Andrea Love

Andrea Love

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You name it, I can sing it! I sing anything - Gospel, R&B/Soul, Funk, Jazz (including Acid Jazz and Nu Jazz), with a bit of Pop thrown in!

Biography

Soulful…Sensual…Rich…Powerful…
That is the only way to describe the phenomenal voice of Chicago-born singer and songwriter, Andrea Love. Influenced by her Gospel roots from the church, with added Jazz and R&B overtones, and a vocal range just over five octaves - she is undeniably a musical force to be reckoned with.

She’s worked with some of music’s most elite, including Michael Manson, George Duke, E Smoove, Ledisi, Chante Moore, M-Doc, Terri Lyne Carrington, Darius Brooks, Terisa Griffin, Typhanie Monique and Celeda; she’s also noted as being one of the most sought after recording session vocalists, even having credits that include additional background vocals for remixes of Mariah Carey’s “Through the Rain”, and Whitney Houston’s “Try It On My Own”, both produced by Grammy Winner Maurice Joshua.

Andrea comes from a musical background - her mother is a former singer, choir director, and piano player for a church in Autaugaville, Alabama; her late father wasn’t really a singer, but he had such a passion for Jazz - he could actually scat better than most Jazz singers.

When reflecting on her first solo in church at age seven, Andrea remembers being so excited - and not one ounce of nervousness. “I just wanted to sound like Shirley Caesar on "Sweeping Through the City" - that recording had so much energy, different from any other Gospel music I had heard before. People came to me afterwards and told me I did a great job, and at that point, I knew I had the potential to make it as a singer.”

In the early nineties, Andrea was given the chance to do lead vocals for her church choir’s live CDs, the Grammy- nominated Tyrone Block and the Christ Tabernacle Combined Choirs, under the Pastoral leadership of the late Reverend Milton Brunson. This opportunity opened doors for her to sing with other great Gospel artists, including Albertina Walker, Shirley Caesar, Tyrone Block & LSD, Bryant Jones & Chosen, Just Friends, Visions: A Choral Ministry, Allen & Allen, and Gospel/Jazz group Masque, to which she contributed lead and background vocals to their 1999 debut CD entitled “Thank You,” which received a Gospel Stellar Award nomination.

Though Gospel music has been her main source of inspiration, Andrea explored other music genres based on an ever-growing influence from artists like Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald just to name a few. As a result, she soon began singing with local Jazz and R&B bands in some of Chicago’s hottest live music night spots.

2001 was a major turning point for Andrea, as she began working with Grammy nominated remix producer E Smoove, who, when asked about working with her says, "Andrea is a phenomenal talent and her passion for music is unmatched. I believe our musical connection was sent from heaven". Their meeting resulted in a funky Inspirational House track entitled “Shined On Me” (Praise Cats f/ Andrea Love - Subliminal Records), which has been her biggest international hit to date.

Often being at the top of most major European Dance Music charts, it gained two nominations for the 2002 Italian Dance Music Awards, including Best New Dance Artist and Song of the Year. The success of the song also allowed her to perform throughout Europe, including special television appearances on the legendary music show “Hit Machine” in France, and the annual “Festival Bar” in Italy, where she was listed on the same bill with Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch and Shakira.

Now Andrea is back with a vengeance with some of the hottest Dance tracks guaranteed to make you sweat on the dance floor, including “Heat You Up, Melt You Down” (RedSoul - Playmore Music – U.K.); “Body and Soul “ (Kings Of Groove - Spain), and “Can’t Live Without Your Groove” (Sergio D’Angelo -Time Rec. – Italy), all of which are currently receiving rave reviews and making noise on various Dance charts and DJ playlists.

Andrea is also writing and recording tracks to be heard on her upcoming solo project that will be released in the fall of 2009, showcasing her vocal ability as a Soul, R&B and Acid Jazz artist, while holding true to her Dance roots. Upcoming Dance tracks include “To the Sky” produced by Sergio D’Angelo (to be released on Time Rec., Italy), as well was projects with world renown DJ/Producers CZR and Malik from the Outhere Bros., and you can also get ready for another highly-anticipated, uplifting hit from the Praise Cats.

On music and her career, Andrea says, “My love affair with music is something that's hard to put into words. There’s a high that I get when I sing, whether I'm on stage dressed up or standing barefoot in my living room. It’s is a euphoric, sensual feeling that makes me invincible, and that feeling has become my addiction! I feel so blessed that I've been chosen to embody the gift of song, and this is only the beginning for me - there is so much more to

Discography

Discography of all House Music Releases:

2001
Subliminal Records/Focus Music
Praise Cats featuring Andrea Love
Lead and Background Vocals
“Shined On Me”

2002
Meek Records
Masque
811: Infinite Love
Lead and Background Vocals, arrangement
“I’m Sorry”

2003
Subliminal Records
Praise Cats Featuring Andrea Love
Lead and Background Vocals
“We Got Love”

2003
Island
Mariah Carey
Through the Rain Maurice Joshua Remixes
Background Vocals

2003
Arista
Whitney Houston
Try It On My Own Maurice Joshua Remixes
Background Vocals

2004
Subliminal Records
Praise Cats Featuring Andrea Love
Lead and Background Vocals
“Sing”

2005
Star Sixty Nine Records
Andrea Love Featuring Celeda and Sandi B
Lead and Background Vocals
“Wonderful”

2006
Subliminal Records
Praise Cats Featuring Andrea Love
Lead and Background Vocals
“Love Is the Key”

2006
Journey Music Group
Darius Brooks
My Soul
Background vocals:
“To Make It Through”
“I Like It”
“Healed Heart”

2006
Journey Music
Darius Brooks presents the The Reunion Live in Chicago - Side A
Featuring Former Members of the “Thompson Community Singers”
Additional background vocals

2006
Purple Music - Switzerland
Jamie Lewis feat. Andrea Love
Lead, Background vocals, co-writer, arranger
“Faithful”

2007
Gotta Records - Switzerland
Gotta feat. Andrea Love
Writer, Lead and background vocals
“Higher (Hailey’s Song)"

2008
Playmore Music - U.K.
RedSoul feat. Andrea Love
Lead and background vocals
“Heat You Up, Melt You Down”

2008
Time Rec. - Italy
Sergio D’Angelo feat. Andrea Love
Writer, Lead and Background vocals
"Can’t Live Without Your Groove"

2008
Kings of Groove Recordings
Kings of Groove feat. Andrea Love
Writer, Lead and Background Vocals
"Body and Soul"

Set List

Usually do anywhere from one to three sets. If it's one set, it'll last 1/12 to 2 hours straight. If it's two to three sets, the first two sets last for an hour, and the last set is about 45 minutes. Extensive song list includes but not limited to:

Angela Bofield
I Try

Anita Baker
Caught Up In the Rapture
Sweet Love
Been So Long
Rhythm of Love
Angel

Bobby Caldwell
What You Won’t Do For Love

Brian McKnight
Never Felt This Way

Incognito
Deep Waters

Teena Marie
Portuguese Love

George Benson
This Masquerade

Al Green
Let’s Stay Together

Patrice Rushen
You Remind Me

Aretha Franklin
Chain of Fools
Rock Steady
Until You Come Back To Me
Respect
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman

Will Downing (Michael Jackson)
I Can’t Help It

Patti LaBelle
Love, Need, Want You

Chaka Khan
Sweet Thing
You Got the Love
Ain’t Nobody
Papillon (aka Hot Butterfly)
Everlasting Love
Tell Me Something