Dan Evans won viewers over during season five of NBC’s The Biggest Loser with his youth, personality, and can-do spirit. Now his success on the show (losing 136 lbs!) has translated into success in his music career.
The 21-year-old budding country artist released his first album, Goin’ All Out, on Tuesday. (The album is available in retail stores, online, and through his Web site.)
Listen to the title track here:
“A lot of my transformation on The Biggest Loser was a mental and emotional transformation,” Evans (whose mother Jackie also competed on the show) tells PEOPLE. “Music has always been my passion but I was always uncomfortable with myself. I was so uncomfortable inside my own skin that I was afraid of exposing myself emotionally. But now it’s time for me to go for this.”
His music has a contemporary country edge and he cites artists such as Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts as inspirations. “Not only am I in the country music realm, I am a country music fan,” says Evans. “If I get to meet Keith Urban, all of my professionalism will go out the window!”
One thing Evans will not give up is his desire to stay in shape. “My goal I have is to stay fit,” he says. “I’m not going back to the way I’ve been. I still go to the gym a couple days a week. My mom is fit, too, so the Orange Team is staying strong. [The show] was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but it was the most fun thing I’ve done in my life.”