Niki Evans

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Niki Evans
Born (1972-12-13) 13 December 1972 (age 41)
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Genres Pop, house, electronic, Soul
Occupations Singer
Years active 1985–present
Labels Gotham, Rollover, RCA
Associated acts Leon Jackson, Rhydian
Website www.niki-evans.com

Niki Evans (born 13 December 1972) is an English singer. She finished fourth on the fourth series of The X Factor in 2007. In 2009 she released her debut album By Request. Evans appearing as Mrs Johnstone in the UK national tour of Blood Brothers.[1]

Biography[edit]

Pre X Factor[edit]

Niki Evans has sung with bands since the age of 12. At the age of 16 she was signed to Libido Records, an offshoot of Pete Waterman's PWL label. "Of R Timez", a single released with Ball Parc Playerz, did not achieve chart success.[2]

  • 1990 – Toured as a solo singer with pop stars Sonia, Lonnie Gordon, Big Fun and Yell!.[3]
  • 1992 – Married and settled down in Tamworth, Staffordshire with husband Darren. They had two sons.
  • 1999 – Made her first TV appearance on the BBC's Star for a Night, hosted by Jane McDonald. Following this she was approached by songwriters Stunt Masters to record a song to front a Mars chocolate TV advertising campaign.
  • 2007 – Working as a catering manager at Polesworth International Language College in Tamworth. After her father's death she used an X Factor application form found in his personal files – and passed the audition to win a place in the live finals.[4]

The X Factor[edit]

Evans was selected for the final phase of the competition as one of three contestants in the Over 25s category mentored by competition judge Louis Walsh. The others in this category were Beverley Trotman and Daniel de Bourg.[5] Her performance of "Nothing Compares 2 U" in the first week of the live shows brought a standing ovation from the audience and acclaim from the four judges. Judge Sharon Osbourne told Evans that she was "in a class of her own". Each week Evans took on new challenges, both singing and performing, and was never placed in the bottom two, until she was eliminated at the semi-final stage.[6]

X Factor performances[edit]

Round Song choice Theme (if any) Result
Week 1 "Nothing Compares 2 U" Number One Hits Safe
Week 2 "My Heart Will Go On" Songs from the movies Safe
Week 3 "All That Jazz" Big band Safe
Week 4 "Because of You" 21st century hits Safe
Week 5 "Hot Stuff" Disco Safe
Week 6 "The Power of Love" Love songs Safe
Week 7 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Best of British Safe
"Fields of Gold"
Week 8 "Songbird" Contestant's choice Eliminated
"One Moment in Time" Mentor's choice

Post X Factor[edit]

Since appearing on The X Factor and the subsequent X Factor arena tour, Niki Evans has sung with John Barrowman[7] at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and alongside Kim Wilde and Heather Small in Dubai. She appeared as a special guest of Jasper Carrott[8] on his Christmas Rock With Laughter show at the NEC. Other appearances on TV include spots on LK Today with Lorraine Kelly and ITV’s This Morning with Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton.

  • August 2008 – Signed to artist management specialists, Liz Hobbs Group.
  • September 2008 – Successful audition for the lead part of Mrs Johnstone in the West End musical Blood Brothers.
  • October 2008 – Debut solo single "Love Me No More" scheduled for release by London-based Rollover Records on 27 October (download only).
  • October 2008 – Evans joined the Blood Brothers touring company to play Mrs Johnstone for two weeks at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
  • November 2008 – Blood Brothers West End début at the Phoenix Theatre on 3 November. Evans will be with the show until 28 March 2009.[9]
  • April 27, 2009 - Evans rejoins the West End cast of Blood Brothers until the end of September.
  • 2009-2010 - A new single 'I Feel Love', a cover of Donna Summer's 1977 hit is due for release 21 September 2009 and an album to follow in the autumn and Niki will touring early 2010. She promoted her new single with a live appearance in The Bentall Centre in Kingston-upon-Thames.
  • December 2009 - January 2010 - Appearing in pantomime as The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. She released her debut album By Request on iTunes in December 2009.
  • April 2010 - Evans rejoins the West End cast of Blood Brothers.

In 2012, Evans joined the UK tour of Legally Blonde the Musical in the role of Paulette.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart peak positions Certifications
UK IRE
2009 By Request - -

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
UK IRE
2008 "Love Me No More" - - Non-album single
2009 "I Feel Love" - - By Request
2010 "Championees" - - Non-album single
"Walk In The Silence" - - TBA

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