15 February 2020
Award-winning Old Edwardian singer-songwriter and fashion designer Eva Neville, 20 from Sutton Coldfield is celebrating after her latest track “Topaz” was featured in the prestigious BBC WM “Introducing” programme, showcasing the best unsigned musical talent from across the Midlands. The young musician who uses the stage name Eva Osiris only released her first song “Wrong Places” 6 months ago, garnering rave reviews after adding it to music streaming platforms including Soundcloud and Spotify. She was delighted when “Topaz” too received ecstatic reactions from the Radio WM DJs who described it as “a gem” and “having a 100% play ratio”.
Eva, who left KEHS only 18 months ago after winning numerous accolades for her work as a singer, artist and designer, is already building a cult following with her soulful vocals, She began performing solo at school. after successfully auditioning as a vocalist with the joint KEHS/ KES (Boys) Swing Band, singing at school jazz evenings.
“I was delighted and shocked when I heard my track had been picked for Radio WM’s “Introducing” show”, she said. “It was incredibly exciting and gave me a lot of confidence that the DJs said such positive things about it. I got a taste for performing at school, in choirs and musicals but particularly with the swing band. I loved the emotional, sultry style of the music and sang renditions of ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee and ‘My Funny Valentine’ by Chet Baker.”
As well as aiming for a career in music, Eva, a talented artist, is currently in her second year of a degree in Fashion Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, after being honoured with the College Distinguished Scholar Award on entry.
“I was really lucky with the Art and Design teaching I had at KEHS,” she explained. “We were really encouraged to follow our passions and expand our imaginations. For my freshman year, I started off on the Savannah campus “then for my second year I moved to Atlanta to experience a more urban lifestyle and throw myself into the music industry. It’s been great experience, soaking up all the different musical influences I’ve encountered in Atlanta which is well known as the home of RnB and hiphop.
I’ve always been enjoyed developing my creative and artistic sides and with my equal love for music and fashion design I couldn’t be happier, learning these different disciplines and making music and my own garments in my free time. Recently, I’ve been networking and talking to other artists – those with deep experience of the industry and those just starting out. I long to make my career from my twin passions of music and fashion, so this has been a great start.”