Owner/Lead Female Vocals, Event Specialist and MC -
Former "Victoria" Valiantette with Vince Vance & The Valiants from 1993-2001
Brandi is a powerful voice in a little package. Her vocal talents range from Country to R&B, Pop to Alternative Rock. Brandi began her musical career in 1983 at the ripe age of 10 singing and dancing at numerous oprys throughout North Texas. Duiring her years in the Oprys, she had the privledge of sharing the stage, even singing a duet with the now famous Leann Rimes. In 1991, while continuing to perform at oprys, Mrs. Evans gained notoriety when she became one of the top 12 finalists in the Garland Country Music Association Scholarship contest.
After local gigs in clubs around town she joined Vince Vance and The Valiants as Victoria Valiantette for eight years of touring and entertaining.
In 1993, Brandi joined the nationally renowned show band, Vince Vance and The Valiants, where she toured extensively across the USA and Internationally as the group's lead Valianette, Victoria. This popular, high-energy musical revue allowed Brandi to shine as a professional singer, dancer and actress. Not only has she shared the stage with well-known celebrities (Huey Lewis, James Brown, Harry Connick, The Four Tops, Chubby Checker and many more), she's performed from the Superdome to the Superbowl and the Waldorf Astoria to the White House.
During her eight-year run with Vince Vance, in addition to live performing, she choreographed dance routines and arranged vocal parts and sang on various studio projects, including the albums "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Tamale Wagon".
She also made three appearances on the Dallas television program "Good Morning Texas", singing background vocals on the ..1 Christmas hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You", and was featured on the nationally televised "This is Garth Brooks" concert special in 1993.
She could also be seen on the "Travel Channel" that aired a documentary of the bands "life on the road". In 1997, Brandi left Vince Vance and the Valiants to pursue new musical avenues and form her own band, Broadway West.
In addition to performing in Broadway West, she also worked as a singer/dancer in the historical Dallas Alley, in Dallas, TX, and again maintained the title of Head Choreographer. She also eventually became one of the DJ's who sat behine the board to spin the hits...pretty awesome for a girl! During this year, Brandi also found time to achieve the position of first runner-up in the 1997 National Karaoke Finals. Brandi was asked if she would like to join the winner to go to the once famous hit show "Star Search" just incase he couldn't make it and she would become the winner...things happened and she was not able to go. September through January of this year, Brandi was singing live every week on a local radio show called "Peter Koschel Presents".
By March of 1999, Brandi went back on the road with Vince Vance and the Valiants.
The years she was with them, she had performed at the following:
Just take a look at this...
American Bankers Association
American Dental Association
International Facility Managers Association
National Business Travel Association
National Retail Druggists Association
National Tour Association
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Louisiana State Fair
Missouri State Fair
Oklahoma State Fair
State Fair of Texas
National Rib Cook-off
American Express - Puerto Rico, NA
Amway - Washington, DC
Arrow Electronics - Phoenix, AZ
Burger King - Orlando, FL
Canon - Atlanta, GA
Hertz - Pittsburgh, PA
IBM - New York, NY
Motorola - Boca Raton, FL
NYNEX - Boston, MA
Southwest Airlines - Dallas, TX
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Toys for Tots Program
The Southampton Princess Hotel - Hamilton, Bermuda
The Superdome - New Orleans, LA
Texas Stadium - Irving, TX
The Superbowl Celebration - Atlanta, GA
Universal Studios - Orlando, FL
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel - New York, NY
The White House - Washington, DC
Brandi Evans's exceptional vocal capabilities and her well-versed dance background combined with her charismatic personality make her a desirable unique performing artist.
Lead Male Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Solo Piano & Vocals at times, & Musical Director -
2. What is your name:
3. Where were you born:
Dallas Texas and grew up in Cedar Hill
4. What made you decide to do music:
My mother bought me a guitar at the 5 and dime in Duncanville Texas when I was 9 and I took lessons from an elderly lady that went to our church. I just loved making music. I would walk about 2 miles twice a week to her house in town after school for my lesson. She would always make me sing while playing, so I just got accustomed from an early age to sing and play guitar at the same time. When I was in junior high school there was an audition being held for an electric bass guitar player for the high school band. I was only in 8th grade and didn’t even know what a “Bass” guitar was. But my guitar teacher said “it’s just a guitar with these lower four strings on your guitar”. So I auditioned and was playing electric bass in the High School band when I was 13 and in 8th grade. The high school band director thought I had talent and taught me a lot over the years. Music was just part of me.
5. Who are your biggest influences:
ELO, The Beatles, YES, The Doobie Brothers, Sting
6. How long have you been a musician:
33 years (why did you make me say that…)
7. What bands have you played with over the years:
Friends, Incognito, The Skid Marks, Vision (formerly “Shotgun”), Flyer/Frankie Cashmere and the Sweaters, Age of Consent
8. Favorite Music:
R&B, POP, Jazz, Rock
9. Best gig ever performed:
There have been so many over the years it’s hard to pick just one. When I was on the road with the Show Band “Flyer” we did a show on a stage right on the beach in Aruba. That was fun.
10. First band you were in:
Some of the guys in my High School Band formed a rock group and we would play at Basketball games. I don’t think we had a name
11. First recording you owned:
I cant remember exactly but it was probably a Beatles song
Song writing and recording, Horseback riding/training, poker, Golf
13. Favorite part of ZuZu Peddals:
Performing with the talented musicians and they not only let me sing, but they even let me play a guitar every once in a while.
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video credit: Chris Watson at http://www.dallasweddingfilms.com/
Demo credit: Shane McCauley with Vince Vance & The Valiants