SONG PREMIERE: Stream/download the emotional ‘Heal Me’ by Katie Evans for free
Peckville singer/songwriter Katie Evans has been playing music since she was 13 years old, but the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene has really gotten to know her better over the past year at frequent shows across the area and as a finalist in NEPA Scene’s Got Talent. With her first demo set for release on Thursday, Aug. 27, NEPA Scene wanted to give our readers an exclusive early listen to this up-and-coming new voice with the premiere of “Heal Me,” the first single from the EP.
“The song ‘Heal Me’ I wrote in the ER of the new hospital while my grandmother was there. While we were there, they didn’t have enough rooms and I witnessed a lot of people in the halls screaming in pain, just waiting for help. It was a very dark experience for me, witnessing all that,” Evans shared.
“‘Heal Me’ had the best response [from listeners], so taking that into account, I decided that would be a good choice for a first single. As far as the other songs go, they don’t stray from my ‘sound,’ but this one is definitely the hardest of the three tracks.”
The track is available to stream or download for free via NEPA Scene’s SoundCloud page:
While the 27-year-old has trouble defining her sound, there’s no question that there’s passion present in every breath as she sings.
“Every time I get asked what kind of music I play, I sort of draw a blank. I’m just me, but I guess you can say ‘acoustic rock.’ However, in the future, I would love a backup band. As Andrew Merkle from Eye on Attraction says, ‘I’m Katie Evans with my imaginary rock band,’” she related with a laugh.
Evans, affectionately known as “Kevans” to her friends, recorded her three-song demo at JL Studios in Olyphant, an experience she described as “amazing.”
“It was my first time ever in a real studio, and I had lots of support with some friends who came in just to watch, as well as Amber Sauls, also from Eye on Attraction, who added her fabulous vocals on ‘Just Leave,'” Evans recalled.
“We recorded all three songs that day. First we tracked the guitars, then did all the vocals. All together, with mixing, we were there five and a half hours. Best. Time. Ever. I plan to go back for a full album in early spring 2016.”
Her demo release show on Aug. 27 will be held just down the road at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill (120 Lincoln St., Olyphant), with opening sets by Asialena and Adam Bailey, who premiered his own song on NEPA Scene earlier this week. The free concert starts at 8 p.m., and the EP is $3.
For more information on the release show, visit the Facebook event page.
Lead photo by Robb Malloy/NEPA Scene