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Andrea England

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | MAJOR

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"Hope & Other Sins album review"

Wistfulness comes to mind describing the album Hope and Other Sins. Wistfulness and melancholia. The world requires England’s messages. The world filled with so many mixed messages, it requires self – effectiveness more than ever….Fool’s Gold’ will be the favorite of any fan of Rickie Lee Jones. If England spent any time with Jones it must have been like long lost twins meeting for the first time in years…. - Rick Keene, Rick Keene’s Music Scene


"Hope & Other Sins album review"

Canadian folk/pop singer Andrea England released her sophomore album “Hope & Other Sins” in 2012, and has had some great success, for example, the album hit #1 on Galaxie’s FolkRoots chart in September. Take a listen to the song "The Thought of You", which is my personal favorite from her record. England is off to a great start with this album, proving herself as a very crafty songwriter indeed, one who can reach straight to the heart. - LadyIndie.com


"Andrea England – Hope & Other Sins"

This album is notable for its impeccable rhythm section and harmonic melodic guitar riffs paired with reeling organ wails. Vocally Andrea delivers soft breathy arias expounding on lyrically charged frames of reference. The depth of songwriting is monumental and is augmented by Linden’s cohesive production. Hope & Other Sins is a body of work worthy of the many accolades it has garnished to date.... - www.makedataylor.com


"Andrea England’s sophomore Hope & Other Sins promises to be a breakthrough album for the Nova Scotia-raised singer/songwriter"

Andrea England’s sophomore Hope & Other Sins promises to be a breakthrough album for the Nova Scotia-raised singer/songwriter. Produced by Colin Linden, the rootsy pop album features a Who’s Who of musicians including drummer Gary Craig, bassist John Dymond, keyboardist John Whynot, guitarist Gordie Sampson and pedal steel guitarist Dan Dugmore, along with vocalists Damhnait Doyle and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, among others. That England holds her own in such impressive company speaks to the strengths of Hope & Other Sins. - The Record


"Review: Andrea England – Hope & Other Sins"

Hope & Other Sins is Andrea England’s sophomore release. Produced in Nashville by Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Colin James, Stephen Fearing), and featuring such special guest musicians as Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Liz Rodrigues, Gordie Sampson and Damhnait Doyle. This album is notable for its impeccable rhythm section and harmonic melodic guitar riffs paired with reeling organ wails. Vocally Andrea delivers soft breathy arias expounding on lyrically charged frames of reference. The depth of songwriting is monumental and is augmented by Linden’s cohesive production. Hope & Other Sins is a body of work worthy of the many accolades it has garnished to date. In my interview with Andrea she shared the importance of being an authentic artist. She stated, “I don’t have to rehearse being honest”. When prodded why she is not more revealing about herself in a social media climate that demands more private confessions? Andrea conveyed she wants the attention to be directed at her songs. Writing songs that are truthful is her number one priority. Read full interview here: http://www.makedataylor.com/site/hopeandothersins/ - Makeda Tayor


"Sinfully Good: Andrea England's Hope & Other Sins by David Kidney"

When I was a young guy, hopeful about breaking into the singer/songwriter market I wanted to call my first record Love and Other Delights. It seemed to capture the essence of what my songs were about. Andrea England has topped that by choosing Hope & Other Sins as the title for her new release. It’s definitely more thought-provoking, and when combined with A Man Called Wrycraft’s startling and gorgeous cover art it sets an expectation for England’s third CD to dig far deeper into the listener’s subconscious and really tug at your heart and head. The production, by Blackie & the Rodeo Kings’ Colin Linden, helps fulfil those expectations.

Andrea England hails from Nova Scotia, but is now based in Toronto. She’s a prize-winning songwriter, having gathered a prize in the John Lennon USA International Songwriting Competition, among others. Her songs have been played in TV series (Dawson’s Creek and Party of Five) and feature films. Her first album Lemonade received three Nova Scotia Music Award nominations and won the Pop Rock Award at the Toronto Independent Music Awards in 2005. Way back in 1999, she was delivering her CDs to a local record shop in Ottawa when she was involved in a serious car accident. It brought her career to a sudden stop, but not her creativity. She has almost 150 compositions in her songbook, and has collaborated with people like Dan Hill, Suzie Vinnick and a host of professionals including Bruce Brody (Rickie Lee Jones) and Bryan Allen (Heart).


