Jared Evan

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Jared Evan
Jared Evan live in NYC.jpg
Live at the Double Seven NYC
Background information
Born (1989-09-21) September 21, 1989 (age 25)
Great Neck, New York, United States
Genres Soul, Pop, Hip hop
Occupation(s) 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.[1][2] In 2013 his album Boom Bap & Blues with Statik Selektah peaked at No. 8 on the iTunes Soul charts independently.[3]

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. Initially wanting to break as a professional drummer, Jared eventually began taking on several other instruments. His early years were filled with a lot of problems in school and music provided a therapeutic outlet for him. He later became heavily influenced by older seminal hip hop artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock, and The Fugees. He studied early hip hop while also taking musical cues from his alternative, classic rock and R&B/soul influences such as Bradley Nowell, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, James Brown and others.

Later, Jared became more serious about producing and singing. He started to incorporate raps, 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 curated by The Source.

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 tape to friend and acclaimed Hip Hop director Rik Cordero (whom he met while interning at The FADER). Rik and Evan immediately created visually stunning music videos to complement Evan’s sound. These videos were then circulated to the top music executives and within weeks Evan had several major label offers.

Career[edit]

In June 2009, Evan decided to sign with Zone 4/Interscope, with the support of Jimmy Iovine. In October 2009, Jared was featured in Billboard as an "Under the radar artist with the potential to break into the big time."[4]

In August 2010, Interscope released the single, "In Love with You." In March 2011, the song was aired on the Greek television comedy show Radio Arvyla and because of this, it was met great success, reaching No. 1 overall on the Greek iTunes pop charts. During this time, he had also worked with some of his musical heroes such as Pharrell, Mike Elizondo, Chad Hugo, and Dr Dre.

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

In 2012, Evan released his debut EP titled The Fourth Chapter. It was released to fans for free online.[5] Evan 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 and Action Bronson, amongst several others. It was originally released as a free album through Evan's website and Soundcloud. Days later the album debuted at No. 29 on the Top R&B/Soul charts. Within a couple of hours it shot to No. 10. Boom Bap & Blues is said to be Evan's best work to date and has become critically acclaimed.

In 2014, Jared produced a large portion of Hoodie Allen's debut album People Keep Talking. One of the songs, "Numbers," which Evan produced and co-wrote, was met great success reaching No. 5 overall on the iTunes charts.

Musical style[edit]

Evan 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]

EPs[edit]

Collaborative albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "More Than A Game (Explicit Version): Various artists". Amazon. September 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ Stewart, Justin T. (September 2, 2009). "Official Soundtrack for "More Than A Game"". Hip Hop Wired. 
  3. ^ Rubenstein, Jenna Hally (February 28, 2013). "Buzzworthy Obsession: Jared Evan’s New Album, ‘Boom Bap & Blues’". Buzzworthy MTV. 
  4. ^ Sheehan, Ben (October 12, 2009). "Jared Evan Is Ready To Make Major Noise". Billboard. 
  5. ^ "Download: Jared Evan – The Fourth Chapter EP". Baller Status. June 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Top Of The year: EP's of 2013". OK-Tho. January 7, 2014. 

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