Andi Rae Healy

Andi Rae Healy

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Andi Rae "delivers... with the voice of someone about to either cry, scream or burst out laughing, while her band couches it in a languid twang. The overall effect is one of down-home ease with a touch of trepidation in the air." - IndieMusic.com

Biography

"And where this Carnival will lead, I don't know - but I still want to go..."

Growing up an air force brat, singer/songwriter Andi Rae Healy found herself traveling all over the world before settling in New York City and she has covered many genres before settling into her version of Bluesy Alternative Country, which you can hear on the brand new LP, I Guess I Am a Sinner, produced by Sammy Merendino and featuring an appearance by Cyndi Lauper.

This is the second CD for Andi Rae, although the first fully produced and accompanied. Also for the first time, it explores the country side of Andi's music, resulting in an alternative county LP with a song to fit every mood. Whether you are feeling the need to wander, bemoaning a love gone wrong, or deciding to stand up for yourself, I Guess I Am a Sinner has something for you to relate to.

Andi Rae fell in love with singing in front of a crowd while dabbling in classical, jazz and musical theater.
When she first moved to New York, she went to some auditions, some callbacks for Rent, and became the new front person for the high-energy, funky rock band, Dolores Slim. But it was alone her room with her acoustic guitar that Andi finally discovered what she really wanted to be doing: writing and performing her own songs.

Left to her own devices, Andi was able to really pour her heart out into her music. She doesn't hold back, but really lets you know exactly how she feels. But, while the songs are intensely personal, they also cover such universal issues that you can hear her singing about your own life as well. And the addictive melodies keep you singing them well after Andi has stopped.

Andi Rae and her guitar started frequenting the intimate acoustic settings of places like CBGBs Gallery, Rockwood Music Hall and the Sidewalk Cafe. Seasoned from years on the stage in various other genres, Andi Rae gives an honest and intoxicating performance. She has been invited to do showcases in the West Village, with the Songwriters for Songwriters and Friends Showcase, and in Boston, by CNC Music Productions, at the All Asia's Sunday Night Songwriter Series. She aroused the interest of hip-hop mixers and producers Rich Keller and Adam Gazzola (who could be found working on projects for Sean (Puffy) Combs, 3rd Bass and Jay Z, among others) and spent time writing and recording at Sony Studios. Last year, she completed her first full length acoustic CD, something she'd been wanting to do for a long time. But almost as soon as that was finished, the search was back on for the right producer to compliment her sound.

The right producer was found in Sammy Merendino. An extremely in-demand session drummer, Sammy is also currently part of Cyndi Lauper's recording and touring band. He has produced or played with a diverse group of artists including Chubby Checker,Cameo, Pat Metheny, Ziggy Marley, Sophie B. Hawkins, Anita Baker, Joan Osborne, Goat,Darden Smith, and Shawn Colvin. Sammy brought in many other member of Cyndi's band (William Wittman, Allison Cornell, Steve Gaboury, and of course himself on drums) and other wonderful musicians such as Jeff Golub and Conrad Korsch (currently touring with Rod Stewart) to play on the CD. His direction combined with their remarkable skills results in a sometimes gorgeous, sometimes gritty, always lush accompaniment to Andi's songs. And Cyndi herself came to lend a hand, providing her amazing voice and dulcimer skills to the old-mountain music style song "Had to Go". Jill Sobule and Darden Smith can also be heard lending their vocal abilities on "I'm the Devil" and "Return to Me"

Since completing the CD, Andi Rae has taken to the road again on a South Eastern tour, playing in places such as Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA and 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville and has been favorably reviewed on indie-music.com, Buddyhollywood.com and been featured in the Daily Times in Knoxville, TN. She has had successful shows at hot New York venues such as Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall and has been invited to play with the increasingly popular music community, Local Correspondents.

Andi Rae is often asked how such a big voice comes out of such a little girl. Katie Agresta, her voice teacher and (coincidentally Ms. Lauper's teacher as well), has been helpful in that department. Katie is also the teacher to the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and Annie Lenox . But also, Andi says, "Just because I'm small doesn't mean I don't have a whole lot to say, and a lot of passion to say it with." Take a listen to one of her newest songs, "Ooh Ah", and you will know this is true.

You can find "Ooh Ah", a mixture of other gut-wrenching and inspiring songs, and Andi's powerful, sultry voice on I Guess I Am a Sinner. No matter what you are looking for, Andi Rae is sure to satisfy.

