Chicago-based songwriter Andrea Dawn recently released her first full-length studio album, Theories of How We Can Be Friends, on Waterloo Sunset Records. To support the record, Andrea and her band embarked on a 12-date US tour that included stops in Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, San Diego, L.A., San Francisco, and Portland, as well as several showcases at SXSW 2013 in Austin, TX.
Andrea recorded Theories over the course of a year, mostly on her own in her loft studio. The record was then mixed and mastered by Brian Zieske (The Academy Is, The Hush Sound, Soft Speaker, Apteka).
The album has received critical acclaim from both print and radio alike. The Noise Beneath the Apple called it “Powerful, passionate, and poetic…this is the beautiful work of a profoundly mature young artist, and she is one that you cannot afford to miss,” while tm3am penned that it was “Extraordinary, a triumphant and uncompromising coming out party for an uncommonly good singer and songwriter.” Top music blog Beats Per Minute added “Andrea seems less concerned with anyone’s preconceived notions and more concerned with singing until her voice cracks and the darkness seeps away into the dawn….This is anthemic stuff – the sound of an orchestral catharsis.”
The album has also been featured on many college radio stations across the country including KPSU Portland, KVRX Austin, KAMP Tuscon, WLUW Chicago, and CJLO Montreal, Canada. It was also recently ranked in the Top 100 Albums of November for KALX Berekely, CA.
HISTORY: After being classically trained in piano and voice, Andrea was inspired by the wave of female songwriters of the mid-nineties (Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, and Fiona Apple) and began writing her own songs at age 10. Since then she has recorded and played across Chicagoland and beyond, sharing the stage with such artists as Jill Barber, Joe Firstman, and Justin McRoberts. In 2008 she was voted one of Illinois Entertainer’s “Best of Around Hear,” and in 2009 she won the grand prize for Backthird Audio’s Songwriter Showcase.