Legendary film and television icon William Shatner flew into Boston to portray the home plate umpire at Fenway Park for the new music video, “At Fenway,” written and recorded by Sinatra-styled crooner Brian Evans. The song was produced by multiple Grammy Award winning producer Narada Michael Walden, the famed produced of all of Whitney Houston’s #1 hits, including “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, along with Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and George Michael. The video was produced on September 25th and 26th at Fenway Park, with final shots filmed on October 7th.
The music video supports the forthcoming album “Brian Evans – At Fenway,” due in stores on Opening Day of the 2013 baseball season worldwide, which is also when the music video will debut. The ten track CD will also include a DVD of the music video. The video was produced by Brian Evans, Helen Bousquet, Mark Biltz, (for The Brian Evans Music Group, Inc.) and McElroy Films.
“Having William Shatner in a major league baseball uniform at Fenway Park is about as legendary as the park itself. The music video truly is an iconic moment in Fenway Park history,” says co-producer Biltz.
“At Fenway,” is the first song ever to be written about the park, or the Boston Red Sox, to be licensed by Major League Baseball. The video itself also has received Major League Baseball’s blessing, and the song was added to The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this year.
“It’s this music video that will be the thing Brian is truly remembered by, and his relationship with Mr. Shatner has grown over the years and made his inclusion possible,” said Biltz. “Shatner was absolutely amazing, and this music video truly is Brian’s “Field of Dreams.”
“This video truly is my life. I have always loved Fenway Park. It’s always been a magical place to me. Noah Parets, who is currently the character “Billy Elliott” on tour, portrays a younger me in the video. My mom, Helen Bousquet, is in the front row behind Shatner as he calls the third strike. As my mom passed away just 10 days after this video was filmed unexpectedly, the music video has become so much more to me. We did this together, my mom, Bill (Shatner), my friend Mark Andrew Biltz. It’s the one thing that was our idea, and we jumped through all the hoops to get it done and we did,” says Brian Evans. “No one thought we could. It’s our contribution to the world.”
Evans is known for his performances in Las Vegas, and has opened for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Social Distortion, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, and a host of others. He has also acted on such shows as “Full House,” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as a kid.
Shatner congratulated Evans on pulling the music video off in the first place.
“You really did it,” Shatner told Evans in the limousine drive from Logan Airport. “We were placing bets at my office on whether you’d pull it off. I really have to congratulate you.” Evans replied that it was his mother as well that made it all possible.
The music video will play especially well in Asia, where Evans album has already dropped. Baseball is year-round in Japan, and enormously popular throughout Asia. Big band music is the prevailing American import of music in Asia due to strict censorship in those countries, such as Indonesia.
Ernie Boch, Jr. also plays a cameo in the video. Evans has agreed to donate some of the proceeds to sales of the single to Boch’s foundation, Music Drives Us (http://www.musicdrivesus.org, and Evans will also donate proceeds to the ASPCA (www.aspca.org) in honor of his mother and co-producer of “At Fenway,” the music video, Helen Marie Bousquet.
“The music video is my mother’s crowning achievement, because if it were not for her, Red Sox Nation would not have this video to see. Millions of people around the world will be able to see this, because of her,” says Evans. “I want everyone who reads this to know that. There would be no video without her.”
“At Fenway” is currently available for sale at ITunes and Amazon.com as a song single. The video will debut on ITunes and Amazon, along with all other video capable download sites, in April 2013.
Evans resides in Boston, Massachusetts, and was born in Massachusetts.