Fisher (Midnight Oil, Hoodoo Gurus, Olivia Newton-John, Radio Birdman). The album was a critical and commercial success (remaining in the charts for over six months) and Gyan was awarded the ARIA Award for Best New Talent in 1989. A second single, "It's Alright" was a minor hit in 1989 (No.49); a third single; "Black Wedding Ring" (No.93) was released the following year. Gyan toured Australia to promote the album, assembling a backing band christened The Dearly Beloved.
Gyan took two years to re-appear with her second album, Reddest Red, which was again produced by Charles Fisher. The lead single, "Something's Gotta Give" was a minor hit in 1992 (peaking at #80 but charting for nine weeks). A second single, "Visualize" was later released in Australia. Music from Reddest Red also appeared in the Russell Crowe film The Sum of Us.
After solid touring throughout Australia; Gyan traveled to the UK and US working on her third album, Suburban Opera with producer Desmond Child. Gyan signed to Universal Records and worked as a songwriter for LeAnn Rimes and Ricky Martin; even contributing vocals on the latter's Sound Loaded album; performing a duet on the track "Come to Me". The album sold over five million copies worldwide.
Leann covered Gyan's song "Love Is an Army" and mentioned at the time that this was her favourite of all the songs she had recorded:
- "Of all the songs I have recorded in my career, this is my favorite. It's so beautiful and emotional that you really have to feel it to sing it; you can't just go through the motions. I think the meaning of this song is open for everyone's interpretation, but for me it's about the fighting she's done for love and how in the end, love conquers all. The song is so natural, so simple. Basically, it's just my voice and strings. This song has some country elements in it, like my yodel at the end, but I wouldn't consider it a country song."
Suburban Opera was never released in its entirety; a promo-only single, "Don't Hide Your Wild Away" was released, and Gyan later released the record independently as The Invisible Bird via her website.
Collaboration with Leunig
- "It came about through a complete labour of love. I set a lot of his poetry to music over the space of a year without really knowing what I was doing. I had no motive, no plan. A friend of mine knew him and I contacted him at The Age and sent it to him, he fell madly in love with it." 
The album contained a duet with Paul Kelly on the track "The Path to Your Door". Released to glowing reviews; Gyan and Leuing launched the album at the Melbourne Writers Festival where Gyan sang and Leunig accompanied her whilst illustrating. The two artists' also performed together at the Byron Bay Writers Festival and performed four shows at the Sydney Opera House in March 2007. The performance won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Cabaret of 2007. The album of Billy the Rabbit was produced by Gyan and Simon Greaves.
Superfragilistically is the fifth album by Australian singer-songwriter Gyan that was released as a vinyl LP and CD by Museagency/Vitamin in 2010. It was runner-up Best Adult-Themed Album of 2010 in The Sydney Morning Herald which previously gave the album a four-star review, calling it "intensely beautiful, emotionally honest, sensitive and seductive". The Brisbane Courier called it a "staggeringly beautiful record". It was Album of the Week on ABC Radio National's Daily Planet and featured on ABC Triple J's Sunday Night Safran.
In 2002, Gyan contributed the song "Life's Great If You Don't Weaken" to the soundtrack of the Australian film The Nugget and co-wrote Paul Kelly's "Nobody She Knows". She also appears on the album Hymn for Her from James Cruickshank of The Cruel Sea.
2008 saw the publication of Gyan's children's book, How Weird Is That? which features illustrations by Michelle Dawson. The book was shortlisted for the Crichton Award for Children's Book Illustration by the Children's Book Council of Australia. She also published a collection of poetry entitled Bear in Mind in 2012.
- 1989 – "Wait" (B-side: "Love in Question") AUS #14
- 1989 – "It's Alright" (B-side: "Don't Touch (What You Can't Afford)") AUS #49
- 1990 – "Black Wedding Ring" (B-side: "Head Over Heels") AUS #93
- 1992 – "Something's Gotta Give" (B-sides: "Rooms by the Sea" and "Wait") AUS #80
- 1992 – "Visualize" (B-sides: "Shortest Day" and "Take from Me")
- 2001 – "Don't Hide Your Wild Away" (Promo-only single; no B-side)
- 1989 – Gyan AUS #27 (gold)
- 1992 – Reddest Red
- 2003 – The Invisible Bird (aka Suburban Opera)
- 2006 – Billy the Rabbit
- 2010 – Superfragilistically