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Doing it Frank's way

BARBARA WICKENS August 11 1997
PEOPLE

Doing it Frank's way

BARBARA WICKENS August 11 1997

Doing it Frank's way

BARBARA WICKENS

PEOPLE

Singer Brian Evans is a man on a mission—to make as much music as quickly as possible. The 26-year-old crooner, whose musical style ranges from

soft pop to big band, has not taken a day off in eight months, performing everywhere from concert halls to smoky bars throughout the Pacific Northwest. Reviewers have likened him to a young Frank Sinatra, to whom Evans paid tribute on his first CD, 1997’s Quite Frankly. His Sinatrastyle lounge act, not surprisingly, tends to attract audiences who look as though they saw the original version when he was young. Now, Evans is hoping to broaden his appeal with the release this month of a CD of original material, Emotional Man. Oddly, it wasn’t

until the Boston-born Evans abandoned Los Angeles and moved north to Richmond, B.C., in December that he was able to make headway with his music. He spent nine years in L.A, helping support himself with guest appearances on such TV shows as Full House and Beverly Hills 90210. “I have all this music that I worked on all those years when people just wouldn’t return my phone calls,” says Evans. “And now they’re calling me back. Maybe it works better if you’re in another area code.”