She won V.I.M.A.’s Female Songwriter of the Year in 2007 and First Place in Songwriting at the Shuswap Lakes International Writers Festival in 2005.
She has played with some of Canada’s greatest musicians including Don Thompson, Pat Coleman, Robbie King and Ken Lister.
Her last cd release “Sweet Embrace” has a stellar line up including Phil Dwyer, Dave Gogo, Pat Steward, Miles Black and Island favorites Todd Sacerty, Phil Whipper, Chad Geekie and Tina Jones.
She’s been playing gigs and sharing the stage with a couple of the best guitar players in B.C. Rick Salt and Jim Cochran, bass players Marisha Devoin, Phil Albert and Terry Strudwick and drummers Paul Nixon and Dave Bouwman. She’s opened for Trooper, Dave Gogo, Powder Blues, Blue Rodeo, Shari Ulrich and Doug Cox.
Andrea is a songwriter and a singer. She is a proficient musician, guitarist and pianist and recently graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.
Her other careers include massage therapist (R.M.T.), guide out-fitter (certification) and farrier. She’s had fun and worked hard. She continues to perform, to write songs and to teach in Nanaimo. Her much anticipated new album “Transition” is set for release in June 2013. Her songwriting is soulful and strong, primarily roots and soul, she crosses all barriers delving into jazz, blues, country, pop and R&B.
“ A velvet-voiced blues, roots, rock and jazz singer falling somewhere between Bonnie Riatt and Kathleen Edwards with hints of Eva Cassidy, she certainly possesses the knack of capturing a big emotion or life event in a straightforward language that hit’s home” David Morrison – thefreelancewriter.ca