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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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"Rock Paper Sistahz 3: After All"

........There are plenty of rewards in the show's periferies, however. The music, provided by guitarist Kobena Aquaa-Harrison and Andrea Henry (a former popstars winner), is beautiful and blue.......... - Eye weekly


"Family Fueds"

....the central pair finely supported by an angelic figure played by Andrea Henry- her singing is indeed heavenly....... - NOW


"Talent, beauty and versatility"

Talent, beauty and versatility

Former Popstar Andrea Henry talks to AfroToronto.com

By Jane Pascale
Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2005


We’ve all seen her before, though some may not recall exactly where.

We’ve all heard her vocal talent on national television and in performances with the likes of Destiny’s Child.

Over the past 5 years, she has performed across Canada and throughout the U.K. She has also been heard on radio stations across the country. We all remember first seeing her back in 2001. The name of the show was Pop Stars, and the resulting group was Sugar Jones, featuring one of the GTA’s most talented vocalists: Andrea Henry.


At the time, Andrea was in Hamilton, working at a day camp, and performing locally on occasion. Knowing her love of music, the campers encouraged her to tryout for a show called Pop Stars. So she did, although reluctantly at first. Four years later, after Sugar Jones’ successful album earned them a Radio Music Award, and 2 Juno nominations, Andrea is still going strong, with no intentions of slowing down any time soon. Her momentum has brought her right back to the studio, in preparation for her inevitable solo album, with her new band Crystal Soul.




Toronto artist Andrea Henry

“I chose the name Crystal Soul, because music is a reflection of my inner most thoughts and feelings. The name is a representation of myself,” she says.


Indeed, a fitting name for her eclectic mix of Funk, Soul, and R&B supported by guitar, keyboard, drums, and bass.

Andrea says her musical tastes are quite varied. Her influences include old school divas such as Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle as well as new school icons such as Aaliyah, Lenny Kravitz, and the uber-talented Mary J. Blige.


Andrea Henry already has many years of performance experience under her belt. While many of us as children spent our time in front of the TV watching cartoons, Andrea was getting ready for the entertainment industry.

She spent much of her free time performing in a number of dance groups, including the Dominican Creole Dancers, Kaleidoscope (now the Universoul Dancers), and later, singing backup for a band called Jah Groove.


In addition to her musical talents, Andrea is also a gifted visual artist. With years of experience with oil paints and pastels, she delights in creating personalized pieces that are as unique as the individuals she creates them for.


“I love sitting down with my clients, to get to know them, to know what they like, what their style is,” she says. “Then I work on their piece based on their ideas. It’s more personal that way.”


Her artwork has been featured at many of her performances, as well as galleries such as the Ground Up Gallery in Hamilton, and continues to be displayed on her website.


Despite being known mostly for her artistic endeavors, Andrea Henry also has a background in modeling, having participated in a number of pageants in Toronto, including the Miss Dominica Pageant, and the Miss Black Ontario Pageant.

She also demonstrated her acting abilities last year, when she was invited by a playwright friend to audition for a play called “After All” by Carol Anderson, featured at the Rock, Paper, Sistahz Festival at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Backspace. She not only landed one of the lead roles, but impressed the producers so much with her creative talents, that they used one of her artistic pieces for the main backdrop. In 2005, she again returned to perform at the festival, this time in a lead role in the reading of the Hip Hop drama “Only You”.


Another of Andrea’s many interests include participating in community activities and motivational speaking events geared towards supporting and empowering youth. She has spoken at many schools in Hamilton and Toronto, and regularly participates in activities with the JYD Project, such as fundraising events for the “Feed the Children” program, that provides breakfast in schools for students in low-income neighborhoods. For her many community efforts, she was awarded the Youth Scholarship Award for community service in 1997.


With such a vast range of skills, and a long list of accomplishments, it is refreshing to see her as devoted as she is to remaining a positive role model. In an era where many beautiful artists become swayed by negative influences, Andrea Henry has committed herself to doing things her way, without compromise. And with her talent and persistence as the forces that continue to drive her, her first solo effort will undoubtedly be a success, and an album to look forward to.


To get a glimpse of Crystal Soul and Andrea Henry’s amazing vocal talents, come out to the Trane Studios this Friday November 11th, and Friday November 18th, at 9 pm. The host of this soulful event will be the multi-talented entertainer Subliminal, while DJ Black Lotus will be setting the mood for the evening.


For more information on Andrea Henry, please visit www.andreahenrymusic.com



Jane Pascale is an AfroToronto.com columnist .
- Afro-Toronto.com


"cover RnB&Soul Songstress Andrea Henry"

..Andrea Henry Canadian-born Dominican starlet captures your soul with cool RnB flavour..........

Ready for the world to see her do her thang!........This Canadian-born beauty of Dominican heritage brings to the table a mix of sweet vocals with lyrics that convey pure food for the mind, body and soul....
Look out for Ms. Henry's debut album, it is gurantee to be hot! - Caribbean Living .Trinmag. Inc


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Track on the college airwaves
collaboration "Simple Things" Subliminal Featuring Andrea Henry. Subliminal Mix CD Vol.1

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Andrea Henry

She is sweet, stunning, and talented. Andrea Henry singer/songwriter brings to the table smooth vocals and down to earth soul, nestled in a bed of cool urban grooves.

Her graceful presence and silky tone first captivated audiences as one-fifth of the platinum selling group Sugar Jones. The group is best known for the #1 hit "Days Like that" which remained on the charts for 6 weeks. The group toured Canada and the UK and with Destiny's child on the MTV TRL tour.

After the band, Andrea continued on,with her background in performance and visual arts.

Andrea hails from Hamilton, Ont, Canada. " I had music around me all the time, my dad would play the old soul records, and the Caribbean music in the basement." She is inspired by the sounds of music from her Caribbean background and her influences range from Mary J. Blige, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Bob Marley to many classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin.

Today, Ms. Henry has been gearing up for the release of a new style, art, music, and focusing on her solo identity separate from the Juno nominated group. Over the years she has performed at a variety of events such as NXNE, Toronto Independent Music Awards, Nuit Blanche, in Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Andrea performed with a jazz/Soul band for a couple years and has worked with artists like her friend the late Haydain Neale of Jacksoul, Michie Mee, Dwayne Morgan, aka Subliminal and many others. She has opened up for acts like the Satellites, the late Jeff Healey, and Tom Cochrane.

 Having spent years working in the visual arts, one of her accomplishments includes receiving an Athena Award in the Arts category from the Status of Women. Andrea has been sought out for larger projects, such as Set Designer for the play "Keen" presented for the Summer Works at the Factory Theatre a few years ago. She has worked with the theatre company BCurrent for the Rock, Paper, Sistahz Festival as an actress, artist and singer. In her first appearance in the festival, Andrea was a lead in the play “After All” at Theatre Passe Muraille. “…the central pair finely supported by an angelic figure played by Andrea Henry-her singing is indeed heavenly".-NOW Magazine.

It is her classy beauty and down to earth nature that makes her so approachable, she always takes time to give back to the community. She has worked with many community organizations using her art to inspire positive change.

What this cool diva brings to the table is honest, pure vocals and a graceful charisma that leaves audiences waiting for more. Her brand of "fresh groove" is a fitting name for the eclectic mix of jazzy soul and R&B edge.

Emerging from a hiatus, his classy songstress is currently working on new material,  Audiences will not be disappointed when the Lady of groove returns to the world stage.



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