Biography - Andrea House · 19.01.14
Andrea House is a singer in love with melody. Dancing with the ghosts of Irving Berlin and Sarah Vaughan, Andrea’s songs aim to pay homage to a simpler time, when melodies were carefully woven, and lyrics told stories of depth and meaning. Andrea’s clear, pure vocal tone is reminiscent of the great singers of the 1940’s and 1950’s, yet she finds her own unique way to serve each song. Andrea House is a respectful singer, aware of the lineage of great lady singers who have come before her.
Encouraged by community support and the success her 2001 three song CD “Twilight”, Andrea went to release her first full-length album “Heart’s Hotel” in January 2004. Andrea’s second album, “The Same Inside” (2008), received extensive radio play across Canada and the US and helped her to secure representation in the US and a national tour. In December 2013, Andrea released a three song CD of Christmas music that is sure to become a holiday favorite.
Andrea’s earliest musical memories are of church hymns and country music. Her musical education began in the small white church of Arrowwood, Alberta, attending church in the summers with her grandmother and learning to sing by listening to the congregation make their way through the familiar chords of the hymnals. Her parent’s record collection opened the door to popular songs by such well-known country artists as Tom T. Hall, Don Williams, and Dolly Parton. An introduction to the music of Willie Nelson has lead to a life-long love affair with country-influenced renditions of jazz standards, and the work of Hoagie Carmichael.
Spending her early twenties acting in musicals, dramas, and comedic theatre productions, Andrea’s nominations for six Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, resulted in a 1999 win for Best Actress for her lead role in “Babes in Arms”. In 2010, she received another Sterling nomination, this time for “Forget Me Not”, a concert piece she co-wrote with her husband, Chris Smith for the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Over the years, Andrea has acted in several films, including “The Road to Saddle River” with Michael Hogan and Eric Allen Kramer, and has taken various roles as a voice over artist and actor in several smaller productions produced in Alberta.
In the past few years, Andrea has played shows in many Alberta venues, including performing with Russell Broom at the Jack Singer Hall, and opening for the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Winspear Centre in 2012. Andrea performed in 2012 at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, which was a great highlight of her career, sharing the stage with Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Linda Tillery, and even singing a song right before Ricky Skaggs started his set, to which he said, “I didn’t get to meet you back stage, Andrea, but what a beautiful song!!” Indeed, Andrea has played for some truly outstanding artists, knowing each experience is a privilege and opportunity for musical growth.
Garnering critical acclaim and fans from around the world, Andrea’s voice and well crafted songs continue to carry her on a journey filled with exploration and exciting opportunities. Ever the songwriter, Andrea is a musician who is simply looking for a great song to sing.
Chris Smith's Short CV · 19.11.09
After a brief academic hiatus from the national music scene, guitarist, songwriter, producer Chris Smith, returns to touring and making albums with acts Le Fuzz, Andrea House, John Henry, Terry Morrison and The Almost Leather Band. From the end of the second wave ‘80’s punk/hardcore scene in Edmonton, to touring nationally and internationally with Jr. Gone Wild, Uische Breathe, The Painting Daisies, Luann Kowalek, and The Piemyn, Chris’ career is one of exploration, both musical and geographical with a discography spanning twenty years and including over thirty albums. Chris also tours as a solo songwriter and with his own band—The Almost Leather Band and has made multiple appearances at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Mariposa, The Regina Folk Festival, The Ottawa Folk Festival, Canadian Music Week, COCA, SXSW, Seattle’s Bumpershoot Festival, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.