Crow Bar and Variety, Collingwood
Born in Toronto to Italian immigrants hence the cover of the Italian love song Caruso on “NUDA”. Andrea began her artistic life as a dancer and actress, but picked up the guitar in 2003 when her mom was going through breast cancer treatment to heal myself and do something productive. The rudimentary country-folk tracks ended up on her 2008 debut, Thank You For The Ride. She followed it up in 2011 with the Tim Thorney-produced The Shadows and the Cracks, which earned her a nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
She then formed Scarlett Jane with Cindy Doire and spent five years extensively touring behind two albums, 2012s Stranger and 2015s eponymous offering, earning accolades from press and fellow musicians across the country and two more CFMA nominations.
Ive definitely matured and acquired this confidence in my writing and in my voice as an artist, she says. Sharing the stage with Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith and Adam Cohen, and doing a couple of shows with Lee Harvey Osmond and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, showed me that living in a van for three-and-a half-years in the early days of my solo career, honing my craft, paid off.
Now I feel like this language of music is a part of my vocabulary as a human being and that filtering life through song is just second nature. After almost a decade of touring and recording, I know now that music is not only a job, but a necessary part of my existence.