Praise Cats feat. Andrea Love
Soulful. Sensual. Powerful. Earthy.
These are just some of the words used to describe the sound of international recording artist Andrea Love. Influenced by Gospel, with Jazz and R&B overtones, and a vocal range over 5 octaves - she is undeniably a musical force to be reckoned with.
She has worked with some of music’s hottest producers and artists including George Duke, Michael Manson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chante Moore, Ledisi, Dianne Reeves, Nona Hendryx, Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Angela Winbush, Al Jarreau, Eric “E Smoove” Miller, Maurice Joshua, Oleta Adams, Frank McComb, Esperanza Spalding, M-Doc, Darius Brooks, and Terisa Griffin.
Andrea sang her first solo in church at age 7, and has studied voice throughout the years since, including a period of study in Chicago’s Sherwood Conservatory of Music. Though Gospel music had been her main source of inspiration, she explored other music genres based on an ever-growing influence from artists like Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald just to name a few. As a result, she began singing with local top Jazz and R&B bands in some of Chicago’s hottest live music night spots.
In 2001 Andrea began working with Grammy nominated remix producer “Eric “E Smoove” Miller, who, when asked about working with her says, "Andrea is a phenomenal talent and her passion for music is unmatched. I believe our musical connection was sent from heaven". Their meeting resulted in a funky Inspirational House song entitled “Shined On Me” (Praise Cats f/ Andrea Love - Subliminal Records), which has been her biggest international hit to date.
The song was well received in Europe’s Dance/House music scene. Often being at the top of most major European Dance Music charts, it gained two nominations for the 2002 Italian Dance Music Awards, including Best New Dance Artist and Song of the Year. The success of the song also allowed her to perform throughout Europe, including special television appearances on the legendary music show “Hit Machine” in France, and the annual “Festival Bar” in Italy, where she was listed on the same bill with Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch and Shakira.
Andrea is currently working on a debut solo Acid Jazz/Soul project that is set for release in 2013, while still writing and recording Dance music that is still charting across the globe.
On music and her career, Andrea says, “My love affair with music is something that's hard to put into words. There’s this high that I get when I sing, whether I'm on stage dressed up or standing barefoot in my living room. It’s a euphoric, sensual feeling that makes me invincible, and that feeling has become my addiction! I just want to continue walking in what I know I was truly meant to do before anything else - use my voice to deliver life‘s music.”
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