Posted On 15 Feb 2016
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Retro-soul singer and songwriter ANDRA DAY is from San Diego, California, where she performed in church and enrolled at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. After she graduated from the school, she leaned toward contemporary R&B and pop, but was eventually drawn back to the classic jazz and soul vocalists she heard as a youngster.
A major break came when a performance of hers was caught by Kai Millard Morris, who subsequently took some of Day’s music to husband Stevie Wonder, who in turn connected Day with music industry veteran Adrian Gurvitz. Aligned with Gurvitz and Jeffrey Evans’ Buskin label, Day built up a YouTube following and eventually signed with Warner Bros.
After a few singles, as well as a version of “Mississippi Goddamn” contributed to Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, Day released her debut album, Cheers To The Fall (2015), for which she collaborated extensively with the likes of Gurvitz and Raphael Saadiq, among others. “Only Love” alone featured bass from Pino Palladino, drums from Questlove, scratching from DJ Jazzy Jeff, and additional support from the Dap-Kings horn section.
All Access Music writer, Nicole DeRosa had a chance to catch up with ANDRA DAY between opening for Lenny Kravitz at The Greek and fresh from her performance at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas.
LISTEN to their chat via Soundcloud below:
The singer also caught the attention of director, Spike Lee who directed her video for the song, “Forever Mine” which you can enjoy below as well:
To keep up to date with ANDRA DAY , visit her website HERE