Hi, I'm Evelyn and I can build you a stringed orchestra or choir for your track! My range as a singer means I can cover choral parts from tenor to mezzo soprano and as a cellist I often get hired to cover all parts of a string ensemble. Whether your track needs a commercial or classical sounding part, I'm your girl!
Strings: I can write and record a single cello line for your track, or build up layers to create the effect of a full string ensemble.
Vocals: I can write a top line for your track, provide BV's or arrange and record a full choir.
I have 10 years experience in the industry across my various disciplines of cello, vocals and keys having spent the last 5 years touring, recording and writing with UK indie band Clean Cut Kid as a vocalist/keys player. I have provided string arrangements for all 3 of their studio albums (and 4th in the pipeline) as well as building impressive choral parts using just my voice.
With regard to my string services, whilst spending a lot of the last 10 years playing in bands and studios, I have also played and toured the world in orchestras- so I feel I have an insight into both worlds that I can utilise when bringing strings to your track.
If you want extra examples of my work listen to any Clean Cut Kid song on Spotify! If there are backing vocals: it's me! If there are strings: it's me! :)
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
3 ReviewsEndorse Evelyn Halls
Evelyn is an absolute star to work with. Having toured extensively with her over an almost five year period, and witnessed her at work in the studio on many occasions, I'm still continually blown away by her performances. She's a fantastic vocalist and arranger, has a sensational ear for harmony, and a deep understanding of a broad range of genres and styles. An asset to any musical project, I can't recommend her highly enough.
Evelyn is a fantastically musical and professional performer and my go-to cellist for studio session work. Not only is she an excellent player, she also understands the dynamic of studio sessions very well and is really relaxed and fun the work with. She always comes into the studio fully prepared and ready to deliver a stunning performance. Highly recommended!
Evelyn is the most naturally gifted and professional cellist, singer and all round musician, I’m so lucky to have had her record on my original releases and many projects alonsgside Mike in their top of the range studio in Liverpool. Top to bottom in amazing analogue gear and microphones alongside they’re collective production and musical talent you couldn’t ask for more. I wouldn’t turn anywhere else when it comes to arrangement, Transcribing , recording and production needs.
Interview with Evelyn Halls
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That any job in the arts is just a “hobby“...hate that one!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m working on my solo record and the fourth Clean Cut Kid record. I’m also constantly working on sync briefs for advertising agencies.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. It’s warmer, it’s thicker, it’s more human.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Expressing myself through music is the ultimate blessing I get to do. I love the mystery of where one persons creativity comes from compared to another. Singing and playing Cello are the two most natural physical things my body can do and I love that I don’t have to sit in an office all day and that I can work for myself. Long may it continue!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Americana inspired lo Fi indie folk and instrumental background.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: -What do you want it NOT to sound like! That’s always a good one! -How much feedback would you like during the process?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a good conversation about what you’re looking for, have lots of references handy so the provider knows the vibe you’re going for.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The real thing is always better. If I need a different room sound reverb I’ll change rooms, I’ve recorded vocals in stairwells, bathrooms, cupboards etc depending on what I need. I think that always makes for a more interesting sound than something digitally emulated.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Cello: Tasteful arrangement, adding atmosphere and emotion with strings. Vocals: Nailing the nuances of the lead vocal so my backing vocal sits perfectly behind. Layering up harmonies.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Studied music at Liverpool Institute For Perfomring Arts from 2008-2011. Moved to London and spent a year toplining and working on a solo project. Spent some time in LA writing and then moved back to Liverpool when I met my now husband Mike who is the frontman for Clean Cut Kid. We spent two years from 2013-2015 working on Clean Cut Kid, working as session players and teaching until the band signed a record deal with Polydor in 2015. Since then we have toured the world, released 3 records and built a studio in Liverpool. My role as a keys player/vocalist in this band helped me gain experience of writing parts that sit right on commercial records.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I’ll treat your project as though it was my own and I will listen intently to what you want. I also love a chat so will be very communicative!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my artist side. I’m creative and won’t give you something generic and safe (unless that’s what you want!! Haha). I know the right amount of “stuff” that a track needs and i feel like I’ve got a good gauge on what’s tasteful.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I play around with the track, voice noting ideas and scoring them out on manuscript first. Then record every idea and sift through to see which is the best. I find that after take 3 you’ve lost the heart of the performance so If I’m going to comp I only give 3 performances max to comp from.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Feist, Robyn, Pheobe Bridgers, Danielle Haim, Christine and The Queens. I like women who can do it all and hold their own “amongst the boys”. I like timeless artists who don’t subscribe to there being an age limit on being a female artist.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Folky/Americana style backing vocals and top lines. Big choirs for indie gang vocal style parts. For strings, the most common work I get is for atmospheric solo cello lines with lots of reverb, very emotional and free.