Who is Giveon? | The Sun
MUSICAL artist Giveon released his first full-length album titled Give or Take on June 25, 2022.
The album was released as fans clamored for new music two years after he released his lead single, Stuck on You.
Who is Giveon?
R&B artist Giveon Dezmann Evans is known only as Giveon by his record label and fans.
Giveon, 27, grew up in Long Beach, California with his three brothers, all of whom were raised by their single mother.
On the East side of Long Beach, where Giveon's family lived, was an impoverished community that carried a background in violence, but Giveon said his mother sheltered him and his brothers from their surroundings.
"It was fun, dangerous, and interesting all at the same time," Giveon said about his hometown.
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"My mom did a good job of making sure my brothers and I didn’t become a product of our environment, but she also gave us room to experience what it means to be from Long Beach.
It was his mom who encouraged him to pursue music and introduced him to Frank Sinatra, who became the inspiration for his sound.
“I had an epiphany after initially hearing Sinatra,” Giveon told OkayPlayer.
When his teacher told him to perform Sinatra's song, Fly Me to the Moon, for a project, the experience changed his life.
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“It was the very first time I heard a baritone singer. I got into Billy Caldwell and Barry White from there. I realized my tone at this point.”
Sinatra became an inspiration for Giveon, who told the outlet, "I gained a lot of confidence in my voice once I discovered Frank Sinatra because I didn’t know baritone singers were a thing.
"Where I’m from no one plays that kind of music so I just thought I sounded weird. Now I’m really grateful for my tone because I stand out."
He started performing his music on social media when he caught the attention of August 08, a multi-platinum singer and songwriter who has worked with DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber.
In 2018, Giveon released his first two singles Garden Kisses and Fields, and went on to release his lead single Stuck on You in 2020.
When did Giveon release his new album?
Giveon released his first full-length album on June 25 which accompanied the music video of his newly released single, Lost Me.
He apologized to fans when announcing the release of his album on Instagram, saying, "Thank you to all of my fans that have been so patient with me during the duration of this process.
"I didn’t want to rush this project. I didn’t want to give you guys anything less than the most utmost genuine truth.
"Thank you for sticking by my side while I worked on this. I hope you all enjoy this."
He announced he will tour across the US on his Give or Take North American tour which will kick off on July 8, 2022.
Tickets can be purchased on Giveon's official website.
Did he perform at the BET Awards?
Giveon brought his music to the BET Music Awards on June 26 but faced technical issues that had fans criticizing his performance.
He began his 4-minute performance with his hit song, Heartbreak Anniversary, but only about 20 seconds into the performance, his mic appeared to malfunction, and he started to sing off-key.
The singer had to quickly switch microphones before continuing with his performance and later jokingly tweeted, “Not @BET sabotaging my mic," with six laughing emojis.
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However, some viewers commented their disbelief at the technical issues and said they didn't believe it was the microphone that caused the problem.
“It wasn't the microphone. It was your vocals," one person wrote, while another added, “oh baby the mic was on. the vocals wasn’t. and that’s okay.”
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