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Colin Linden knows how to create a sound. He takes the essentials and builds from the ground up. On Hope & Other Sins he brought along B.A.R.K. rhythm section Gray Craig (drums), John Dymond (bass) and John Whynot (piano, organ), and with Linden himself on guitars and mandolin, he has a solid foundation. There are plenty of guests too, including Dan Dugmore on pedal steel, Gordie Sampson on guitar and mandolin, and harmony vocals from Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Damhnait Doyle (her first name is pronounced DAV-net), and Liz Rodrigues. But the best band in the world doesn’t make a difference if the songs aren’t there. Fortunately, England can write a melody and a lyric.

She also had confidence in Linden’s abilities. “I knew that he would understand the aesthetic, the sound that I wanted,” says Andrea. “What I wanted to do was have a band play very organically in the style that I was first exposed to, which was old-school country music, and I knew he would do that. The authenticity and the musicianship, I knew he could bring to the music.” There is an old-time feel about the piece; one hears echoes of country music for sure, but also the clarity of Beatles’ guitars and the richness of the vocals. This is a timeless record.

“My hope was to make an artistic piece that was a reflective piece of art,” she says. “The sin? Well sometimes hope is sin to people who are cynical. And I am definitely not cynical.” Andrea England can’t be cynical; she has witnessed the healing power of music in her own life, and in the world at large. “Picture of You” is inspired by a visit to Ground Zero a few years after 9/11, seeing the impact the site has on visitors. I recall my own visit to the site, a year before England’s, the photographs stuck in a frost fence and the sense of loss I felt just being next to the hole in the ground.

The songs are autobiographical, personal, honest and universal. The performances are potent as you might expect; England’s vocals are delicate yet strong, powerfully supported by the band’s precision. The album is filled with hope … the sin would be that nobody hears it.

– David Kidney has reviewed for Green Man Review and Sleeping Hedgehog. He published the Rylander Quarterly (a Ry Cooder-based newsletter) for 8 years before turning it into a blog, athttp://rylander-rylander.blogspot.com. He works at McMaster University as Director of Learning Space Development and lives in Dundas with his wife. - Criticsatlarge.ca


"New Canadian Music: Hope & Other Sins by Noah Siegel"

An accomplished songwriter in her own right, having penned tunes for The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger, and the French Idol finalist Miss Dominique, Andrea England is debuting a brand new album of original material, Hope & Other Sins. It’s clear how she’s a songwriter through and through; the record easily sounds like something Kathleen Edwards or Tina Dico would release. This record has great folk moments that reveal themselves in top-notch pop production. Listen to the memorable “Laundry” over on her Soundcloud and be sure to purchase a physical copy at MapleMusic.com - http://www.newcanadianmusic.ca


"Hope & Other Sins"

“It’s clear how Andrea’s a songwriter through and through; the record easily sounds like something Kathleen Edwards or Tina Dico would release. This record has great folk moments that reveal themselves in top-notch pop production. Listen to the memorable “Laundry” and be sure to get a copy.” - Noah Siegel - New Canadian Music


"Hope & Other Sins"

“It’s clear how Andrea’s a songwriter through and through; the record easily sounds like something Kathleen Edwards or Tina Dico would release. This record has great folk moments that reveal themselves in top-notch pop production. Listen to the memorable “Laundry” and be sure to get a copy.” - Noah Siegel - New Canadian Music


"Review of Hope & Other Sins by Peter Goddard"

“…[Hope & Other Sins] makes the world a better place. If there’s a Juno for unaffected innocence it should go to this second release by Sand Point, Nova Scotian born singer/songwriter, coming off a seven year hiatus since the 2005 debut release of her debut, Lemonade. Hope & Other Sins 10 neatly crafted country leaning-songs are tunefully melodic and believable in their straightforward narratives. The now-Toronto based artist has the enviable quality of sounding exactly like the characters she’s created…” - Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star - The Toronto Star Newspaper


"Review of Hope & Other Sins by Peter Goddard"

“…[Hope & Other Sins] makes the world a better place. If there’s a Juno for unaffected innocence it should go to this second release by Sand Point, Nova Scotian born singer/songwriter, coming off a seven year hiatus since the 2005 debut release of her debut, Lemonade. Hope & Other Sins 10 neatly crafted country leaning-songs are tunefully melodic and believable in their straightforward narratives. The now-Toronto based artist has the enviable quality of sounding exactly like the characters she’s created…” - Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star - The Toronto Star Newspaper


