Andrea Menard

Andrea Menard

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
DuoPopAdult Contemporary

Andrea Menard, an acclaimed, Metis powerhouse entertainer, charms them all with her folk upbringing, her theatrical background, and her glamorous jazz persona, and soothes them with work grounded in native spirituality.

Biography

Andrea
Menard

actor + singer + writer + messenger

 

Andrea
Menard is a versatile, powerhouse performer who crosses cultural and language
boundaries by speaking from her heart. With three award-winning cds under her
belt, this multi-talented, Métis (Native-Canadian) singer-songwriter and
actress has created life-long fans with her songs, her stories, and her message
of hope. The Vancouver-based Menard has performed for royalty, prime ministers,
ambassadors, governor generals and even sang her song “Peace” to the world’s NATO generals.

 

Andrea has just released her 4th
cd, Lift, which is a
collection
of joyful songs about beauty, awakening, and unity,
and is Menard’s attempt to bring a positive message to the world. Lift encompasses all of her best
qualities and introduces Andrea to the world as a true music messenger. Her
first three albums, Sparkle (2009) Simple Steps (2005) and The Velvet Devil (2002), all feature
original songs written by Menard and Robert Walsh, her long-time producer and
co-writer. Walsh is an Edmonton-based guitarist, teacher and author, from
Montreal. Marking their fourth collaboration together, Lift is Andrea and Robert’s most heart-filled and ambitious project
yet.

 

For Menard, Lift is a
personal and musical turning point. Conceived during a murky time in Andrea’s
life, Lift with its unwavering
optimism and joy, helped bring her back into the light. Because of her own need
for ‘positive music,” Andrea, a self-coined Music Messenger, has become an
advocate for musicians who are “intentionally creating harmonious music to
raise the hearts and minds of their fellow humans.”

 

Andrea’s new
symphony show, I Am Andrea Menard,
debuted
with the Regina Symphony Orchestra in May 2014. The
adaptation of Andrea’s one-woman musical stage play The Velvet Devil, which debuted on CBC television, swept a total of
13 Showcase awards (2008), including Best Lead Female, Best Original Score,
Best Original Script, and Best Dramatic Feature. Andrea’s performance also
garnered her a Gemini nomination for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Category.
In 2011, she earned the same nomination for a 70-minute holiday tv special that
she wrote and starred in called Sparkle
(APTN).

 

Multiple nominations and wins include: “Best Aboriginal Recording”
at the Western Canadian Music Awards, “Best Female Artist” “Best Single” and
“Album of the Year” titles at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and “Best
International Artist” at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

 

 

Visit
her website at:

http://www.andreamenard.com

http://www.expandreamenard.com

http://www.youtube.com/velvetdevilmenard

 

http://twitter.com/andreamenard

http://www.facebook.com/andreamenardmusic



https://www.facebook.com/themusicmessengers

https://twitter.com/AMusicMessenger

 

Listen to her music at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/andrea-menard/id157962404

http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Andrea-Menard

https://andreamenard.bandcamp.com/

http://www.numubu.com/andreamenard

 


 


Lyrics

Simple Steps - My Laughing Fool

Written By: Andrea Menard

My laughing fool is everyone’s hero
He brightens up everyone’s day
My laughing fool tips his hat to the waitress
He flirts and sends a smile her way.

My laughing fool is an old story teller
His colourful tales are not lies
My laughing fool prefers made-up adventures
His real life is wrapped in disguise

My laughing fool has quite a history
He remembers hanging out with the guys
My laughing fool runs away from the memories
That bring back those painful goodbyes

My laughing fool has a heart like his people
But he thinks his heart’s hard like a stone.
My laughing fool is surrounded by strangers
They keep him from being alone

There is someone beside you, always someone beside you
Heaven knows this sad fool by name
Don’t worry fool, sorrow’s only a season
I promise your laughter will come back someday

My laughing fool is riddled with worry
He flounders without his routine
My laughing fool feels his faith has deserted
He’s the saddest fool that you’ve ever seen.

But my laughing fool is everyone’s hero
He brightens up everyone’s day
My laughing fool is coming around
He seems to be finding his way.

My laughing fool.
My laughing fool.
My laughing fool.

My Neighbourhood

Written By: Andrea Menard/Robert Walsh

My Neighbourhood
July 2005, Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, SOCAN

It’s midnight on a Tuesday in my neighbourhood
Next door, the kids are crying and their out on the lawn again
They’re all alone, their waiting for their mom and dad
No one that young should be lookin’ so sad.

Who’s gonna hold those babies?
Who’s gonna spark a light in their eyes?
Who’s gonna lead them to their glory?
Who’s gonna hold them tonight?

