EVANS AND STOKES
We met online back in October of 2016 and right from the beginning we seemed to click musically. Although we come from completely different backgrounds our musical tastes meshed well, as did our desire to put our creations out there for others to hear. We started with collaborating on one song, which turned out to be the song ‘Kingdom’ which is on our first album. The music had already been written by John but was in need of lyrics and vocals, and Jenny was eager to contribute. The experience we had finalizing this song was enough to know that our partnership was solid. So we decided to go full on and make the Metal concept album ‘Beyond The Gates’. The album took over 10 months to complete and with the two of us being literally on opposite sides of the planet it was a huge undertaking. The fact is that Jenny and I have only spoken to each other one time! One time we had a Skype call to discuss the vision for the album. The rest of the process was done through thousands of emails, sharing files on Dropbox, etc. Back and forth, and back and forth, until each song was complete. An exhausting but very rewarding process. So that’s our story through today, but it is still evolving as we create more music together. Stay tuned!
VOCALS, LYRICS, PIANO
Hey. Jenny Stokes here. 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, there's nothing that inspires me more than going to a live show. I feed on live music and support it whenever I can. I started out by listening to what my parents listened to: Mozart, Mendelssohn, Elvis, CCR, The Guess Who among others. Early on I fell in love with the weird drama of Queen, Bowie, and Pink Floyd and the more bluesy sound of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. From there, grew my love of the blues -- the mellow sounds of John Lee Hooker, the harpin' of Midge Marsden, the rocking blues of The Black Keys and Kaleo -- and the heavier sounds of Alice in Chains (RIP Layne), Linkin Park (RIP Chester), Metallica, Black Sabbath (RIP Ronnie), A7X (RIP The Rev), Red, Evanescence, Theocracy, Demon Hunter, Devilskin, and, more recently, Lacuna Coil and the fantastic Devin Townsend Project. The list goes on. Utterly brilliant all of them.
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.
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