Evan Silva Profile

Keith Newman
4 Oct 2015

Soulful New Zealand singer Evan Silva paid his dues on both sides of the Tasman in the mid to late 1960s, playing Motown influenced rhythm and blues and living life on the edge, until a spiritual encounter set him on a course to become a different kind of soul man.

Silva, who has sung on a handful of singles, dozens of jingles and recorded eleven albums since his dramatic Christian conversion in 1973, has been called New Zealand’s soul man. His silky smooth delivery has been likened to Al Green, whose songs he covered in his early club repertoire.

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Hamul in Kings Cross, Sydney
The Action - Try A Little Tenderness (1967)
Evan Silva, 2013
Hamul in Melbourne: Max Wolfgramm, Paul Blakney, Jack Stradwick and Evan Silva
The Action at Sydney's Hawaiian Eye in 1969, with Evan Silva in front and Andy Anderson on drums
Hamul in Park Lane, Sydney
Evan Silva - Matter Of Time (Chance & Time - 2013 - with Stephen Small, piano; Murray Grindlay, harmonica; Gus Fenwick, bass)
Evan Silva - You and I (Chance & Time, 2013 - with Stephen Small on piano)
Evan Silva - For You (Out Of The Shadows, 2005)
The Action at Sydney's Hawaiian Eye
Evan Silva in the 1970s
A Evan Silva with his first guitar
Evan Silva - Still Missing You (live performance, 2007)
Evan Silva - You And I (TVNZ Good Morning Show, 2013)
The Action: John Kristian, Bryan Harris, John Bisset, Jack Stradwick, Evan Silva
Photo credit: John Bisset Collection
The Action shortly after arriving in Sydney
Truth at Auckland's Mon Desir in the early 1970s: Dave Wright, Evan Silva, Tony Walton, and Mike Wilson
The Action in a still from the movie Vision
Photo credit: Evan Silva Collection
Evan Silva with Mike Wilson's guitar in the Plaza Hotel, Sydney
Evan Silva with Silva Service
The Action at the Galaxie reunion show, The Mandalay, Auckland 1992
Evan Silva