Like a fine red wine, soul singer Alexis Evans gets better with age. The best evidence of this is his new album, Yours Truly.
This third studio album by Bordeaux, France-based singer-songwriter Alexis Evans sees the light four years after his previous album, I've Come A Long Way, which Rolling Stone France called the "Soul album of the year.”
Yours Truly consists of 12 brilliantly soulful cuts that take direct inspiration from '60s and '70s classic soul music adding a sound that is firmly rooted in today. The album was recorded between Bordeaux and Nantes during 2021 and the beginning of 2022. The idea behind the new album was to find a unique sound, mixing classic '60s and '70s soul music with more contemporary influences such as hip-hop beats, jazz, reggae, and Caribbean sounds. To do that, Alexis paired up with producer Louis-Marin Renaud, known for his work with French-English singer, actress, and model Lou Doillon and country-soul rising star Theo Lawrence, who took part in the arrangements and mixed the album.
Alexis Evans, songwriter with a timeless style, found the love of music and learned to play guitar thanks to his father, an English musician. His inspirations range from Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke to David Bowie. At the age of 17 he debuted with his first project “Jumping To The Westside,” for which he was awarded the Cognac Blues Passion prize. He then flew to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, where he impressed the American audience even though he was still a teenager.
Evans has built a household name in the scene as the “enfant prodige of soul” starting with his first album, released in 2015, and consolidated his reputation with his second long play, I’ve Come A Long Way, released in 2019 on Record Kicks. Following the release of the album, Alexis toured in France and Europe extensively, stopped only in 2020 by the pandemic. Thanks to the forced break, Alexis started to lay down the new album, and he’s now ready to present the fruit of his hard work.