Singer/songwriter Jacob Evans is a relatively new name to the Savannah music scene as a solo artist, but he’s got the talent and the songs to become a mainstay. Evans is prepping the release of Just Breathe, his debut album, and celebrating it with a gig at Coastal Empire Beer Co. on Sat., July 27.
Evans got into music several years ago, taking cues early on from the late folk legend Richie Havens.
“He got me started playing guitar. I was trying so hard to play his song, ‘Freedom,’ and then I found out that it was in a different tuning,” Evans tells Connect. “[Havens] was definitely the catalyst to diving into guitar. And then with singing, it was really John Legend.”
As he started exploring music, Evans began to discover an interest in writing songs. During the summer before his senior year of high school, he started to see a more serious path towards writing and performing. College gave him the chance to start playing gigs, and he quickly began to find his sound.
“I would love to describe my music as alternative soul,” he says. The music he plays is an amalgamation of styles and influences that span genres and influences.
“The first music I ever listened to on my own was System Of A Down, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, and then John Legend,” Evans explains. The eclectic nature of his music is reflected on Just Breathe, which features a collection of songs that are relatively acoustic-based but have the feel of a modern post-genre approach to songwriting.
“It was a long process,” he says of making the record. “I’ve had one of the songs since I was in high school. And I just started producing like two or three years ago.”
The process of recording was natural and intuitive for Evans, who says he’d often play whatever came to his head and wouldn’t adhere to any rules or standards when it came to production or even the lyrical content.
“I just played what I thought would be cool, and then would sculpt the song from there,” he says. “Lyrically, a lot of the songs I write about is stuff I have to get off of my chest. Most of the songs are about my problems, but sometimes I’ll write it like I’m talking to someone else.
If Just Breathe or the lead single “One More Lie” are any indication, Evans has a fruitful career ahead of him. The music is rhythmic, heartfelt, and accessible, and it’s seemingly just the beginning for him.
“This is going to be the first time that I’ve got a solid body of work to represent me,” he says with excitement.