About Andrea Hamilton
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Andrea Hamilton's life has been one sweet melodic event. A born songwriter and pianist-by-ear, her musical dreams have blossomed into remarkable realities, carrying her far beyond the Kansas City base where she won her first award (Gospel Music Association's "New Top 20" Songwriters). Her heart and convictions come to light on stage and in the studio, and her tasteful blend of folk and pop is a fresh bouquet of hope for all who hear.
At the ripe old age of 18, Hamilton packed up and moved to Los Angeles to study Commercial Music at Azusa Pacific University. In February of 2006, she completed her first solo album, a bold knock on the door of the industry. Stronger Than I Seem, produced by Andrea and Don Chaffer of Waterdeep, gained quick attention, and Andrea soon joined Tyrone Wells at the renowned El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles to promote the tunes. She then traveled to Singapore and played in some of the largest venues and festivals around, including the world-famous Esplanade Art's Center, which has featured John Mayer and Harry Connick Jr. Upon her return to the states she completed her first of three self-booked tours spanning the West Coast from Southern California to Seattle, Washington and shared the stage with Justice Tour's headlining artist, Sara Goves. From international tours to co-writing with major songwriters like Kevin Fisher, writer for Rascal Flatts, the first year of her solo career was a big start, and the birth of a grassroots fan base that continues to spread.
In 2007, she gained media attention with her first TV appearance, performing live on the Santa Barbara television series, "Musical CafÃ©," weeks before her graduation from APU. She was then a featured artist at the Youth Artists Grant of Sonora California, sharing the stage with Todd Schroeder (Musical director for Rita Coolidge) and Sam Harris (Star Search winner and actor on CBS's "The Class"). This was not her first endeavor with non-profits, and she continues to volunteer her talents in many philanthropic endeavors across the states, including Hope for Homeless Youth and The AIDS Center.
Andrea spread her wings even more in 2008. She performed live on Time Warner and Dish Network TV Orange County, embarked on her second tour in Asia, and opened for jazz classic Kurt Elling, Broken Social Scene, Trey Lockerbie, and more. Then, on her second tour of the West Coast, she was the featured Indie Artist on Park City TV, in Park City, Utah. Just recently, she completed her third self-booked tour of the West Coast with artist Valeri Lopez, opening for Future of Forestry and Casey Hurt. In addition to touring and traveling, she is composed the original score and soundtrack for "Pearl in the Making," a documentary on adolescence angst by producer Sue Hall.
Last, but certainly not least, this summer Andrea's second full-length album, Deciding What to Keep, was released internationally. Recorded at the posh Firehouse Studios in Pasadena, California, the album features songs co-written with Kevin Fisher (Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Uncle Cracker), Alan Waddington (producer and editor for Gwen Stafani), Troy Welstad (keyboardist for Hillary Duff), and others. Deciding What to Keep reveals even more spunk and bravery from this maturing artist as her soul-moving songs and honest stories offer truth and hope with which any beating heart can relate. Influenced by the down-home storytelling of Patty Griffin and the honest reflections of U2, this playful sophomore album is the sugar for lemonade on a day full of lemons. It's currently available at CDBaby, Amazon, and on iTunes.