Evelyn Rubio
March 14, 2017 5531Views

Evelyn Rubio is a vocalist, saxophonist, and charting recording artist whose singing melds classic and modern soul with jump blues and swing in both English and Spanish, while adding a modern pop-soul sensibility. Rubio was born and raised in Mexico City. She began her show-business career at age nine, and won a role in the television series My Little Stars. At 15 she was fronting rock and blues bands in Mexico City, and at 19 began studying the saxophone and writing songs. Her debut album, Evelyn Automarginados, was issued in 1999. She also joined the black-tie orchestra Chivo Azul as vocalist and would remain there for five years. 

In 2004 she landed the role of Mary Magdalene in a Canadian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. A year later she immigrated to Houston, Texas. She met Calvin Owens, and shortly thereafter signed a multi-year contract as lead vocalist and saxophone soloist with Calvin Owens & His Blues Orchestra. While she sang on his Es un Amor Legendario album, he produced her sophomore solo release, La Mujer Que Canta Blues, in 2007 with his orchestra. In addition to touring, she immediately began work on another album with Owens, but when he passed away she continued working with Andy Bradley as her co-producer. Rubio joined James "Boogaloo" Bolden's Blues Band in the aftermath. He recruited her for the summer festival performance season, and the partnership was such a hit that they recorded the 2013 album No News Jus' the Blues. 

Between dates with Bolden, she continued working on her third album with Bradley and Owens' orchestra. It was completed in late 2014. Entitled Hombres, the bilingual set was billed to Evelyn Rubio and the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra in English. It was initially released in May of 2015. Melding jazz with pop, rock, blues, and Latin grooves, the set proved a hit with radio DJs on both sides of the Mexican border. A Spanish version was released in March of 2016. It landed at number one on the Latin Pop Albums, number three on the Top Latin Albums, and number six on the Blues Albums charts in the same week. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi