John Evans and Jenny Stokes met online in October of 2016. It all started with collaboration on one song, which quickly led to another, and another until the album 'Beyond the Gates' was complete nearly 10 months later. Similar interests in music along with two personalities that clicked made the partnership strong. A strong partnership that was needed due to the fact that they live on opposite sides of the planet. John Evans is based in the U.S. (Pennsylvania) and Jenny Stokes is based in New Zealand (Hamilton). The collaboration is a bit unique in that it occurs entirely through emails. Thousands of emails at this point. In fact John and Jenny have never met and have only spoken to each other one time on the phone.
With the successful release of 'Beyond the Gates' behind them, as well as several singles, they moved on to their follow up concept album 'Valley of the Kings' which was released on April 26, 2018.
GUITARS, BASS, KEYBOARDS
I am a musician who lives in the US. Pennsylvania to be exact. I have been playing guitar for many years (more than I care to count). I am a lover of all music and often sway wildly between genres while listening in the car, at home, etc. I have great respect for individuals at the top of their musical game. Intricate playing draws me in, as does meaningful and unique lyrics. Although I began listening to Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, etc. as a teen (I still love those bands) these days Dream Theater, John 5, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, The White Buffalo, and Audra Mae seem to dominate my daily playlists.
VOCALS, LYRICS, PIANO
I'm a songwriter/musician who lives and plays in Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Piano's my first love but I play around with any instrument I can get my hands on. When it comes to writing music, nothing inspires me more than going to a live show. I feed on live music and support it whenever I can. Like my writing, my music tastes are pretty varied: from Mozart and Mendelssohn to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and the blues (John Lee Hooker and, as a piano player, Thelonious Monk). I love Kaleo, Linkin Park (RIP Chester), Metallica, A7X (RIP The Rev), Red, Evanescence, Theocracy, Demon Hunter, and the fantastic Devin Townsend Project (what a voice!) plus fabulous New Zealand bands Devilskin and Coridian. The list goes on. Utterly brilliant all of them.
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