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An Interview with Evy
By CSO European Contributing Journalist, Christian Lamitschka.

Her name is pronounced "EVY" as in "Chevy" - the car. She was born September 25th in Stockholm, Sweden and have lived in Canada since she was four years old. She grew up in Toronto, Ontario and a few years ago made Tillsonburg her beautiful hometown. She play the piano by ear. Songwriting, singing and writing poetry have been part of who she‘s, since she was in her early teens. 

Question: Country Music has many new fans in Europe who may be learning about you for the first time. How would you describe the music you play to someone who's never seen or heard you before?

Answer: The music I write and sing is generally in the "Country" genre, with some Gospel, Easy Listening and Pop tunes. A most interesting comparison came from "Betty" of California who sent me an e-mail on June 14, 2004 letting me know that - "you have the voice quality like Vera Lynn and Edith Piaff." 

Question: What is your current CD and how is it doing?

Answer: My current "internet CD" is called Heartprints Of My Life and it's doing just great at
 www.musicplaces.com/country/Evy.

Question: How did you find the title for the CD and what inspired you?

Answer: In March this year, after I had a fall off the side of an open staircase (from five steps up), I wrote a poem called "Heartprints Of Your Life" which you can read at www.poetry.com under my maiden name "Evy Hannes". Everything we experience in life leaves a mark or imprint in our hearts - whether this is a happy memory or a very tragic one. The music on what I call my "Internet CD" are songs inspired by personal experiences, or what very close people to me have lived through. 

Question: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding songs for your albums?

Answer: I write all the songs myself.

Question: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer: I have a few songs that I would call a "favorite", but if I must choose one song, the title is "It's Almost Daybreak". On October 11, 2001, I had a meeting with my lawyer in Kitchener to prepare me for a "mediation" meeting with the donut shop that was being sued because of their negligence in my backward fall on July 2, 1997 which has left me permanently disabled. I needed divine guidance to help me, and the night before this mediation meeting, I prayed earnestly to God to be with me. I had a dream which sent chills down my spine as I awoke on the morning of October 11th. This dream is described in "It's Almost Daybreak". The feedback to this song was more intense than I had ever imagined possible. "It hits home" is what people say. It was difficult for me to sing because of my head injuries, but with the guidance and patience of my producer, Brian Gagnon of Rexdale, Ontario, and the back-up vocals that he added, the song was released by Caprice International Records on a CD compilation. This song also made the "Entry List" of the 45th Grammy Awards in 2002 in Category 5 - Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (For a solo vocal performance, Singles or Tracks only.) 

Question: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer: I like to keep most of the control over my music. When I give my producer a tape of a new song, I let him know what kind of background "feel" I'd like to the song. He always knows exactly what kind of production suits each song. Songs need a production that totally captures the impact and mood of the lyrics. I am so very grateful to Brian Gagnon for being so tuned in to my songs.

Question: There's a lot of work that goes into a Number One hit ... what does it take to make it?

Answer: That all depends on exactly what is considered a "Number One" hit. To be a "Number 1" on the Billboard Charts on a global scale, it takes the right song, contacts, a contract with a major record label, public performances, interviews on TV, radio and newspapers, touring, etc. Some of my songs have been a "Number 1" on some European Country DJ charts. My present music goals do not include aiming for a Number 1 global "hit". I am sharing my music on the internet with anyone who wants to hear it. Quite honestly, I would rather be a "Number 1" in a certain man's heart than a number one on any chart.

Question: How much do your songs influence your audience?

Answer: From the letters and e-mails I have received, it feels good to know that people are connecting to my songs to the extent that they feel they must contact me and let me know how they feel. And that, in itself, makes me feel great.

Question: The internet is playing a bigger and bigger part in the world of music. Has the internet hurt or helped you and how would you like to see it evolve?

Answer: The internet has opened up a global stage on which independent artists can share their songs, and sell their CD's. More and more people are tuning in to internet radio websites and internet radio shows are becoming popular. 

Question: Who do you look up to musically and where do your musical roots come from?

Answer: My musical roots come from my grandparents from both my father's and mother's side. My mother had a very beautiful singing voice and my father was a dynamic minister of a Protestant church in Europe. I look up to many great "super-stars". 

Question: What do you think about today's Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer: I think that today's Country music is a reflection of what people all over the country are feeling. The style is different than the country "roots" of years ago, but many of today's stars are recording country tunes that were made famous by stars of yesterday. A good song will never "go bad"...no matter when it was recorded or by which artist.

Question: Before you became a star, where your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

Answer: I must smile at the word "star". The first person who called me a star in the April 1998 issude of Country Music News, published in Ottawa, Ontario - was George Benninger of the Canadian Art and Collectible Show which was held in Kitchener. I had to read the article over a few times to make sure I read it correctly. The second person who called me a star was a DJ in England, called Vince, who sent me a poem: "Across the ocean, which is wide and far, there is a lovely lady who is a star. She is truly my cup of Bevy. This lovely lady's name is Evy." Some members of my family were very supportive, but most of the support came from the public.

Question: Has your journey to success been a hard or an easy road?

Answer: My journey has had some very rough roads to travel, but then, anything worth achieving is never easy. They say that the more tears you have cried, the sweeter will be your voice. I should be sounding like honey by now.

Question: What drives you? What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer: Just like a bird needs to sing, and a little puppy needs to play, I need to write music and sing songs.

Question: What does it take to be a Country Star?

Answer: I think of a star as someone whose music shines to make the world a happier place, or to give the world a song they can release their tears with. I think you need to be really tuned in to other people and their feelings and give every song you sing, your entire heart and soul. There are millions of stars in the sky. 

Question: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you're proud of?

Answer: You can find this answer on my internet biography which is at www.musicplaces.com/country/Evy. I have listed the moments that were very special to me and the wonderful people who gave me these moments to remember.

Question: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Answer: I would ask for a miracle to cure my injuries.

Question: What private hopes and desires do you have?

Answer: My private hopes and desires are to just do the best I can every day for myself and others. If I can bring a smile to someone's face that makes me happy. Giving our talents, time and love to others, has a way of coming back to us in ways that are greater than we ever expected. I feel very blessed and happy to be alive.

Question: What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Answer: Tom Tripp nominated me for his "Angel Wings Pick for Gospel Singer For June 2004". He gave me wings and made me feel like an angel.

Question: What's your favorite song that you didn't record and why?

Answer: I would like to record a song I wrote after July 2, 1997 called "Fly Quickly, Love". It would take major money to give this song the production it deserves.

Question: What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer: Thank you for letting me share my songs with you. You have made me feel very loved. 

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )

 

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