Vocalist/Guitarist/Songwriter/Recording Artist & Band Leader, Andréa Lisa
Andréa Lisa was born for the stage, she started singing as a young child, particularly influenced by the sounds of Soul and RnB in her family home. Her love of the guitar and vocals knows no bounds. This was evident during her student years when she spent many hours a day honing her skills.
Early on she explored classical music, and then in her final year of high school she discovered a love for jazz. A graduate of the New Zealand School of Music, Andréa holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz guitar and vocals. In 2011, she formed her own band and recorded her debut EP called "So Sweet”. The band completed several performance contracts around the world and played in various venues for six years straight.
Andréa hails from a town called Kinross in South Africa, an hour outside of Johannesburg. Her and her family relocated to New Zealand when she was 8 years old.
Since the age of 15 Andréa has been writing music and lyrics, some of her influence's include Kirk Whalum, John Mayer, Jojo and Emily King. Her love of song-writing and composition has taken her on a musical journey where she incorporates many different genres.
In 2016 she released ‘Studio Sessions’, a fine example of the different directions Andréa can take you with her song writing. ‘Missing Pieces’, (co-written with drummer Lenny Church) is a melodic, groovy love song with elements of Soul and RnB. Her rendition of soul is innovative with a natural soulful voice that cuts cleanly and crisply through the music, with a groove that slices directly to the heart. To complement the live DVD Andréa arranged a little spin on Sade’s hit track – The Sweetest Taboo. The other two instrumental tracks on the DVD showcase Andréa’s edgier, darker and more complex side of writing. These are just a few songs written and arranged by Andréa Lisa. There are many more that are performed at live gigs.
A multi-dimensional performer, Andréa is solidifying her status as a recording artist and songwriter. So far she has worked with artists and producers Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Ralph Johnson (Earth Wind & Fire), George Brown (Kool & the Gang), Ray Crossley (Marvin Gaye, El Debarge).
Catch her on tour with Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler in 2019! See 'Tour Dates' for more info!
In September 2019 Kirk Whlaum's new album 'Humanité' will be released. Andréa's will feature her original song 'Get Your Wings Up', stay tuned!!