Afro Futuristic Musical Story
A sci-fi soulful mix eclectically spans the R & B music universe and is titled A Girl From Earth. Ms. Rachel C. Evans talks about producing her debut album in this Black Music Month feature.
She’s the daughter of the legendary keyboardist Carl Evans, Jr. of the San Diego-based Fatburger smooth jazz group popular in the 1980s. In one of my best interviews, Rachel and I discussed meaningful moments with her late father, code-switching, growing up in a musical family, and how she sees music as a form of storytelling.
Produced as the second episode of my Soul Sounds series we journey with Ms. Evan into the outer reaches of her creativity exploring excerpts of her songs.
An undeniable talent, the singer-songwriter has a surprisingly unassuming presence given she grew up around greats such as Hollis Gentry III, and Nathan East. Interestingly, in conversation, it’s difficult to imagine her crisp, pristine articulation breaking into deep rhythmic tones. But, she sure does.
Sharing her inspirations, aspirations, and artistic lyricism in a variety of jazzy neo-soul styles. It’s both familiar and different as she brings us along while charting her own path through the cosmos.
After our Soul Sounds interview was promoted on social channels, Ms. Evans was invited to participate in Afrofuturism events during Comic-Con. She spoke on panels and shared with me how young people were dancing to her songs. It was otherworldly.
Unfortunately, links to her album are no longer available. I’m on the lookout and will update this post if I find them.
This episode of Soul Sounds was licensed by the San Diego Monitor News and featured during Black Music Month in June 2019.