Making her home in Overland Park, Kansas, Candace Evans has become a staple of the Midwest music scene and has enjoyed an outstanding career as both a pianist and vocalist. Ms. Evans’ musical versatility has served her well as a live performer and as a recording artist, as she has excelled while playing in a broad range of genres and across all manner of circumstances. With the release of her most recent album, “So Nice,” the versatility of Ms. Evans is on full display as she joins some of most accomplished musicians in Kansas City and beyond.
Though music is certainly a central force in both her personal and professional life, Ms. Evans prefers to spend the bulk of her time with her husband, Michael John Mally, and her daughter, Kristin. Fans of Ms. Evans are likely to recognize Michael J Mally and Kristin due to their frequent presence at her live performances, and in the rare circumstances in which Ms. Evans is unable to find an audience at her family’s home, she can always count on the family’s two rescue cats to lend an appreciative ear.
A graduate of Avila College, Candace Evans is classically trained as a pianist and as a vocalist, and she began her classical training when she was just eight years old. After studying music and performance under some of the most respected teachers in the industry, Ms. Evans has accomplished a great deal over her 15 years in the music industry and has inspired many up-and-coming musicians to pursue a career of their own.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
We’ve lived in the same home in Overland Park, Kansas, for about 10 years.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
I was living in Kansas City when I met my then-future husband, Michael Mally. We decided to build a home together once we were engaged to be married.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
The timing was just perfect for buying a home, and Michael and I had been looking forward to creating a space that was all our own.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
We were both doing quite well professionally, and I had a lot of steady income coming in due to my busy recording schedule.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
Michael and I were very excited at the prospect of starting a family together.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
I had always been fond of Overland Park in general, and the house itself had plenty of space in which we could start a family and still have room left over for a recording space for me as well as an office for Michael.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
We planned on growing into the home over time, but it just felt a bit too big at first because we didn’t really have enough furniture to fill all the rooms.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
I converted one of the bedrooms into a soundproof recording studio, and we knocked out one of the walls between the kitchen and the dining room to make the space feel a bit more open.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
We like to joke that our two rescue cats actually adopted us rather than the other way around. They must have been living under our porch, and one day they were both just sitting on the front step waiting for us when we got home.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
We are still enjoying our Overland Park home, and we are certainly no longer concerned with having too much space.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
Sometimes you have to envision what a home could become in the future rather than what it is in the present. Customizing a home is not always the ordeal it is sometimes made out to be.