Andrea’s been playing music for a long time, from rock and roll bar bands to jazz quartets and big bands. She wrote some songs about 20 years ago and that attracted some great players and producers. She has since shared the stage and studio with many of them. She has independently produced three albums of original material, her songwriting is a soulful blend of southern fried blues, jazz and country rock.
Discography : “First Tracks “ 2001, “Sweet Embrace” 2006 and “Transition” 2013.
Andrea was born and raised in BC’s Kamloops/Shuswap region. She has had a few careers as a guide outfitter and farrier, a registered massage therapist and a music teacher. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2011.
She has received a total of eight Vancouver Island Music award nominations. In 2007 she won Female Songwriter of the Year. Her album “Sweet Embrace” also took home Producer (Pat Coleman) and Engineer (Rick Salt) of the Year.
In 2014 her album “Transition” received two nominations and her music video “Moonlight Shine” was nominated for Video of the Year.
In 2005 She won first place in the songwriting category at the Shuswap International Writers Festival.
With a radio campaign in the fall of 2014, her music is heard and requested on radio stations across Canada.
She studied songwriting with Mae Moore and Ron Hynes at the B.C. Festival of the Arts in 2001. She has performed with Pat Coleman, Don Thompson, Ken Lister, Miles Black, Robbie King, Smiling Jack Smith, and opened for Powder Blues, Dave Gogo, Trooper and Blue Rodeo.
Band members (past and present) include : Guitar - Glen Maxwell, Rick Salt, Jeff Gillespie, Pat Coleman. Bass - Phil Albert, Marisha Devoin, Mike Jarvis, Todd Sacerty. Drums - Phil Schinbein, Phil Whipper, Paul Nixon, Allan Cameron, Gary Langon. Keys/sax Colin Perry.
ASB toured the Island for 5 years with Paul Nixon, Rick Salt and Marisha Devoin.
ASB still plays shows with Allan Cameron, Rick Salt and various bass players.
Sometimes a trio or duo with Jeff Gillespie.
Andrea holds her own as a solo performer.