You’ll know everything you need to know about Missy Andersen shortly after she hits the stage in her “cute shoes.” Yes, she really has a voice -- powerful, passionate and satiny at the same time -- and she’s fun, with a coy, sexy-girl-next-door way about her, and a sly sense of humor. Audiences love Missy, because she brings personality and passion to her performances ... and that voice.
Andersen’s appeal isn’t due to disappearing outfits or a bad-girl reputation. Missy doesn’t need to blast you or flash you, or cram twenty inflections into a single note to impress you. She and her band generate addictive rhythms, and understand how musical “space” defines the contours of tasty music. She is interested in touching and moving you with the music, maybe flirting with your soul. Whatever part of your body keeps the beat will be tapping and bobbing, guaranteed. Audiences simply want more of Missy Andersen.
Missy likens her musical approach to Soul dipped in Blues. While you wrap your head around that description, consider the early influence of her parent’s extensive record collection of soul, R&B, blues, jazz and gospel. Her mother fanned Missy’s interest in singing early by entering her in a children’s talent contest and practicing with her after school. Missy started singing and performing at six, and particularly loved listening to songs that told stories like those by Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, The Staples Singers and Teddy Pendergrass.
Missy is a San Diego artist now, but she was born in Detroit, and lived in Queens, NY during her school years. Along the way she discovered the music of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Holiday, which led her in turn to O.V. Wright, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, James Carr, Ray Charles, Ann Peebles, and Irma Thomas. Like most successful singers, Missy started out by mimicking the artists she loved. After working her craft, and accumulating invaluable professional experience, Missy’s own fine voice emerged -- which, after hearing once, you will recognize forever more.