Crooner Brian Evans Sings 'Witchcraft' for Dylan McDermott

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Crooner Brian Evans, who has been performing as the opening act for comedians Jay Leno and Joan Rivers, announced that he has entered into a contract with Warner Brothers Television and ABC that will include his version of the song "Witchcraft" in the currently untitled soap about four dysfunctional CEOs, including Dylan McDermott, Michael Vartan and Christopher Titus.

Crooner Brian Evans, who has been performing as the opening act for comedians Jay Leno and Joan Rivers, announced that he has entered into a contract with Warner Brothers Television and ABC that will include his version of the song "Witchcraft" in the currently untitled soap about four dysfunctional CEOs, including Dylan McDermott, Michael Vartan and Christopher Titus.

"I'm obviously thrilled that my version of the terrific song 'Witchcraft' will be used on this television show. It's a true thrill for any artist to have their song used on television," says Evans. "You'll hear me in the very first episode, and hopefully eventually see me if I'm lucky."

Evans is about to enter the recording studio to record his major label debut. The new CD will include 10 original songs, with arrangements that were created by the late Harvey R. Cohen in what would end up being the Emmy winning arrangers his final project.

"I believe this album is my best work. I didn't want to do a sell-out CD that rehashes everyone else's material. In my opinion, that's just a big budget karaoke project. How many times can someone re-record a Frank Sinatra song, when no one alive can ever top what Sinatra did with any song he sung?" says Evans. "That becomes about marketing, not true musical substance. We've all done it, but at some point it's about proving there is talent there, not just a good marketing team."

Songs on the new CD will be "Planet Blue," "Croonerman," "Most of All," "I'm A Traveler" and "Place Your Bets."

Evans is also in final negotiations with a biocare company which intends on licensing a specially made Brian Evans CD for distribution to patients.

Evans was featured on page 199 of People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue this past November. Previous independently recorded material from Evans is available at ITunes, but will be removed once the new CD is recorded and released. He remains the only independent artist ever to be licensed by Columbia House (now BMG Direct), where his last independent CD is still sold.

"I've been laying in wait while a few new crooners got early play, but I'm of the mindset that if someone tells you no, just stop asking permission," says Evans. "My turn is coming, and the success of my competitors prove to the major labels that there is indeed a market buying what I do. It's up to them to jump on it."

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