"England Releases Hope & Other Sins"

With the help of some music industry heavy weights, Sand Point, Guysborough County native and former St. F.X. student, Andrea England, has released her second CD.
England, based out of Toronto, is following up 2005’s Lemonade with Hope and Other Sins which was released in June.
She credits the late Richard Bell, a key board player who was a member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and played with such legendary musicians as Janis Joplin and the Band, with introducing her to noted Canadian musician and record producer Colin Linden.
The meeting took place in Woodstock, New York where Linden was performing in the Levon Helm and the Midnight Ramble Show.
“At the time he [Linden] asked me about making another album which sparked my interest,” England told the Casket during a telephone interview last week.
“That was like five years ago and I was so busy writing for other people at the time, the timing just wasn’t right for me,” she said. “That was until about a year and a half ago. In the fall [2010] I contacted Colin and asked him if he was still interested. I sent him some demos and he said he was in. So we started recording in March of last year in Nashville and we finished the recording process probably mid-June [2011] and mixed over the summer.”
England added the finishing up details, due to prior work commitments of different people working on the record as well as varied locations, took some time but that she “wasn’t in any great hurry.”
“I had waited seven years so a few more months didn’t hurt,” England said.
She said early feedback has been “fantastic’ with positive reviews and good early sale numbers.
In talking about a few of the songs on the CD, England noted The Thought of You, the first selection on the CD, is the first release. England described the song as an up-tempo tune fitting for the summer months.
She said Laundry is another song receiving a strong reception.
“It’s a ballad that is getting a lot of attention,” she said.
Trying is a song described as being semi-autobiographical. England talked about writing and performing personal pieces.
“Nothing is ever 100 percent autobiographical but I definitely drew upon my Maritime roots, things that have happened to friends and family there and to me personally,” she said about the song.
“I’m emphatic and sensitive to others’ feelings so I hope I get it right and characterize the situation in an empathetic way,” she added. “It’s not telling stories for the sake of telling them, it’s more healing through story telling… bringing life to issues and so forth. That song means a lot to me and the reaction has been really good. I think if you handle something with care, it can be received with care.”
Overall the CD is described as an eclectic collection of styles with the term “roots meet pop” used in one review.
England, who has written songs for former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and popular TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and Party of Five, talked about her different writing styles.
“When I record for myself, I try to make my songs as honest as possible,” she said. “That’s the only reason I do it, to try and be honest and that is translated into a musical journey.
“When I write the pop stuff, and I love pop music too, if I’m writing a song I’m going to pitch to some big pop star, that writing process doesn’t have to be as organic. You’re not making their record you’re just putting across the song itself.”
England said she grew up in Sand Point listening to “old school” country music like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline as well as Nova Scotians Carroll Baker and Anne Murray. She enjoyed listening to local radio stations and noted how CJFX (now XFM), in particular, influenced her varied musical styles with their wide ranging play list.
“They had a real combination of pop music and roots,” she said. “You could be listening to Madonna one minute and to John Allan Cameron the next. That was the primary radio station I grew up with, it and CIGO (now the Hawk), and they always had a real combination of pop, roots, folk, country and traditional Celtic music which you can kind of hear in my music a bit. So I definitely would attribute my varied musical roots to listening to that radio station.”
More on England and her new CD, Hope and Other Sins, can be found on her website www.andreaengland.com.

- Richard MacKenzie, richardmac@thecasket.ca - The Antigonish Casket


"England Releases Hope & Other Sins"