Lyrics

Rodeo

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

Beautiful creature, passionate and untamed
staring fervently at me
Your eyes dare me - Step to the the challenge
Screaming come and have a ride on me

Excitement, danger, it's all here
I want it and I won't give in to the fear
I do not care what's in store
Climb into the saddle, let you take control

And I'm living my life just like a rodeo
With the wind in my face and my hair blowing free
You've made my life this rodeo
The only challenge yet to rival me

And I never wanted to tame your streak
I know no tether could keep you
I just want to match your stride
Throw my head back and enjoy the ride

So give it to me rough, make it interesting
Give me all you've got just try to lose me
I'm holding on for life, I don't want to be thrown
This saddle feels right and I am never going home

And I'm living my life just like a rodeo
With the wind in my face and my hair blowing free
You've made my life this rodeo
The only challenge yet to rival me

And here come the clowns - they see I've fallen down
and now they're trying to keep me from my unfaithful steed

But now my life is this rodeo
I will climb back on, I can take the heat
You've made my life this rodeo
Go on, writhe and flail, you won't phase me
Yes my life is this rodeo
With you between my thighs and the dust in my eyes
You've made my life this rodeo
Every movement you make a surprise

Little Flame

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

I am slipping, sliding, spinning round, falling down
I am scrunching, stretching, shaking, waiting
I am lowering myself to the ground
twisting, turning, writhing, craving
You love me while I am the one you’re with
you love me while somebody waits at home
You love me thoroughly and without shame
Then easily leave me all alone

Cause I’m not the inspiration, I’m just a passing desire
I’m not the congregation, I’m just a member of the choir
I’m not the final prize, I’m just a part of the game
and I am not the blazing fire
I’m just a little flame

I was spellbound by your fancy words
I got caught with my libido rising
dived right into the cold wet ocean
instead of making sure the water was inviting
Tell me what she does that I can’t do
I’d like to know what makes her so amazing
What do I lack that makes me only good enough to...
And what do I have that brings you here in the first place

Tell me why I’m not the inspiration, and just a passing desire
I’m not the congregation & just a member of the choir
I’m not the final prize, Im just a part of the game
and I am not the blazing fire
I’m just a little flame

Wait, come on now, stop
I know it’s not going to be me in the end

Oh no, Cause I’m just a passing desire
A lowly member of the choir
I’m not the final prize, I’m just a part of the game
and I am not the blazing fire
Im just a little flame

Had To Go

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

She never knew, she never knew
Or they would have been together,
if she knew he loved her
There would have been more time
And before his parents
ripped him from her arms
there could have been a few more
moments behind the school
and this first love could have been true love
but he had to go

He looked for years, he looked for years
with never any whisper
And she wondered all that time
If he was ever real
So when he found her

Girl in the Tree Live (A Song for Julia Butterfly)

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

There's a young lady who decided to make a stand
She realized the utter destruction we make of this land
She wondered what she should do
She asked what should she do

And now she's the girl in the tree
She sits there so free
The Girl in the Tree
Look up and see

She keeps the logger men from cutting her tree friend down
It's been a year and a half since she's been on the ground
A rope brings up her food
Here friend's can visit too

Yes now she's the girl in the tree
She sits there so free
The Girl in the Tree
Look up and see
The Girl in the Tree
She does it for ecology
The girl in the Tree
Look up and see

As long as there are logger's around
She's not coming down

'Cause she's the girl in the tree
She sits there so free
The Girl in the Tree
Must be strange to be
The Girl in the Tree
She does it for ecology
The girl in the Tree
Look up and see

One Drop of Rain

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

I should be going now I've been insulted enough for today
I'm really tired and it was time to go anyway
but don't worry I'll be back for more
Don't worry I'm not keeping score
No need to worry, if you were
About my feelings because you're

One drop of rain in the ocean of me
one little droplet in my raging sea
One tiny speck on my windowpane
All you are is one drop of rain

You're feeling bad now, I see
And thanks for wanting to extend that to me
Thanks for making me feel like I'm less than I am I had some ego to kil

I Don't Wanna Live on the Moon

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

Cars for every man Planes for every politician
At the rate we're making babies you would think we're on a mission
To cover every single little square inch of this planet
No more forests only houses - won't be long before we've had it
Water running in the garden, in the shower, in the kitchen
From the fountains, from the faucets - dripping, dripping, dripping
Look into the river there is something looking like some kind of ooze
And I'm getting kind-of nervous because

I don't want to live on the Moon
I don't want to live on the Moon
I like it down here
Where the grass is green and the skies are still blue
I don't want to live on the Moon
I don't want to live on the Moon
But we better start to care or get used to the idea
Because we're running out room

Another oak that gives us breath another ash that gives us air
Is chopped and pressed up into cardboard to shape your underwhere
We're dumping oil in the oceans, throwing garbage in the street
Chemicals and medicine in all the products that we eat
We throw away aluminum and paper and bottles and plastic and cans
When it's so easy to recycle
They wanna tell me that I'm crazy but I'm just not in the mood
Pull there heads out of their asses 'cause

I don't want to live on the Moon
I don't want to live on the Moon
I like it down here
Where the grass is green and the skies are still blue
I don't want to live on the Moon
I don't want to live on the Moon
But we better start to care or get used to the idea
Because we're running out room

