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 27)
Great Neck, New York, United States
Genres Soul, Pop, Hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer, Producer, Rapper
Years active 2010–present
Labels Zone 4, Interscope
Associated acts Pharrell, Jimmy Douglass, Hoodie Allen, Illmind, Statik Selektah, Action Bronson

Jared Evan (born September 21, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and rapper. He was born in Great Neck, 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 be 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, and A Tribe Called Quest. He studied early hip hop while also taking musical cues from his alternative, classic rock and r&b/soul influences such as Thom Yorke, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, James Brown and others.

Later, Jared focused more on 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.

It was around this time where Jared started interning at The FADER in New York City. He gave his then mixtape Radio In My Head to friend and acclaimed Hip Hop director Rik Cordero (whom he met while interning at The FADER). Rik and Jared started creating 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. 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.

In the Spring of 2011, Jared joined OneRepublic on a nationwide tour. At the end of 2011, Jared opted out of his contract with Interscope. He split ways with the label expressing that they were not supporting his true vision thoroughly. After leaving and going independent, Jared formed a passionate cult fan base.

In 2012, Jared released his debut EP titled The 4th 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 Jared's website. Although 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 some of Jared's best work 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, met great success reaching No. 5 overall on the iTunes charts.

On June 3, 2015, Jared dropped a free mixtape called The Art Form of Whatever.

On November 4, 2016, Jared released his first official solo album "The Blanket Truth". It debuted at No. 50 on the iTunes pop charts, and peaked at No. 30.

Musical style[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • The Blanket Truth (2016)
Collaborative albums
Mixtapes
  • The Art Form of Whatever (2015)
EPs
  • The 4th Chapter (2012)
  • Pieces (2013)

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. 

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