|Birth name||Adriana Evans|
|Also known as||Adriana Madera|
|Born||1974 (age 43–44)
San Francisco, California, United States
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Labels||Loud, Universal Music
Next Thing, Expansion Guerilla
|Associated acts||Dred Scott, The Rebirth
Sy Smith, Pharoah Sanders
Adriana Evans, (also known as Adriana Madera) is an American R&B soul singer-songwriter. She was born 1974 in San Francisco. Her debut album entitled Adriana Evans was released in 1997 and peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Adriana Evans was born into music, both genetically and geographically. Her mother is jazz recording artist Mary Stallings who sang with jazz artists like Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie and her godfather being jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. As such, Evans finds a great deal of her musical upbringing in jazz music. In addition to being immersed in the sounds of jazz and blues growing up, she also heard Afro Cuban music from her father's culture. And being a native of the musically rich city of San Francisco, she was exposed to soul, rock, hip hop, and everything in between.
At the age of 18, Adriana moved to Los Angeles where she planned to attend college. While living in the city, she met rapper Dred Scott and the two quickly became friends. As their friendship grew, the two began working together in music. Because of this relationship, Adriana Evans appeared on Dred Scott's "Check the Vibe" in 1994 and Evans relied heavily on Scott for production on her debut album Adriana Evans released on RCA Records in 1997.
Paul Stewart, CEO of PMP records, played a crucial role in helping Adriana Evans get a deal with Capitol Records during the 1990s. Stewart was attracted to Evans after hearing a demo featuring her and having seen her in the video for Scott's "Check the Vibe." As Capitol Records folded, Stewart brought Evans onto his PMP Records where she released her self-titled debut album.
Adriana's self-titled debut album featured two singles, "Love Is All Around" and "Seein' Is Believing." The two singles charted, with the former reaching #65 on the R&B charts and the latter reaching #50.
After the release of her debut record, Adriana became disillusioned with the music industry, took refuge in Brazil, and didn't record a follow-up until 2004's Nomadic, an album that explored various genres, held together by a theme of what she described as "African music." The next year she released Kismet (a compilation album). In 2007 Evans released El Camino, an album that, more than her previous records, was influenced by her stay in Brazil. Evans' fifth LP, Walking with the Night, was released in 2010; "Weatherman" was the album's first single.
Adriana recorded new songs for the soundtrack to Logo TV's hit television series Noah's Arc. The song Remember the Love was used both seasons in 2005 and 2006 as the opening theme. Songs from her 2004 album Nomadic and 2007's El Camino also appears on the soundtrack.
- "Reality" (1995)
- "Love Is All Around", 1997
- "Seein' Is Believing", 1997
- "Remember the Love", 2004
- "7 Days", 2004
- "Hey Now", 2006
- "All for Love", 2007
- "Before You", 2007
- "Weatherman", 2010
- "Suddenly", 2010
- Hoodlum (1997)
- Ride (1998)
- Noah's Arc: Season 1 & 2 TV Series (2006)
- Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)
- Dred Scott – Breaking Combs (1994)
- songs – lead vocals performed on "Check the Vibe", "Swingin' from the Tree"
- Dred Scott – Small Clubs Are Dead (1995)
- DJ Deckstream – Soundtracks (2007)
- song – lead vocals performed on "Memory of Melodies"
- (written by Adriana Evans, Dred Scott, DJ Deckstream)