And do we really need so many big bright shiny lights
Are we really so very afraid of the night

And can't we think of something to eat besides just meat meat meat
Cuz all the cattle and the trucks and the machinery
Are spewing gas into the air and turning green fields into deserts
And I know you think I'm lying but it's changing our weather
So the stupid bugs aren't dying and the glaciers just keep melting
And the polar bears are drowning and our apathy ain't helping
Yeah those beach front houses will be underwater soon
There's no way to go but up and

I don't want to live on the Moon
I don't want to live on the Moon
I like it down here
Where the grass is green and the skies are still blue
I don't want to live on the Moon
I don't want to live on the Moon
But we better start to care or get used to the idea
Because we're running out room

Return to Me

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

Oh my love it's been a long time
And I know it's been a hard time
But don't give up now it's not the right time
Just keep in mind you must
Return to me
My Love I will forgive you
And I know you've done the same for me
And I'd give all I own to convince you
So keep in your mind this one thing
You must return to me
My Love I'm always with you
Even when you can't see
And soon I will be near you
So please keep it in your memory to
Return to Me
You must Return to me

Irreplaceable

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

I know you'd never lie to me
I love the sounds you make when you are sleeping
You're always there to help me off with my boots
And nobody uses their hands like you do

And how do you always know what's in my head
How can you tell?
You pull the thoughts right out just like I'd said them out loud
Said them out loud

You're my favorite, you're so cute
I would come 'round your kissing booth
Your cushiony lips, you're gooey insides
Your wild hair, your alien eyes

You opened me up you calmed me down
It's no wonder that I fell
Your existence blows my miind
Makes me jump up and down
Bounce all around

You are irreplaceable
You are irreplaceable

You always know the right key
You always say the right thing
You're my hero, you're my sleuth
You use big words and nothing scares you
You're not afraid to say you love me
You're always beside, but never above me
You dote you share you never yell
To put it simply you treat me so well

And how do you always know what's in my head
How can you tell
You pull the thoughts right out just like I'd said them out loud
Said them out loud

You are irreplaceable, you know
You are irreplaceable

Slide on In

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

Go ahead, slide on in
I don't want to sleep
There are more exciting things to do
Between these scarlet sheets and
We'll just keep it simple
I think once will be nice
And if that goes well then ok,
Maybe twice

And i should warn you that I'll bite down
On your olive skin and
Keep going deeper 'til I let the
Taste of you in yes
I thought it would be fun
To lure you to this room
Lock the door and take advantage of you

But you forced your way into my mind
I lost control and let you push yourself inside
You forced your way into my mind
Into my mind

And I wanna go a little wild
Find all the things that make you scream
And I won't stop til you forget the world existed before me
So please don't talk
And try not to breathe
I'm trying to concentrate so don't work your magic on me
And maybe it's not too late
Maybe there's still time to get you to
Treat me like an object
Worship my body not my mind
Maybe I can still convince you to push me up against the wall
And move me to your rhythm
And that's all - that's all!

But you forced your way into my mind
I lost control and let you push yourself inside
You forced your way into my mind
Into my mind

And I'd known you so long
But we never got so deep that I knew that you'd be so amazing
I had no idea that you'd be able to make me so crazy
I just wanted you to make me
To take me

But you forced your way into my mind
I lost control and let you push yourself inside
You forced your way into my mind
Into my mind

And it was not what I had planned on giving up to you tonight...

Go ahead, slide on in
I don't want to sleep
i can think of a thousand other things to do
Between these scarlet sheets

I'm the Devil

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

I'm not a believer and I'm not an angel
I guess I am a sinner and you treat me like a stranger
Saying you can't know me without God in your heart
Well I thought God was about Love and not tearing people apart

You may think I'm unholy but I'm really pretty pure
I've always been the good girl but now I'm not so sure
because you say you love me just not my pagan ways
Maybe I could keep you around if I just let myself be saved

Because you run from me to protect what you believe
Your mother says it's the only way, find a girl with whom you can pray
It doesn't matter what we feel if we don't have the same ideals
Your god forbids you to stoop to my level
'Cause you're so blessed and I'm the devil

You pick and choose what you call sin
Your carnal knowledge of me was ok
When you thought that I'd let Jesus in
But isn't that what they call hypocrisy
When you can stand there looking chaste
After you've had your way with me

Because you run from me to protect what you believe
Your mother says it's the only way, find a girl with whom you can pray
It doesn't matter how we feel if we don't have the same ideals
Your god forbids you to stoop to my level
'Cause you're so blessed and I'm the devil

But what if you die and you were wrong
And God didn't care about the dogma
And all those praise and worship songs
Yeah, what if you're wrong
and all he wanted was for you to be nice
Do you think he'd like the way you treated me
If he didn't give a damn for sacrifice

