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" CMW Day 2 Andy Stedman, Captains @ Cadillac Lounge"

The British singer/songwriter Andy Stedman began the evening with a soft set list. The clear vocals and deep lyrics caused the crowd to take notice. One of the highlights of his set was the song ‘The Butterflies’ which managed to tug at my heartstrings but even with songs like ‘Middle Of The Sea’ he was never limited to the theme of sadness to make a good song. Even with a busy schedule Andy still managed to include some of his light humour between songs which warmed up the crowd and left me with a great first impression.

Andy Stedman - Middle Of The Sea - awmusic.ca


"Indie Seen"

Indie Seen
By Carrie Humphries

Andy Stedman
Independent musicians have always been presence all over the
world. And underneath the glitz and glamor of tours by 'major–
label artists', a slew of independent talent is always creeping through the cracks and playing at our favourite clubs and bars. From the U.K, Maxwell's Music House has invited Andy Stedman
to open to for indie favourite, The Human Statues, before he moves on to Canadian Music Week next week. His current single, Middle of the Sea', has become a radio favourite and is planned to be released with the album, 'Breaking Hearts, Wreaking Havoc' this coming spring. From his primitive start in college band, The Jelly Donuts, to a solo project, Andy says he loves playing with artists all over the world. “I'm looking forward to playing with the
Human Statues at Maxwell's Music House – I've heard their stuff,
they're great.” An artist who's charming good looks, catchy guitar
riffs and, did I mention the accent?, Andy Stedman is making his
mark on this side of the indie pool.
LIVE! Andy Stedman with the Human Statues @ Maxwell's Music
House, Thursday March 5, www.andystedman.com - Echo Weekly


"Dec 08, 2008"

Stedman’s got a vulnerable, slightly reedy tenor, and writes mostly mid-tempo indie pop that’s a little hard to pigeonhole — rootsy, pubrocky, and britpoppy by turns. “The Middle of the Sea” has a great chorus it overuses just a tad … you know, like “Hey Jealously” overused its chorus (for example). And it sounds to me like a tune that could make Stedman a similar quantity of dough. - ihatethesoundofguitars.com


"5 stars for Andy Stedman"

Andy Stedman - Middle of the Sea

London based Andy Stedman released his debut single Middle Of The Sea on 11th August 2008, shame for me was that I hadn’t reviewed this one sooner, its been left out at the side of my bed for a few weeks but for one reason of another hadn’t got around to listening to it. As soon as I started to listen I realised I was in for a treat, loved the whole package, even the slight vocal lisp was endearing.

Good honest simple indie rock/pop without any over the top gimmicks. This track has already been featured on the official Clothes Show Live myspace page!! Andy Stedman sounds like a really nice guy if not a little over optimistic, he’s apparently a season ticket holder with QPR and reckons they’ll win the Champions League by 2012!!, hope his optimism pays off but somehow…

For me he has bags of talent and I cant wait to hear his debut album Causin’ Havoc, Breakin’ Hearts due for release some time in October.


http://www.thebeatsurrender.co.uk/daily/recordbox/middle-of-the-sea-andy-stedman/
- The Beat Surrender


"Introducing: Andy Stedman"

Andy Stedman was born and brought up in Farnham, Surrey where he began song writing at the age of 16.

Having left the region to attend the University of Essex to read US studies, Andy spent one year of the course at the University of California studying screen writing, where he founded his first band, ‘The Jelly Donuts’. Largely known for its witty banter and improvised skits, the band enjoyed widespread success amongst the student and youth population of the state.

Upon his return, Andy founded ‘Sequoia’, the band he led for five years. Hugely successful in Italy and Canada, highlights within the UK included playing a Shepherd’s Bush Empire, as well as supporting the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Blue Tones, Brendon Benson and I am Kloot.

In March this year, after five years in Sequoia, Andy decided pursue a solo career and capitalise on his own style of ‘power pop’, which has so far earned him a broad fan base.

Andy decided to do so without the aid of a record company, wishing to have complete control over the process. Instead, he asked fans on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook to contribute towards the making of the album in return for gifts.

For £10 or more, fans saw their name and photograph printed inside the album literature and for £50 or more, they received the same, plus a copy of the album once produced, a CD of outtakes and free entry to the exclusive preview at Soho Revue Bar. The donations made up 50% of the money needed to create and launch the new album, ‘Causin’ havoc, breakin’ hearts’.

The album is made up of 12 powerful tracks using powerful lyrics and mesmerising choruses. The lyrics have been likened to stolen ‘slices of life’, due to their ability to tap into people’s inner thoughts and feelings.