With the help of some music industry heavy weights, Sand Point, Guysborough County native and former St. F.X. student, Andrea England, has released her second CD.
England, based out of Toronto, is following up 2005’s Lemonade with Hope and Other Sins which was released in June.
She credits the late Richard Bell, a key board player who was a member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and played with such legendary musicians as Janis Joplin and the Band, with introducing her to noted Canadian musician and record producer Colin Linden.
The meeting took place in Woodstock, New York where Linden was performing in the Levon Helm and the Midnight Ramble Show.
“At the time he [Linden] asked me about making another album which sparked my interest,” England told the Casket during a telephone interview last week.
“That was like five years ago and I was so busy writing for other people at the time, the timing just wasn’t right for me,” she said. “That was until about a year and a half ago. In the fall [2010] I contacted Colin and asked him if he was still interested. I sent him some demos and he said he was in. So we started recording in March of last year in Nashville and we finished the recording process probably mid-June [2011] and mixed over the summer.”
England added the finishing up details, due to prior work commitments of different people working on the record as well as varied locations, took some time but that she “wasn’t in any great hurry.”
“I had waited seven years so a few more months didn’t hurt,” England said.
She said early feedback has been “fantastic’ with positive reviews and good early sale numbers.
In talking about a few of the songs on the CD, England noted The Thought of You, the first selection on the CD, is the first release. England described the song as an up-tempo tune fitting for the summer months.
She said Laundry is another song receiving a strong reception.
“It’s a ballad that is getting a lot of attention,” she said.
Trying is a song described as being semi-autobiographical. England talked about writing and performing personal pieces.
“Nothing is ever 100 percent autobiographical but I definitely drew upon my Maritime roots, things that have happened to friends and family there and to me personally,” she said about the song.
“I’m emphatic and sensitive to others’ feelings so I hope I get it right and characterize the situation in an empathetic way,” she added. “It’s not telling stories for the sake of telling them, it’s more healing through story telling… bringing life to issues and so forth. That song means a lot to me and the reaction has been really good. I think if you handle something with care, it can be received with care.”
Overall the CD is described as an eclectic collection of styles with the term “roots meet pop” used in one review.
England, who has written songs for former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and popular TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and Party of Five, talked about her different writing styles.
“When I record for myself, I try to make my songs as honest as possible,” she said. “That’s the only reason I do it, to try and be honest and that is translated into a musical journey.
“When I write the pop stuff, and I love pop music too, if I’m writing a song I’m going to pitch to some big pop star, that writing process doesn’t have to be as organic. You’re not making their record you’re just putting across the song itself.”
England said she grew up in Sand Point listening to “old school” country music like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline as well as Nova Scotians Carroll Baker and Anne Murray. She enjoyed listening to local radio stations and noted how CJFX (now XFM), in particular, influenced her varied musical styles with their wide ranging play list.
“They had a real combination of pop music and roots,” she said. “You could be listening to Madonna one minute and to John Allan Cameron the next. That was the primary radio station I grew up with, it and CIGO (now the Hawk), and they always had a real combination of pop, roots, folk, country and traditional Celtic music which you can kind of hear in my music a bit. So I definitely would attribute my varied musical roots to listening to that radio station.”
More on England and her new CD, Hope and Other Sins, can be found on her website www.andreaengland.com.

- Richard MacKenzie, richardmac@thecasket.ca - The Antigonish Casket


"Toronto's Andrea England - Hope & Other Sins (2012)"

Our Folk Playlist pick is the airy upbeat love song, 'Laundry'. A poignant telling with universal appeal with it's clever lyrics, nice hook, lovely vocals, and an ending that caught me off guard. The kind of ending that begs the replay. - It's Not Opera (A Spotify Companion)


"Hidden Gem of Toronto's Music Scene"

"One of the hidden gems of Toronto's music scene...England has also proved her commercial value. The track Another Day was used as background in a scene from the TV series Joan of Arcadia earlier this year. Her song Sometimes made it to the Dawson's Creek Season Four DVD, and will be the album's first video, directed by Sundance Film Festival 2005 contributor Annie Bradley. " - Toronto 24 Hours/Sun


"Lemonade raises the bar"

Lemonade raises the proverbial bar for other debut albums while placing established artists on notice...Andrea England will be a serious contender on the charts!
- Jim MacDonald
- Halifax Chronicle Herald


"Start playing Lemonade"

If the radio station programmers are smart (an oxymoron?) they’ll start playing England’s ‘Lemonade’ as soon as it becomes available.
- Dan MacDonald - The Cape Breton Post


"Stanfest 2005"

"[England sings] straightforward pop-folk songs about resilience & identity" - Stephen Cooke - Halifax Chronicle Herald


"Expect big things!"

"The latest offering from Andrea England looks to be promising.... "Lemonade" is a great catchy song, reminesant of Jewel in its sincerity and approach. Expect big things in the coming months from Ms. England! -Sean Harley - Canadian-Music.com


"Sweet pop vocals and strong songwriting..."

