Musically Speaking
Peter "Peas" McEvilley Scores In Hollywood
By Mary Peterson
Apr 1, 2003 - 2:31:00 PM

HOLLYWOOD—Music producer, musician and composer Peter "Peas" McEvilley has recently relocated to Los Angeles. but already is causing quite a stir in the music and movie worlds. Among this multi-talented songwriter's accomplishments, is a song on the soundtrack for Miramax's 2002 release "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," a movie adapted from the memoirs of Chuck Barris.  The song is titled "Game Show Confessions Mix." It is a "Drum and Bass" remix of the classic game show songs from "The Dating Game," "The Gong Show" and "The Newlywed Game," three of Barris' super successful game shows from the 60's and 70's.


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Most recently, McEvilley co-scored a 13 episode Japanese anime TV series "Ninja Scroll" with Grammy award winning Japanese artist Kitaro.  In addition to his songwriting talent, McEvilley plays numerous instruments and performs vocals. His compositions cover such varied styles as pop, reggae, R&B, dance and Rock.


McEvilley has proven himself to be a versatile musician as well. It began with his high school career at The School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, where he worked summers as a drummer. He eventually moved to Miami with a full scholarship to attend New World School of the Arts. There, he majored in Classical Percussion and Piano as well as teaching at Kendall School of Music. From the New World School, McEvilley toured as the drummer with Inna Sense in Belize.


McEvilley then went on to form Swee' Pea and Royalty punk rap duo in 1993, which led to a single on Unity Records and a place in the top 5 on five cities' club charts (Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Dallas and Boston).


It was in 1995 that the Record label Swee' Pea Records was formed; three #1 hit songs followed in Hawaii between 1997-1999.  McEvilley toured Hawaii three times with Inna Sense among others.


The year 1996 brought to Peter a tour of Monaco with Julian Lennon to benefit the Australian rainforest with McEllivey on keyboards. Then from 1998 to 2000, he worked on several projects with Grammy winning producer Narada Michael Walden.


Before finally relocating to Los Angeles, McEvilley produced among other projects a dance remix of Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" for Fine Line Feature's "Trick," as well as music for commercials for ABC television shows "Drew Carey" and "Whose Line is It Anyway."  In the year 2000, McEvilley wrote and produced two songs for Hollywood Records recording artist Myra and three songs for Japanese recording artist Melody.


After producing for HSA Record label (Higher State of America) and having several songs in club release, McEvilley moved to Los Angeles. McEvilley is currently co-scoring Japanese anime TV series "Ninja Scroll" with Grammy award winning Japanese artist Kitaro.

 

 mary@canyonnewspaper.com

 



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