By Quinton J. Hobson
The very Latin-sounding “Selena” actually originates from the Greek name “Selene,” which in English translates to “Moon goddess.”
A tough name to live up to? Perhaps, but with three full-length albums and numerous awards under her belt, including an Ontario Independent Music Award for Best Urban, Toronto’s very own Empress of R&B / Soul Selena Evangeline doesn’t seem to be doing half bad; her well-endowed résumé currently boasts collaborations with the likes of Liberty Silver, Sheila E., Delta Goodrem and Johnny Reid.
Evangeline’s music can best be described as a unique hybrid of pop, R&B, soul and jazz. The timeless tunes of her greatest musical influences Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Prince and Stevie Wonder are responsible for helping mold the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – guitar, saxophone, piano, violin, to name only a few – into the artist she is today: “a world class singer,” according to Evangeline’s website.
Her music appears to have struck a chord particularly among female listeners, who thank her album This Girl’s Life for “lift(ing) them up from some of their dark places and show(ing) them hope.”
In fact, her latest studio album Left Alone features Evangeline covering popular songs made famous by songstresses such as Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross and Billie Holiday in the form of a tribute: a “musical letter of thanks” to the women who came before her.
Accompanied by her band, Evangeline is scheduled to showcase her many talents as both a vocalist and instrumentalist at the Tropical Nights Bar & Lounge on Sunday, July 19, where audiences are invited to watch the singer perform free of charge in her Live on the Patio show.
Tropical Nights Bar & Grill Lounge is at 1154 Morningside Ave., Scarborough, with the show beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Nizam at 647-449-8926, or Dave at 647-221-4257.