Evangelia is about to put on a major show at New York City's Rockwood Music Hall on June 30, so to set the stage the New York-based singer and songwriter has released the lyric video for her song "Hello Again." Watch the video - which features guest vocals from actor Christian Navarro from the hit Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" - by playing the video above, and download or stream the single here.
The story behind the "Hello Again" video is almost as engrossing as the song itself. Christian Navarro's appearance in the video isn't just another celebrity cameo in a music video; according to the video's press release, he and Evangelia were college classmates at Rutgers University. When the two reconnected recently, they were inspired to write a song from the perspective of Navarro's "13 Reasons Why" character Tony Padilla, reflecting on the death of his classmate Hannah Baker. The result is that even though this is a lyric video, it has the storytelling and emotional impact of an entire music video. Just listening to the words and letting them sink in conveys as much as any physical acting in the video ever could.
Being motivated by a TV series is a very different way to approach a song. While pop culture often borrows from music, with movie studios regularly reaching out to the biggest hit artists to perform a song on their next soundtrack, it's far less common for it to happen the other way around. The fact that the person whose character inspired "Hello Again" also helped create it gives the single an additional authenticity. This is a collaboration on every level, and Evangelia also demonstrates that she can take a very serious subject and turn it into a moving but also very respectful piece of music. The video shows off her talents as both a performer and a songwriter, just ahead of her upcoming concert.
If you liked what you heard, music fans can see Evangelia live on Saturday, June 30 at Rockwood Music Hall. She performs at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 7 p.m. and doors are at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are just $10.00 and can be purchased here, but note that Rockwood Music Hall requires all ticketholders to be at least 21 years of age. This is her only currently scheduled show this summer, according to her tour page, so don't miss out on seeing this developing artist in person, in her own backyard. Based on this video, it sounds like she has many more stories to tell.
For more on Evangelia, visit her official website.