Beyond the Gates - Evans and Stokes - Now Released

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Jul 23, 2017, 03:46 AM

Well folks, we’ve finally done it. Our new album, “Beyond the Gates,” is now complete and available for download! What an awesome journey it has been for John and me.

In an age of singles, we decided to go against the trend by creating a concept album that tells the story of someone who, at life’s end, lies reflecting on a life of poor choices and burned bridges. While the first half of the story reflects these dark themes, the second half is more uplifting, opening with the vision of an angel and an offer of peace. The journey ends at Heaven’s gate with the last breath.

John and I would like to thank everyone on the Forum for their feedback on the content and mixing of some of these song (Defy the Demons, Kingdom, Forgiven, and I Cry no More). The support we found here has helped us immensely. Thank you all.

The best place to check out album content, hear samples, and, of course, purchase is our website…

http://www.evansandstokes.com

You can also purchase directly from this link at CDBaby…

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/evansandstokes5

As you all know, having a presence on social media is important to the success of a music project. If you like what you hear, please “like,” comment, and share within your circles. We are ever grateful to all of you.

John and Jen

https://soundcloud.com/jennystokes-nz
http://www.evansandstokes.com

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”
- Bob Marley

 
     
Jenny Stokes Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Jul 23, 2017, 02:19 PM

*review*

“John Evans shreds it like he means it! J Stokes’ sultry lamenting vocals leave you
breathlessly craving more!”
                                JAPOV :)

 
     
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Jul 23, 2017, 03:26 PM

You just made my day, JAPOV. Thanks Tony.  :)

https://soundcloud.com/jennystokes-nz
http://www.evansandstokes.com

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- Bob Marley

 
     
Jenny Stokes Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Jul 23, 2017, 09:11 PM

Congrats to both of you! I’ll review it on my website and Mysterious Beings Facebook page, so that both my visitors get to hear about it :)

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Jul 25, 2017, 10:17 AM

Thanks guys!

 
     
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Jul 25, 2017, 10:59 AM

Now that you have it, do you know what you are going to do with it? To get it heard, appreciated, purchased, to make you stars.

 
     
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Jul 25, 2017, 05:54 PM
Gavin Sinclair - 25 July 2017 10:59 AM

Now that you have it, do you know what you are going to do with it? To get it heard, appreciated, purchased, to make you stars.

We’d love for you to review it. Thanks Gavin.

Stars? It’ll never happen, Gavin. We would, however, love it to be heard. John (clever fellow that he is) has set up a brilliant website—http://www.evansandstokes.com—for samples and sales. He’s also working on a YouTube page—https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCYB0H83cE0nC7qpe_lbXA—for videos as they come available.

The rest is just hitting the pavement really. I’ve been talking to folks I know in the industry and getting to know others. It’s a very slow process but rewarding. I’ve met some interesting characters along this road. Wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

Our next step is to make some videos for our YouTube channel. Daunting? Yup.

If anyone here has any suggestions for how we might promote ourselves, please sing out. We’d love to hear your ideas.
Jen

https://soundcloud.com/jennystokes-nz
http://www.evansandstokes.com

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”
- Bob Marley

 
     
Jenny Stokes Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Jul 25, 2017, 09:01 PM

Yep, Jenny, me reviewing it ought to do the trick :)

Regarding videos, I’ve always thought that if I ever wanted to make one, I’d try to team up with some film students at a local college, who might be looking for a project. I once had a short film script made that way.

 
     
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Jul 25, 2017, 09:05 PM

Great idea Gavin. Thanks for that.
How did it turn out?

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Jul 25, 2017, 09:23 PM

Pretty awful, actually.

 
     
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Jul 26, 2017, 08:37 PM

Ok Gavin now I’m dying to see your short film!

Another thing to do is find a short film already done and on YouTube. Then contact the creator and ask their permission to use it or some clips from it. I have had some success with that in the past. There are tons of short films on YouTube and some are very well done.

 
     
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Jul 28, 2017, 04:10 PM

John, I doubt that it will ever see the light of day. It was a comedy and supposed to be easy to film, most of it taking place between two characters over a kitchen table, but it relied on the lines being delivered quickly to keep things moving along. The way the director handled it, it’s full of dramatic pauses and stuff. Also, there was a really crucial final scene that kind of delivered the twist in the tail. They didn’t bother to film that!

I posted a plug for your album at my website: http://mysteriousbeings.com/news/

I’ll stick something on Facebook next week. The weekend is not a good time to post something you want people to see or click on.

 
     
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Jul 28, 2017, 08:37 PM

Bless you Gavin. That is fantastic. I love the way you tied it to Mysterious Beings to make it relevant to your site. It would have been strange sitting there on its own without that link to our past collaborations. Thank you so much.

https://soundcloud.com/jennystokes-nz
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- Bob Marley

 
     
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Jul 28, 2017, 09:06 PM

Thank you Gavin. That was very nice of you to do that. Much aporeciated!

 
     
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Aug 12, 2017, 06:38 AM

Clever John has made a 10 minute promo for our album. It includes samples of all of the songs on the album. Check it out…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItYSF4IJyco

https://soundcloud.com/jennystokes-nz
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- Bob Marley

 
     
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Aug 14, 2017, 12:41 AM

I plugged the album on my Facebook page. I expect you have seen an uptake in sales, calls from the media, etc.

 
     
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