Luke Evans – best known for his acting and singing on stage and screen – has dived back in time to release his own version of Pat Benatar’s ‘Love Is A Battlefield’.
In keeping with his desire to make the songs his own wherever possible, a charging, Eighties, synth-rock anthem was slowed down, opened up and given a steady, martial beat.
In his mid-teens, the Welsh actor was taught at musical college in Cardiff by Charlotte Church’s singing coach, and then won a scholarship to London Studio Centre. For a long time, his other performance skills took over.
Listen to ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ by Luke Evans on the Official Fantasy Premier League playlist on Spotify.
Evans’ thriving West End career saw him appear in Taboo, Rent, Miss Saigon and Avenue Q. Then his even-more-thriving film career took him from Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll to Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers, Fast & Furious, Dracula Untold, The Hobbit and Beauty and the Beast.
In the latter, playing Gaston in Bill Condon’s 2017’s blockbuster live-action reboot, he had the opportunity to sing, however Evans said he has “…always dreamt of having a solo album, something that would just be my voice.
“And it didn’t happen back then. However, doing movies upped my profile massively – and then came Beauty and the Beast. Alongside that I sang for The Queen’s birthday at the Royal Albert Hall last year with Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, Sir Tom Jones and Sting in the finale. A lot of people’s ears pricked up after that – they were, like wow, he can sing.”
Evans’ solo album At Last is comprised of 12 show-stopping covers, with the song choices compiled from the actor’s lifelong love of music. The delivery is sent soaring by Evans’ powerful tenor and the glorious instrumentation of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.