There are a lot of parallels between Evangelia and New York City. Both embody a youthful exuberance and optimism. Both carry the best traits that come along with a rich background of diversity and eclecticism. And both possess a certain timelessness and charisma that leaves you believing you’re in the presence of something very special.
Raised in New Jersey and spending summers in Greece, Evangelia was always drawn to the sort of emotional connectivity that good music creates and how different cultures communicate that. Even today it’s the pursuit of that connection that finds her delving nightly into the myriad of local cultural experiences that New York’s creative community provides.
On her upcoming debut EP, an attentive listener can feel the rhythmic pulse of the Mediterranean Sea where she spent summers as a kid writing lyrics on the balcony of her family’s farmhouse. Another listen will bring to light the influence of 60 years worth of folk heroes and rock bands and jazz trios trying to make a name for themselves at The Bitter End or Kenny’s Castaways. Perhaps, the most endearing experience you will hear though is that of the Jersey girl with an all-consuming passion for music that found her playing at clubs throughout the tri-state area both solo and with Little Rose; the alt-folk band she formed with some of the standout players she met through the open mics she organized while at Rutgers University.
Still, it’s the rare presence and talent Evangelia possesses that allows her to combine all these vast influences and experiences seamlessly as if they were always meant to be brought together. On her debut EP, we will experience the first touch point in the career of what will undoubtedly be a very special artist.