This inspirational artist has forged a unique repertoire through hard work, lots of gigging and a passion for writing that has seen her record or share the stage with the likes of David Gray, Courtney Pine, Neil Barnes (Leftfield), Ani Difranco, DJ Skitz and John Martyn who she recently supported on his UK tour.
Eva was born in north London to Hungarian and Polish parents and through her childhood was immersed in the sounds of classical and Hungarian gypsy folk music. Also on the family stereo was a mix of American country music, Simon & Garfunkel, Nancy & Lee, The Beach Boys and Barbara Streisand. Through a childhood friend she was also exposed to a heavy dose of reggae and lovers rock. Later Eva’s love of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Gil Scott-Heron all helped forge the sound she has created for her own music.
Other musical influences include Kristen Hersch, Nina Simone, Gillian Welch, Etta James, Neil Young, Zero 7, Jeff Buckley, Paul Weller and the Big Chill’s many compilation albums. There was never any doubt that Eva would choose a life of song writing and performing in some shape or form. So as soon as she could she graced the stage. After purchasing her first acoustic guitar, Eva immediately began to pen her first songs and was later introduced to open mic nights at the world famous Troubadour on the Old Brompton Road where she regularly performed, handcrafting the perfect song writing ingredients, about to be unveiled on her exceptional debut solo album.
Eva quickly found her audience and moved onto gigs at the 12 Bar Club, Mean Fiddler Acoustic Room and later her band ‘Evalution’ picked up gigs all over London. She went on to sell-out performances at The Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts and Dingwalls with her first critically acclaimed album ‘Soul Glide’ which she released on her own record label. Evalution soon had festival bookings including Glastonbury, Phoenix and the Cambridge Folk Festival.
Tragically, Eva lost a close friend, guitarist and musical mentor to leukemia and sought solace in writing songs. In October 2001 she signed a record deal with the hip independent label City Rockers where she had the opportunity to record a collection of songs which would become her forthcoming spell binding album ‘Shadow Gazing’. Unfortunately the label lost it’s funding from backers Ministry of Sound and after a year of delivering the album, whilst still waiting for release, she exercised her right to reclaim the recording. Happily Eva has walked free with the music she is so proud of.
In recording ‘Shadow Gazing’, Eva bought in a collection of musicians and producers to complement the acoustic beauty of her sound. The album is lush in harmonies, strings by Andy Nice and Andy Waterworth from ‘Instrumental’ and the drums of Crispin Taylor from Zero 7. Produced by Niven Garland (Portishead), the album has been likened to artists such as Beth Gibbons, Joni Mitchell, PJ Harvey, Beth Orton and Eva Cassidy. “I think I’m in good company then’ says Eva who describes herself as ‘a passionate, warm, creative clown who writes from the heart’. She says of her debut ‘If we look a bit deeper we might see that something positive can come out of strange, perhaps sad situations, and we can glow’. And with material in place for at least another two albums, the future glows for Eva Abraham.