A native of Long Beach, CA emerging singer Giveon is breathing life into the R&B genre one song at a time. One of three brothers raised by a single mother, he realized his passion for music at a young age. He credits his mother with pushing him to explore this early love for musicianship. One of the most significant artists who he fell in love with as a youngster was Frank Sinatra, his bellowing voice was inspiring to the blossoming talent.
When expressing his upbringing he noted that his mother did a really great job at sheltering him and his brothers. He believes she protected them to keep them from falling to the societal pressures of gang culture and poverty. As he grew older, he looked to Frank Ocean and Miguel as sources of inspiration.
At 18, Giveon attended a Grammy Museum program which proved to be a transformative experience for him. His instructor at the program pushed him to perform Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” for a project. “I had an epiphany after initially hearing Sinatra,” he shares. “It was the very first time I heard a baritone singer. I got into Billy Caldwell and Barry White from there. I realized my tone at this point.”
Over the years, he has worked endlessly to develop his own baritone delivery. During this journey, he caught the attention of August 08, a multi-platinum singer and songwriter who has worked with DJ Khaled and also Justin Bieber. He’s been somewhat of a mentor for the singer.
In 2018, he debuted his singles “Garden Kisses” and “Fields” two easygoing, smooth tracks that showcase his unique voice and lush sound. Fast forward to 2019, he paired up with Sevn Thomas, a producer known for linking with global stars like Drake, Rihanna and Travis Scott to further carve out his niche in the R&B space. Unsurprisingly, Snoh Aalegra invited him to be a part of her 2019 headlining tour.
In our latest interview, Giveon touches on his upcoming project, his artistry and what he’s most looking forward to in 2020. We’re also premiering the music video for his latest single “Like I Want You,” you can watch it below.
Giveon Dezmann Evans, known mononymously as Giveon, is an American R&B singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence with his collaboration with Drake on their 2020 single, “Chicago Freestyle”.
Giveon – For Tonight (Official Music Video)
“For Tonight” available at: https://Giveon.lnk.to/ForTonight
Video Directed by Sophia Nahli Allison
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