Complete album by Eva Auad, release March 2, 2012.
Eva Auad (Eva Maria Awad, b. 1982) is an assertive soulful singer from The
Netherlands. Her music is versatile, transcending strict pop categories, but
her melodic and harmonic beauty give her a cross-genre appeal. Drawing on
traditions, she looks forward.
Eva knew by age 12 that music was her destiny, and as a pre-teen began a
journey to express the rhapsody swirling in her head. She performed solo, in
bands, and as half of a duo; sang covers and originals; landed festival
bookings and radio gigs, and of course traveled the small club circuit. She
was paying dues like any young musician, but still uncertain of her own
artistic identity. Auad developed an adventurous style of composition, but
found she didn't fit neatly into music industry templates.
In 2010, Eva entered the “Voice of Holland” competition. The jury was
stunned at her apparently sudden emergence and artistic maturity: Jurist
Roel van Velzen told her, “Are you even aware of your talent?” Although she
did not reach the finals, record companies took notice of this extraordinary
audition and she was pursued by several labels.
In 2011, Eva decided to sign with Basta Music, for whom she recorded her
debut album later that year. She was teamed with producers JB Meijers
(Solomon Burke, Go Back to the Zoo), Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M., The Posies)
and Joost Kroon (Kane, New Cool Collective). They emerged from the sessions
with an album that demonstrates Eva has arrived in spectacular fashion. Amid
the power ballads, dance floor grooves, and catchy pop confections, they
included an authentic tango. Eva Auad's daring debut is set for release in
early March 2012
Eva is a very ambitious, very heavy songwriter –
"I can hear shades Prince, Stevie Wonder, and other
musical heavyweights when I hear her songs,
and her voice is an instrument totally at her command,
she blows away all your typical pyrotechnical divas...
as Eva is not a product, but her own artistic powerhouse.
Kudos! Will be a great album." - Ken Stringfellow