SPRING HILL — Kim Evans has loved singing since she was a young girl. And her family has always loved hearing her voice.
Evans had dreams of being a professional backup singer, but never pursued it. Instead, she was content just singing for friends and family. If someone had asked her 10 years ago if she would consider singing for a paying audience, she would have laughed.
But all that changed 6 1/2 years ago when a friend, who owned a restaurant, asked Evans to sing along with the keyboardist and flute player who were entertaining patrons.
"I was terrified," Evans admits.
The next day, Evans learned, folks were calling the restaurant to find out when she would sing again.
Everything snowballed from there.
For nearly six years, Evans has been performing with Southern Exposure, and her voice is a staple at area restaurants such as R Beach in Hernando Beach and Mezzaluna in New Port Richey, as well as at local fundraisers.
"I sang for my kids," Evans said, admitting "I never expected to be singing on this scale."
Evans sings a variety of music, including standards, R&B, disco and country. Her favorite artists are Natalie Cole and Eva Cassidy.
On Saturday, Evans and the Ultimate Band will be performing for the Spring Hill Community Association's Summer Cabaret Series at the Lake House.
"Kim has one of the most exciting voices you'll ever hear around here," said community association president Eddie Lawrence, who has sung with Evans in concerts with the Hernando Jazz Society and Southern Exposure. "She is very talented."
Saturday's concert will be the third time Evans has performed for the community association's annual cabaret series. The reason, Lawrence said, is audiences love her.
"The last time she was here, we had a sold-out crowd," he said. "And this year we expect the same."
Evans thinks her popularity has a lot to do with the types of songs she sings, especially the standards.
"These songs bring back memories of a different era, a different time," Evans said. "It is the type of music that anyone can listen to, with beautiful lyrics and music."
Saturday's concert will also include hors d'oeuvres. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase.
The Summer Cabaret Series is an annual slate of indoor concerts that allow guests to enjoy music and food, while escaping Florida's summer heat and humidity. Money raised from the series will goes toward the association's scholarship fund.
The series will wrap up with an Aug. 17 concert by Lil' Deuce Coupe, featuring doo-wop to disco. The first show of the series was last month during the weekend of Tropical Storm Debby, but Lawrence said the turnout was respectable.
"It wasn't bad at all," he said. "The public has been supportive, and we really appreciate it."