‘Causin’ havoc, breakin’ hearts’ will be previewed at an exclusive launch event on 20th November at Soho Revue Bar and available to buy on 24th November.

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/features/Introducing+Andy+Stedman-6191.html - Female First - Celebrity Gossip Magazine


"R’s Fan Andy Stedman’s New Single ‘Middle Of The Sea’"

Andy has been in touch to tell us that you can check out his new single and some of his other material at: www.myspace.com/andystedman It’s titled ‘Middle Of The Sea’ and is out on iTunes and all download Sites. The album ‘Causin’ Havoc, Breakin’ Hearts’ should be out around late October time. He was in the band ‘Sequoia’ but is now solo and performs under his own name. Andy has been described as “tracing a line through a lineage of great English songwriters – Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Elvis Costello and Paul Weller.” He says that a few R’s fans have already turned up at gigs to support him and has just returned from a ten day mini tour of Canada.

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He became a Hoops fan when his dad took him to see the R’s play Arsenal sometime in the pre-Premiership Division One and has been a massive fan ever since. Andy is a season ticket holder in MU Block and he says that his favourite players have included Macca, Bardsley, Sir Les, Wilkins, Gallen, Wegerle and now Buzsaky. One of his ambitions is to get his single played at half time and to one day do a gig at Loftus Road. Good luck Andy with the single and the forthcoming album.

Steve Russell


Michael Whelan September 15th, 2008 12:20 pm

Have to say i have been to a number of Andy’s gigs and the man is very talented. Sequoias album Ebb&Flow I really enjoyed listening to and look forward to hearing the new album from Stedders.
Good luck mate you deserve that break.
- Steve Russell -Independent R's Review


"Andy Stedman - You Keep Me Up Till 3 O’Clock"

June 11, 2009 by Chris
Filed under CD Reviews, Single Reviews


Earnest, honest and charming, Andy Stedman puts a very British spin on American country music. Atleast that’s the feeling I got; the musical backdrop could be any number of ordinary Americana, but the thing that clearly differentiates this and them, is the lyrical content. Unashamedly British, each line of this quirky love song is imbued with a charm and wit that’s rare in today’s music scene, and makes Andy genuinely likeable.

Second track (or b-side, if you will) is a delicate acoustic song, telling a tale of misguided youth. It’s a genuinely endearing song, and Andy manages to instil some very personal touches into this simple acoustic melody with his strong vocals and lyrical flourishes.

A world away from the likes of likes of James Bland Blunt, the nearest comparisons are likely Frank Turner or even Get Cape- Wear Cape- Fly. Uncomplicated, catchy and melodic, it’s music with a genuine personality. Seek it out.

http://crowdsurfer.net/2009/06/andy-stedman-you-keep-me-up-till-3-oclock/ - http://crowdsurfer.net


Discography

"Causin' Havoc, Breakin' Hearts"-Released in UK
(November 2008)
*To be released in North America Spring 2009

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Bio

Andy Stedman was born and raised in Farnham, Surrey where he began song writing at the age of 16. He was raised on a musical diet of British 60's bands, Elvis, Motown, The Jam and the Californian West Coast sound of The Eagles. Andy's other love is football, and he is a QPR season ticket holder.

Andy attended the University of Essex, reading US studies, then spent one year of the course at the University of California Santa Barbara studying screenwriting where he founded his first band, 'The Jelly Donuts'. Largely known for its witty banter and improvised skits, the band enjoyed widespread success amongst the student population of the area.

Upon his return Andy founded 'Sequoia' the band he led for five years. During their time together the band garnered fans spreading as far as Italy and Canada. Highlights for the band within the UK included receiving Radio 2 play, gigging twice at NEC Birmingham's "Clothes Show Live", a Shepherd's Bush Empire appearance as well as supporting the Fun Lovin' Criminals, The Bluetones, Brendon Benson and I Am Kloot amongst others.

In March this year, Andy decided to pursue a solo career and capitalize on his own style of 'power pop', which has so far earned him a broad fan base supporting this venture. In support of Andy's first solo release, fans on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook donated contributions towards the making of the album. Donations ranged from as little as £10 from teenagers and students, to over £200 from some of the older fans! Each fan was recompensed with their name and photograph printed inside the album (although about half of them were too shy for this!), plus a copy of the album once completed, a CD of outtakes and free entry to the exclusive album preview.

These gracious donations made up a large contribution towards the creation and launch of the new album, "Causin' Havoc, Breakin' Hearts".

The debut release is made up of 10 powerful tracks combining Andy's charming and bittersweet storytelling with classic indie/pop choruses and credibility. The lyrics have been likened to stolen 'slices of life', due to their ability to tap into people's inner thoughts and feelings.