Jared Evan (born September 21, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and rapper. He was born in Great Neck, New York. He was signed to Zone 4 under Interscope Records. The song "Frozen" which Jared wrote and produced, appeared on the LeBron James documentary soundtrack entitled Music Inspired by More Than a Game. In 2013 his album Boom Bap & Blues with Statik Selektah peaked at No. 8 on the iTunes Soul charts independently.
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|Born||September 21, 1989|
Great Neck, New York, United States
|Genres||Soul, Pop, Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop,|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Producer, Rapper, Drummer|
|Labels||Zone 4, Interscope, EP Entertainment|
|Associated acts||Pharrell, Jimmy Douglass, Hoodie Allen, Illmind, Statik Selektah, Action Bronson|
Jared Evan Siegel grew up in Great Neck, New York. He started out by playing the drums, dreaming to one day become the next Keith Moon. Initially wanting to be a professional drummer, Jared eventually began taking on several other talents. He later became heavily influenced by seminal hip hop artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def, Kool G Rap, and A Tribe Called Quest. He studied early hip hop while also taking musical cues from his alternative and r&b/soul influences such as Thom Yorke, Cream, Bradley Nowell, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, James Brown and others. His early years were troubled and music provided a therapeutic outlet for him.
Later, Jared focused more on producing and songwriting. He started to incorporate raps, while introducing melodic undertones over his own production. In 2008 at the age of 18, Jared won the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival's Spit 16 competition curated by The Source.
It was around this time where Jared started interning at The FADER in New York City. He gave his then mixtape Radio In My Head to friend and acclaimed Hip Hop director Rik Cordero (whom he met while interning at The FADER). Rik and Jared started creating visually stunning music videos to complement Jared's sound. These videos were then circulated to the top music executives and within weeks Jared had several major label offers.
In June 2009, Jared decided to sign with Zone 4/Interscope with the support of Jimmy Iovine. In October 2009, Jared was featured in Billboard as an "Under the radar artist with the potential to break into the big time."
In August 2010, Interscope released the single, "In Love with You." In March 2011, the song was aired on the Greek television show Radio Arvyla and because of this, it met great success, reaching No. 1 overall on the Greek iTunes charts. During this time, he had also worked with some of his musical heroes such as Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Dr. Dre and Mike Elizondo.
In the Spring of 2011, Jared joined OneRepublic on a nationwide tour. At the end of 2011, Jared opted out of his contract with Interscope. He split ways with the label expressing that they were not supporting his true vision thoroughly. After leaving and going independent, Jared formed a passionate cult fan base.
In 2012, Jared released his debut project entitled The 4th Chapter. It was released to fans for free online. He then helped write and produce a large portion of Hoodie Allen's mixtape Crew Cuts, before releasing his collaboration album with Statik Selektah entitled Boom Bap & Blues on February 26, 2013. It features artists like Joey Badass and Action Bronson, amongst several others. It was originally released as a free album through Jared's website, although days later the album debuted at No. 29 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts. Within a couple of hours it shot to No. 8. Boom Bap & Blues is said to be some of Jared's best work and has become critically acclaimed.
In 2014, Jared produced a large portion of Hoodie Allen's debut album People Keep Talking. One of the songs, "Numbers," which Evan produced and co-wrote, met great success reaching No. 5 overall on the iTunes charts.
In January 2018 Jared signed with EP Entertainment.
Evan's musical style combines soul, hip-hop, and pop with alternative rock and alternative R&B influences. He is known for an introspective style of songwriting, often citing Bradley Nowell, The Beatles, Radiohead, Mos Def, Al Green, Rza, DJ Premier, Stevie Wonder and early Coldplay as his main influences.
- The 4th Chapter (2012)
- Pieces (2013)
- Collaborative albums
- The Art Form of Whatever (2015)
- The Blanket Truth (2016)
- "More Than A Game (Explicit Version): Various artists". Amazon. September 29, 2009.
- Stewart, Justin T. (September 2, 2009). "Official Soundtrack for "More Than A Game"". Hip Hop Wired.
- Rubenstein, Jenna Hally (February 28, 2013). "Buzzworthy Obsession: Jared Evan's New Album, 'Boom Bap & Blues'". Buzzworthy MTV.
- Sheehan, Ben (October 12, 2009). "Jared Evan Is Ready To Make Major Noise". Billboard.
- "Download: Jared Evan – The Fourth Chapter EP". Baller Status. June 27, 2012.
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