[Lemonade has] sweet pop vocals and strong songwriting.... - Canadian Music Network


"The perfect record for summertime"

“Andrea England has created the perfect record for summertime. Appropriately titled Lemonade, her music has a bit of sugar to make it fun and catchy, and the perfect amount of lemony punch in the lyrics and arrangements to lend serious substance.” - Maplemusic.com - Maplemusic.com


"Lemonade is a great record!"

On Live At 5 feature (aired on ATV 8/18/04), The Scene's MariAnna Bachinsky declared Lemonade a "great record"!
- ATV/Live at 5


"Lemonade is a great record!"

On Live At 5 feature (aired on ATV 8/18/04), The Scene's MariAnna Bachinsky declared Lemonade a "great record"!
- ATV/Live at 5


Discography

Releases:

June 26, 2012: Hope & Other Sins
2005: Lemonade (Full length debut)
2000: Heart Wide Open (EP)

Hope & Other Sins hit Maplemusic.com's Top 5 in its first week of release, and reached #1 on Galaxy's FolkRoots chart in October 2012, and being the 5th most-played FolkRoots album on Galaxy in 2012! The album is currently receiving generous reviews & AirPlay across Canada, and has been on the RMR/Cashbox Magazine Top 50 Folk Albums chart since its release. In April 2013, it reached #3 on the Indiana Roots radio chart.

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There is always hope. And if one is very lucky, a little sin becomes part of the bargain. Music lovers will surely enjoy this good fortune of Andrea Englands sophomore CD, Hope & Other Sins! Since its release, on June 26th, 2012, Hope & Other Sins has already topped the Galaxy Folk Roots Channel charts, been on Cashbox Magazines Top 50 Folk Chart, and received generous airplay across Canada: on CBC, Folk/Roots, Country, Community and Commercial Radio stations!

A full 7 years after her debut Lemonade which, upon its release, won the Nova Scotian native serious recognition: from a John Lennon International Songwriting prize to acknowledgements from the USA International, OCFF and NSAI Songwriting Competitions, Music Nova Scotia, and the Toronto Independent Music Awards. A songwriter first, her subsequent collaborations with an international Whos Who of songwriting professionals include, among many others, Bruce Brody (Lone Justice. Rickie Lee Jones), Jeremy Ruzumna  (Bruno Mars, Macy Gray,) Dan Hill, Liz Rodrigues (Eminem, Pink), David Leask, and Brian Allen (Heart). Add to the mix songs co-written with blues pop singer-songwriter, Suzie Vinnick - as well as for the likes of pop star Nicole Scherzingers debut solo project Killer Love - and you have a songwriter/artist whose breadth of talent is unmistakable.

Now returning to her own solo project, it has taken Andrea no less attention-to-detail and artistry to craft the second offering Hope & Other Sins  a decidedly different take on her singer-songwriter stance with the deft guitar and production skills of Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams) and top musicians from Nashville to New York, to Toronto and Canadas east coast.  Under Lindens tutelage, Englands sensitive song craft and rigorous attention to lyrical integrity is grafted to a caliber of musicianship befitting her material. A core team of Gary Craig (drums), John Dymond (bass), John Whynot (piano, organ) and Linden on a rootsy array of guitars, mandolins and dobro, give Englands 10 new compositions the musical artistry they deserve. Add in Damhnait Doyle, Liz Rodrigues and Carolyn Dawn Johnson on harmony vocals and players like Gordie Sampson (guitars), Dan Dugmore (pedal steelJames Taylor, Linda Ronstadt) and Bruce Brody (piano), and the concept of hope hardly comes into it.

Take songs like the England/Brody co-write, Fools Gold, with its heavy message over a light piano melody, the classic Laundry, in which this singer-songwriter heads down an alt-country road to great effect, or standout track Picture of You written at Ground Zero, in the aftermath of 9/11. Peter Goddard, longtime Toronto Star reviewer writes of Englands Hope & Other Sins:  This makes the world a better place. Hope & Other Sins 10 neatly crafted country leaning-songs are tunefully melodic and believable in their straightforward narratives. [Andrea England] has the enviable quality of sounding exactly like the characters shes created

Fiercely indie, Andrea England is perfectly poised to take on the next chapter of her career, generously offering up the best of both worlds (roots meets pop) - and the rich palette of her heart.

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