Anguilla's own Evan Webster is our favorite country singer. He writes and sings his own songs. His smooth easy tone is a pleasure to listen to and enjoy.
Born in Anguilla, British West Indies, to a father of Irish heritage, and a mother of African descent, Evan Webster’s fondest memories were listening to the music of George Jones, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride and the other country music legends who laid the foundation for country music’s major breakthrough in the 1990s.
Most of today’s country music entertainers can trace their love of the genre back ten years, or, perhaps, a generation. After all, the majority of today’s country music stars were introduced to the music by such late 80s, early 90s artists as Reba McEntire, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless and Trisha Yearwood.
That’s not the case with Evan Webster, whose Irish ancestry--and country roots--go back to the late 1600s! There has always been a connection between Ireland and country music. And, to this day, touring country artists enjoy a huge following among the Irish people.
“I’ve always had a ‘connection’ with country and folk music as it was the earliest form of music on our Island. Among the first settlers to Anguilla were seamen from an Irish ship which sank near Island Harbour in 1698,” commented Evan.
Also, Evan could tune in to WSM’s Grand Ol Opry on Friday and Saturday night, or catch up on the latest musical trends by striking up a conversation with American tourists who visited the small Caribbean island from nearby St. Maarten, St. Barts and St. Kitts.
Evan put his music aspirations on the backburner while he earned a degree in Accounting and met and settled down with his wife, Avon, to raise his two sons, Carland, 12, and Vince, 4, (who is named after another one of Evan’s favorite artists, Vince Gill).
But ever since Evan was twelve years old, music—particularly Gospel and country music—have occupied his thoughts. He was known to sing at every opportunity, whether it was a church event, social function, family gathering, or an occasional gig at one of the hotels or restaurants that dot the Island.
One of seven children (two sisters and two brothers who still live on the Island, plus another brother who lives in St. Maarten and an older brother who lives in West Palm Beach), Evan was attracted to country music because of the message: often stories that spoke of common life experiences or contained spiritual or positive values.
Evan visited Nashville—once in 1993, and, again, in 1994—to attend a NSAI seminar and to record an independent CD. The release sold over 2,000 copies, which is remarkable since Anguilla only has 11,000 residents!
“The NSAI seminar was a great learning experience for me. It helped me formulate ideas, made me think about the importance of the story, and also provided me with a lot of networking opportunities. Plus, I had the chance to meet another one of my idols, the late Harlan Howard,” commented Evan.
Another visit to Nashville this past February resulted in the recording of his new CD, “No Man Is An Island,” which was recorded at Treasure Isle Recorders, Inc., and features some of Nashville’s top session players and background vocalists. “They are so good at what they do and they learn the songs so fast, you would think they wrote all the songs themselves,” observed Evan, adding that his recording experience earlier this year was ‘a dream come true.’
“I would love to move to Nashville somewhere down the road,” remarked Evan. “I love the people there and the lush countryside--but I’d always want to maintain a home on the Island,” Evan was quick to add.
Article in The Anguillian
Angullian country music singer Evan Webster, of Island Harbour, released
anew CD of original material on Thursday, May 30. The album, "No Man Is An
Island," was recorded in Nashville and features many of the most prominent
musicians in country music.
"I am most appreciative of the wonderful reception I have received since the
CD's release. The past week has been tremendously gratifying to me," said
Evan, who is receiving airplay on all six local stations here, as well as
additional airplay in St. Maarten. Plans are to release the album to all
Caribbean stations this week.
The album was recorded this past February and March at Treasure Isle
Recorders, Inc., in Nashville, Tennessee, and was produced by Fred Vail, a
former manager of the legendary group, The Beach Boys, and also a Grammy nominated producer for his work with B.B. King, Isaac Hayes and Lee Atwater.
"The release of Evan's CD is a celebration of two cultures coming together
to create an outstanding--and distinctive--new sound. He brings to his music
a unique 'Island' quality and vocal interpretation. It is something we feel
will create it's own niche for Evan," commented Vail, when contacted in
"I met Evan on the Internet, we did all of our corresponding either on the
telephone or by exchanging
e-mails, yet, we came up with a very competitive CD," added Vail, who owns
Treasure Isle Recorders, and has been involved in various areas of the music
industry since the early 60s. Vail is the recipient of fifteen Gold and
Platinum Awards for his work with Alabama,
Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys, Sandi Patty, Michael W. Smith, Pam Tillis,
Travis Tritt, Jimmy Dean, Parliament, Eric Clapton, Ronnie McDowell, and
other prominent artists.
The studio recently recorded multiple Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, the Gospel
group, "Jars of Clay," Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell, who
just completed his seventh album at Vail's studio.
While in Nashville, Evan was introduced at the Grand Old Opry by country
music legend, and Hall of Fame member, Bill Anderson, who was also produced
by Vail. "I was surprised, and deeply honored, to be introduced at the world
famous Opry, particularly since it was being held that week at it's original
home, the Ryman Auditorium," commented Evan.
"I'm very thankful for a number of friends, family, and supporters, without
whom, this CD would not have been possible," added Webster. Among those he
cited were: his wife Avon, sons, Carland and Vince, the Nashville musicians,
background singers, and engineers, who worked on his CD, his brother,
Griffin, who did the principal photography for his album, Lee and Suzanne
Bertman, Royale Caribbean Resort, Oliver Brooks and Sons Construction Co.,
Among the musicians and engineers who contributed to Evan's CD were Chris
Luezinger and Bruce Bouton who work regularly with Garth Brooks, and Peter
Coleman, who's engineering credits include Johnny Cash, Blondie, Pat
Benatar, Rodney Crowell, and Emmylou Harris. Said Coleman: "I am pleased
with the overall result of Evan's CD, and I particularly like the song, "To
Man," which came off very well in the studio. I'm very happy for Evan,"
This is the third album for Webster, whose previous release, 1995s "It's
About Time," his country debut, and "When Jesus Called My Name," his 1998
Gospel release, were also well received. The new album, which features seven
tracks, combines country and Gospel material, and shows Evan's versatility
and ease in each genre. It also includes two songs written by
Webster,"Refuge In You," and "Deep Love Inside."