Because you run from me to protect what you believe
Your mother says it's the only way, find a girl with whom you can pray
It doesn't matter how we feel - we don't have the same ideals
Your god forbids you to stoop to my level
'Cause I'm the devil

High Above London

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

High above London I got to thinking
You are not coming - not coming around
It is so pretty here, I don't want to leave
And I don't want to leave you but I can't stand my ground

Nothing like an afternoon at St Paul's to make me less dreary
Nothing like a little London fog to help me see clearly

So in Trafalgar Square I will learn not to care
I can get better up in a double decker
When we've reached Piccadilly I'll have stopped being silly and I'll have realized I must let you go
Tho why I may never know

Caught in the rain walking next to the Thames
Has got me confessing you do not want me
As the rain washed over me will it wash you out of me
Or will i still struggle after crossing the sea

I kinda wanna climb this little wall and jump right in
I know it might be quite a fall but i know how to swim

So in Trafalgar Square I will learn not to care
I know I can get better up in a double decker
When we've reached Piccadilly I'll have stopped being silly and I'll have realized I must let you go
Tho why I may never know

Yeah in Trafalgar Square I will learn not to care
I swear I'll get better up in a double decker
When we've reached Piccadilly I'll have stopped being silly and I'll have realized I must let you go
you don't tell me why you just don't show
I was fooled into loving but now I'm letting go
Tho why I may never know

3000 Miles

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

Helga Estby has a story that been told.
Yes Ms Estby has a story that should have been told.
'Bout how she tried to save her family from starving and losing their home

One morning she set out with Clara, her daughter, by her side
A mysterious party was offering a generous prize
To the woman who could walk to New York City from the West in good time

3000 Miles
They Walked 3000 Miles

They followed the railroads through the wilderness of 1896
Proved they hand endurance and were not just the fragile weaker sex
Climbed over mountains, waded rives and made their way from one town to the next

3000 Miles
They Walked 300 Miles
3000 Miles
They Walked 300 Miles

10,000 dollars on their minds kept them going thru the danger they would face
They shot a man, a mountain lion followed them - three terrifying days
But Helga Estby and her daughter were strong and determined and brave

3000 Miles
3000 Miles
For that 10, 000 dollar prize
They walked 3000 Miles

Fabulous

Written By: Andi Rae Healy

FABULOUS

Let me just make one thing clear
I was crazy' bout you
You filled an empty space
Like no one else could do

Just like a character
from a Tom Robbin's book
You were much larger than life
And from the very first look
You had me hooked

And I thought that we would've been fabulous
Could've slept by the moon on a rooftop in June
Could've sang me a tune 'bout the day we met
I thought that we would've been fabulous
So it's a mystery than we're not meant to be
and I may not agree but I have no regrets

You were a bit insane
I was a bit of a mess
This may have killed our flame
but it couldn't make me love you less

In case you didn't know
This was not my choice
Would've fought with all my might
but you stole my voice
You went and stole my voice

And I thought that we would've been fabulous
Could've slept by the moon on a rooftop in June
Could've sang me a tune 'bout the day we met
I thought that we would've been fabulous
So it's a mystery than we're not meant to be
and I may not agree but I have no regrets

But what do I do now and how do I keep from being blue
I don't know how to be proud and stay away from you

And I thought that we would've been fabulous
Could've slept by the moon on a rooftop in June
Could've sang me a tune 'bout the day we met
I thought that we would've been fabulous
So it's a mystery than we're not meant to be
and I may not agree but I have no regrets

I thought that we would've been fabulous
Could've driven away on a hot summer day
On the beach we could play getting sandy and wet
I thought that we would've been fabulous
It's a mystery that we're not meant to be
and yeah I disagree
but I have no regrets

Discography

'I Guess I Am a Sinner'
Produced by Sammy Merendino
'Rising' Acoustic LP 2005

RADIO

BandRadio Live (Upcoming - Little Flame)
Brave New Frontiers Radio (Rodeo & Return to Me)
Dog Watch Social Club Podcast (One Drop of Rain)
Radio Crystal Blue (Various Songs)

Set List

3 Sets Available
45-50 minutes in length
9-10 songs

SET 1
The Other One
Rising
Return to Me
Rodeo
Had to Go
Your Cheatin Heart (Hank Williams cover)
Ooh Ah
Little Flame
I'm the Devil
Carnival

SET 2
One Drop of Rain
Fooled Me
The Girl in the Tree
Trying to Save the Girl
I Guess You Never Really Loved Me
These Sounds
In the Stars
Uncover Me
Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton Cover)

SET 3
Be Seeing you
Clean
Wish
Curse
Different Trains
Cold
I Could...
I Can't Help It (Another Hank cover)
Tearing Down the Walls
Pass Me By