Late night on a bus in my neighbourhood
An old man is wakened by a scuffle across the aisle.
There’s a boy with a bottle, and a girl with a bruise.
I know the story, who am I to accuse?

Who’s gonna hold them, they’re just babies?
Who’s gonna spark a light in their eyes?
Who’s gonna lead them to their glory?
Who’s gonna hold them tonight?

Show me a way
A part I can play?
Help me shine a light - tonight.

A light is out in a corner of my neighbourhood
Broken like the lady who’s been standing there all night
The snow’s falling down, she’s shivering and no one driving around
She must have been there six hours by now

Who’s gonna hold her like a baby?
Who’s gonna see the light in her eyes?
Who’s gonna show her that she’s much more than this?
Who’s gonna hold her tonight?

Somebody hold the babies tonight.
I wish I could hold them tonight.

Call My Name

Written By: Andrea Menard/Robert Walsh

Call My Name
Written by Andrea Menard and Robert Walsh

Call my name. Did I hear you call my name?
Did I hear a tap on the window to my soul?
I know that sound. The ring of old, old times.
Who is there? Please, call my name, again.
Ooooh, is that you? Ooooh, is that you?

Call my name. I heard you call my name.
Who else knows my “open sesame”
My secret password, the key to the darkest part of me?
I know you. Please, call my name, again.
Ooooh, is that you? Ooooh, is that you?

Is that you?
Please give me eyes to see.
If that's you,
Have you always been with me?

Call my name. Did someone whisper my name?
Did I hear the sound of promises from somewhere else?
I am listening. I long to stay where I am known
But I must go. Please, call my name, again.
Ooooh, is that you? Ooooh, is that you?

Ooooh, Ooooh,

Sonny Makes Me Sunny

Written By: Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh

Sonny Makes Me Sunny
Written by Andrea Menard and Robert Walsh

Sonny makes me sunny
He makes the sky watch over me with hugs and kisses
and warm weathered caresses
He takes the blues out of grey skies

Sonny makes me sunny
When the world is overcast with fog and gloom,
and darkened moon
He lights my fire with candlelight

(bridge) I can't see the limits of my world anymore
My ceiling has been raised a million miles
I've got vision like an eagle who can see
A world of all potential. I can see.

Sonny makes me sunny
He seasons the seasons just right.

(bridge) I can't see the limits of my world anymore
My ceiling has been raised a million miles
I've got vision like an eagle who can see
A world of all potential. I can see.

Sonny makes me sunny
He is the first to see the rainbow when it’s raining.
I will be waiting.
A storm becomes a whisper then a storm again
Oh, sunny Sonny, I love you so.

Evergreen

Written By: Andrea Menard/Robert Walsh

Evergreen
by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh

The window in my parlour
Shines on my favourite chair
I sit and watch the season
Turn as white as my hair.

So many years older
A frosty pallor has touched my skin.
But I am a sapling
Inside a giant evergreen.

Evergreen. Evergreen.
Even in my winter years
I will be evergreen.

My brow has been moulded
With fear, and wonder and doubt
But I’ve softened at the edges
My laugh lines spread out

The voices of my youth
still sing, sing with the river so clear
The river and I are everlasting.
We’re both headed elsewhere
But we’ll always be here.

Evergreen. Evergreen.
Even in my winter years
I will be, I will be, I will be evergreen.

Evergreen. Evergreen.
Even in my winter years
I will be, I will be, I will be evergreen.

Discography

Lift (LP)
to be released April 2014

Sparkle (LP)
Sparkle - released to radio December 2008
Evergreen video - nominated Best Video at CAMAs

Simple Steps (LP):
My Laughing Fool – # 1 – NCI Radio, MBC Radio
100 Years – "Best Single" - Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, country music stations across Canada, U.S., Europe, Australia and others

The Velvet Devil (LP):
If I Were a Man – jazz stations across Western Canada
Sonny Makes Me Sunny – jazz stations across Western Canada

Set List

Sparkle Tour (Christmas set)
1st 45 Minute set:

Gather Round
Answer the Call
The Family Test
Brand New Holiday
Hundred Years
Evergreen
Santa Baby

2nd 45 Minute set:

Santa, I'm Broke
Yuletide You
Winter Is Here
Call My Name
The Christmas Slump
What is it About Christmas
My Winter Song
Sparkle

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The Velvet Devil Tour:
Song List:

The Velvet Devil
Sonny Makes Me Sunny
If I Were A Man
The Radio
Call My Name
Queen Of The Parade
It’s In The Bag
Looking For A Mate
Fly To You
Like Everybody Else
Look Up Boys
Ouch
Oh Mama
Halfbreed Blues
The Mother Song
Angel Wings
Pinch To Grow An Inch
Don’t Need A Devil