Jared Evan

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Jared Evan
Live at the Double Seven NYC
Background information
Born (1989-09-21) September 21, 1989 (age 24)
Origin Great Neck, New York, United States
Genres Soul, Pop, Hip hop,
Occupations Singer, Producer, Rapper
Labels Zone 4, Interscope
Associated acts Pharrell, Jimmy Douglass, Hoodie Allen, Illmind, Joey Badass, Statik Selektah, Action Bronson, Chiddy Bang

Jared Evan (born September 21, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and rapper. He was born in Great Neck Nassau County, New York. He was signed to Zone 4 under Interscope Records. The song "Frozen" which Jared wrote and produced, appeared on the Lebron James documentary soundtrack entitled "Music Inspired by More Than a Game". Jared's buzz single "In Love With You" produced by Polow Da Don, made its TV debut on the HBO series Entourage on 8/22/10.[1][2][3][4][5]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Jared Evan Siegel grew up in Great Neck, New York. He started out by playing the drums, hoping for the chance to one day become the next Keith Moon. With an introduction to music at an unusually young age, Jared found himself discovering and listening to artists that were way before his time. "I was the only 6 year old in my grade listening to Led Zeppelin and Al Green". "I would bring James Brown albums to school and other kids thought I was weird". Initially wanting to break as a professional drummer, Jared began to experiment with several other instruments. His early years were filled with a lot of problems in school and music provided a therapeutic outlet for him. Eventually, he later became heavily influenced by older seminal Hip Hop artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def, Kool G Rap, Pete Rock, and The Fugees. He then started to fuse his new passion with his old. Taking musical cues from his Classic Rock and R&B/Soul influences such as Led Zeppelin, Al Green, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bradley Nowell, James Brown and others.

Soon after, Jared became more serious about producing and singing. He started to incorporate rhyming, while introducing melodic undertones over his own production. In 2008 at the age of 18, Jared won the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival’s Spit 16 competition[6] curated by The Source (magazine). He was invited to open the festival and his performance immediately caught the attention of attendees, MC’s and the press. Off of the strength of his performance, Jared was invited to perform several shows including an opening gig for Lupe Fiasco in the fall of 2008.

At that point, Jared started working extensively in his home studio to complete his very first project entitled “Radio In My Head”. It was around this time where he started interning at The FADER in New York City. Jared gave the mixtape to friend and acclaimed Hip Hop director Rik Cordero (whom he met while interning at The FADER). Rik said this about Jared after hearing the mixtape: “He meshes Hip Hop, Neo Soul and Post Punk influences, with old-school R&B and Classic Rock to create a truly unique sound.” Rik and Jared immediately began to create visually stunning music videos to complement Jared’s sound. These videos were then circulated to the top music executives and within weeks Jared had several major label offers.

Career[edit]

In June 2009, Jared decided to sign with Zone 4/Interscope, with the support of Jimmy Iovine, Polow da Don, and Jimmy Douglass.[7] In October 2009, Jared was featured in Billboard as an "Under the radar artist with the potential to break into the big time",[8] and has also been featured in an exclusive interview by The Source,[9] and on E![10]

In August 2010, Jared released the single, "In Love with You". In March 2011, The song was promoted by the Greek TV comedy show Radio Arvyla and because of this it met great success, reaching #1 on the Greek iTunes Pop charts.

"In Love with You" was also featured in a trailer for the video game, Street Fighter X Tekken.

At the end of 2011, Jared officially opted out of his record contract with Interscope. Originally being a top priority artist on Interscope, he eventually split ways with the label expressing that they were not supporting his true vision thoroughly. After leaving his label and becoming an independent artist, Jared has since then been able to form a passionate cult fan base that has continued to grow tremendously.

Jared helped write and produced a large portion of Hoodie Allen's mixtape, Crew Cuts, before releasing his collaboration album with Statik Selektah entitled Boom Bap & Blues on February 26, 2013. It features artists like Joey Badass, Action Bronson, and Hoodie Allen, amongst several others. It was originally released as a free album via Jared's website and Soundcloud. Although days later when it became live on iTunes, the album immediately debuted at #29 on the Top R&B/Soul charts and within a couple of hours shot to #10. Boom Bap & Blues is said to be Jared's best work to date and has become critically acclaimed.

Sound[edit]

Jared is known for a unique sound which combines soul, old-school hip hop, and alternative R&B with some pop and alternative rock influences.

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Radio in My Head (2010)

EPs[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • TBA (2014)

Collaborative Albums[edit]

References[edit]

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