Ever noticed how many of the great female singers in the recording business of the past three decades have first names beginning with "A"? There's Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, and Adele, not to mention Aaliyah and Alicia Keys. Don't be surprised if the name Andria Simone joins this illustrious "A team" in the near future.
This 24 year-old was born and raised in Toronto and a colorfully adventurous life to date has helped her develop both as an artist and a young woman. Andria's voice and style reached the perceptive ears of veteran Toronto JUNO Award-winning record producer/songwriter Greg Kavanagh and his songwriting colleague Demetri James.
"I've been in this business a long time and I've never come across such an all-in package," says Kavanagh. "Andria is a rare bird and the real deal - having her contribute so significantly to the shape of every song has been crucial."
Andria couldn't be happier about the trio's creative chemistry. The songs they have been writing and recording has attracted serious international attention within the music industry. Upon hearing the new tracks, Clarence McDonald, the former musical director for Ray Charles instantly contacted Kavanagh with an approving thumbs-up.
There's a refreshing variety to Andria Simone's songs. "Shame" is a classic Southern-soul style ballad that captures the power of Andria's vocals to full effect. The forceful "Do What I Want" showcases her bold approach to life. "Nothing Comes Easy" is rousing and gospel-tinged, while "Change" is a deeply personal song inspired by those facing illness and hard times.
Andria's sound evokes memories of the golden days of soul and R&B, but has a relevant and modern edge.
She has a growing presence online with original videos as well as YouTube clips of her covering songs made famous by the likes of Etta James ("I Just Wanna Make Love To You"), the Rolling Stones ("Paint It Black") and Sam Cooke ("Bring It On Home).
Much as she enjoys writing and recording, live performance also captures Andria's heart. "I really do leave it all there onstage when I perform live!" She is a charismatic and natural performer.
Along with the best artists in this industry, Andria Simone is in this for the long haul. "I will just keep doing it. I would love to have longevity and hopefully inspire young girls to pursue what they enjoy doing."