TALENT QUEST

... AND THE WINNER IS

Andria Simone

BIOGRAPHY

This 26 year-old singer-songwriter was born and raised in Toronto, but a colorfully adventurous life to date has helped her develop both as an artist and a self-confident young woman ready to take on the world. After all, how many aspiring soul singers have studying poker in the Ukraine on their resume? More conventionally, Andria has also studied flute, piano and voice, and her love of writing was established at an early age. "I've always enjoyed writing and poetry and getting my feelings out on paper," she explains. Simone has long had a love for a wide range of musical genres, from heavy metal to dubstep, but has recently found herself a happy creative home in the world of soul and R&B. "I'd love to go back in a time machine to the '50s and '60s and dance to that live music," she declares. "I prefer the real raw sound of the voice, not the AutoTune sounds of today."

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A performer

Given the raw power, passion and precision of Simone’s voice, there’s a refreshing variety to her songs. The result is a sound that evokes memories of the golden days of soul and R&B, but that still has a relevant and modern edge. Call it Motown for the new millennium. YouTube clips of her covering songs made famous by the likes of Etta James (“I Just Wanna Make Love To You”), the Rolling Stones (“Paint It Black”) and Sam Cooke (“Bring It On Home”) have recieved very positive response. They demonstrate her skill as an interpreter, but it is the strength of her original material that will make Simone a star. She also just released her Debut EP “Good Lovin”.Much as she enjoys writing and recording, it is performance that most captures Andria's heart. "I would rather sing live than hear my songs playing somewhere," she declares. "I really do leave it all there, onstage. I perform my soul out of my body!" She is a charismatic and natural performer.