EVALINA is back and what a better way to kick things off than an acoustic set at Mayfair’s iconic sketch for House of Hunter’s event. On March 26, she delivered a pitch perfect set of new material which tells of the pop perfection set to bless our ears in the coming months.

Rising pop star, EVALINA is a BRIT school graduate whose collection of work has already amassed close to 20 million streams. If you don’t know who she is already, it might be because the start of her career existed primarily in the world of dance music, but her recent releases are more in line with her identity, and sound, as a singer-songwriter.

Her debut single Side Effects was released in July 2022 and made its way onto several Spotify editorial playlists including New Music Friday and New Pop Revolution. The single went on to become BBC Introducing’s Track of the Week and was crowned 2022’s Outstanding Debut Single by Songwriter Spotlight. Her single, Vivid, which followed, was chosen by Becky Hill to launch the female led label, Lady of the House.

Accompanied by Matt Williams on guitar, she kicked things off at sketch with original songs, some of which are set to release soon. Without spoiling the surprise, you can expect upbeat, feel good, tales of romantic woes. The singer-songwriter finds humour in the trials and tribulations in the world that we call ‘dating’, divulging anecdotal reflections of some of her experiences. The set consisted of some tracks the crowd were familiar with including a cover of JoJo’s Leave (Get Out) and Evalina’s latest single release, I Already Told My Mama What You Did.

In this case, what cannot go unsaid is the sheer quality of EVALINA’s voice. I have been following her music for a while now and was stunned by the technical skill of her performance. The stripped back arrangement created space for her vocal range and voice control to be exhibited as it should be.

EVALINA is most certainly one to watch this year. Her music makes sense placed among some of the best pop that 2023 has to offer, and she couldn’t be more deserving of recognition.