Andi Fawcett

Andi Fawcett

 South Portland, Maine, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

If Ani Difranco and Patty Griffin had a lovechild - it would be Andi Fawcett. Her songwriting weaves between folk rock and straight up pop rock. Lyrically, Fawcett lays it on the line - honest and heartfelt, she holds nothing back. She hits you with a million memories you've been through yourself.

Biography

Andi Fawcett is a singer/songwriter who has been wending her way around greater New England for over 10 years. Currently based in Portland, Maine, she has found the “miniature Boston” music scene that Portland boasts to be the perfect place for her writing and performance to evolve. Having played in various projects, ranging from an alternative rock attempt (velvis) to a jam-based groove session (aptly named Relish Gruv), Andi has had the opportunity to shape her songwriting skills around a variety of music genres, collecting the Portland Phoenix’s Best Female Vocalist nod for two consecutive years – along the way.

With the relocation of her longtime bassist (her brother Chris Fawcett) a few years back , she began to delve into much more personal, intimage songwriting along the acoustic line. Blending her folk lyrics over a pop format, Andi combines her Ani Difranco influence with her own style of straightforward, melodic arrangements. “I’ve grown more comfortable in my writing. I’m no longer over thinking about what I really want to say. Lately, it’s like the songs write themselves. The moment the melody starts to unfold, the lyrics come spilling out, as if they were there all along. I finally realized I don’t have to write something that’s mindblowing and profound. It just has to be honest.” Honesty and raw emotion were at the core of Andi’s debut album, “Say it anyway” – a heartfelt record that didn’t hide behind intricate guitar riffs or drum tracks. It speaks of all facets of life – love, pain, loss, letting go – with Fawcett’s voice coaxing the listener into the corner of her thoughts.

Alongside her acoustic ventures, Fawcett is in a straight up pop/rock band, Doubting Gravity. Formed in 2005, DG is the product of a meeting of the minds and music stylings between Fawcett and Dave Henault (drums) .Henault has his degree in percussion from USM, a love of the no boundary feel of jazz mixed with the grit of a 311 style groove, along with ample experience as the drummer in Sly Chi , a local funk/soul staple on the Portland scene. The two have also found a replacement for Chris on bass in the form of Josh Prescott, a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a major in composition. Henault and Prescott also back up Andi on her solo efforts. “Dave and Josh manage to take my songs and marry them with these cool and complex rhythms and bass lines. They’re always pushing the envelope, trying new things, keeping us fresh and on our toes, but at the same time, allowing the song to breathe as it should. Letting the melody and lyrics speak for themselves. I’m so lucky to be able to work in this environment with these guys. They’ve taken my songwriting to a new level.”
As for how the future looks – Andi’s ultimate goal is to “have the career of a Patty Griffin/Ani Difranco hybrid. I want to be a professional songwriter – sell my songs to other artists – but still perform as often as possible. “Between DG and her solo shows, Fawcett is looking to break out of the northeast and begin to bring her music to all sides of the country – and beyond.

Discography

Say it Anyway - solo debut
Memorandum - Relish Gruv (lead vox, songwriter)
Another Window to Crawl Through - Relishgruv (lead vox, songwriter)