Adriana Evans, also known as Adriana Madera, is an American R&B vocalist. She was born 1974 in San Francisco, California and was one of the first Neo soul artists. Her debut album Adriana Evans was released in 1997 and reached the No. 33 position on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Adriana Evans was immersed in music from a young age, with her mother Mary Stallings singing with jazz artists like Count Basie, and her godfather being jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. As such, Evans finds a great deal of her musical upbringing in jazz music.
At the age of 18, Adriana moved to Los Angeles where she planned to attend college. While living in the city, she met rapper Dred Scott and the two quickly became friends. As their friendship grew, the two began working together in music. Because of this relationship, Adriana Evans appeared on Dred Scott's "Check the Vibe" in 1993 and Evans relied heavily on Scott for production on her debut album.
Paul Stewart, CEO of PMP records, played a crucial role in helping Adriana Evans get a deal with Capitol Records during the 1990s. Stewart was attracted to Evans after hearing a demo featuring her and having seen her in the video for Scott's "Check the Vibe." As Capitol Records folded, Stewart brought Evans onto his PMP Records where she released her self-titled debut album.
Adriana's self-titled debut album featured two singles, "Love Is All Around" and "Seein Is Believing." The two singles charted, with the former reaching #65 on the R&B charts and the latter reaching #50.