We’ve been playlisting The Golden Hour by Andréa Lisa recently here at Phoenix FM – but who is Andréa? We caught up with her to find out …
Tell us a little bit about your yourself?
I was born in South Africa, but immigrated to New Zealand from a young age so New Zealand is home. I moved over to Los Angeles at the end of 2018 and have been predominantly playing guitars and singing with saxophonist Kirk Whalum for the last 4 years. I’m a passionate soul who is crazy about creating music.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
I’ve always loved singing, I picked up the guitar later in life around age 14. I began with studying classical guitar and then went on to do a bachelors degree in jazz performance. Majoring in guitar and minor studies in vocals. I started song writing around age 16 and it felt very natural for me. I still feel like it’s the most natural and most magical part of everything that I do.
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
My parents had a wide range of music they listened to, so it was everything from 70’s soul and RnB to 80’s Pop and Rock from my Dads side, and the different types of contemporary jazz my Mother enjoyed like Joe Sample and Michael Franks. And my siblings introduced me to artists like Jamiroquai and all the RnB pop soul divas. I think there’s a little bit of everything in what I do.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
Soulful and Classic, kind of like if Alicia Keys played the guitar, and took solos in her songs like John Mayer.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
- 2012 – I released an EP called ‘So Sweet’
- 2019 – a single – ‘Meet Me Again’
- 2019 – ‘Get Your Wings Up’ that was the feature single on Kirk Whalum’s record ‘Humanité’
- 2023 – ‘Vortex’ (guitar instrumental single)
- 2023 – ‘Golden Hour’ (new single!!!)
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
Emily King, I would say she does influence my songwriting.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
What are your plans for the future?
To keep releasing as many singles as I can, and in 2024 release the album. To do a lot more performing of my original music in Los Angeles and other states aside from what I do with Kirk Whalum. I have plans to travel to New Zealand and Australia for a tour to perform for all my fans who have been supporting me since I started.
And In 2024 I plan to take my music to some countries I haven’t performed in too.
Where can we find out more about you?
The best place is to check out https://linktr.ee/andrealisa which has links to my mailing list and social media.