Singer, songwriter & actress
Rockabilly head scarf tied tight and voice booming bright, Andra Day resonates with passion, perseverance, and power amongst audiences everywhere.
Carried by enough conviction to incite cultural change, her full-length debut Cheers to the Fall [Buskin Records / Warner Bros. Records] garnered a 2016 GRAMMY(R) Award nomination in the category of "Best R&B Album," while its anthemic Platinum lead single "Rise Up" achieved a nod for "Best R&B Performance." As the album captivated listeners with its genuine sense of soul, Andra quite literally performed everywhere, taking the stage at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Ellen, Dancing with the Stars, The View, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, White House National Christmas Tree Lighting, Hallmark's Home for the Holiday's, Audience TV, the CMA Country Christmas, and the America's Got Talent--just to name a few.
While her songs resounded throughout pop culture, this talent quietly became recognized amongst some of music's most legendary names. The singer paid tribute to Ray Charles at The Smithsonian, linked with Ellie Goulding at the 58th Annual GRAMMYs(R), joined Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang at the Lincoln Center, teamed with Bonnie Raitt on ABC's Greatest Hits, paid tribute to Mavis Staples at The Kennedy Center Honors, dueted with John Legend on Spike TV's Guys Choice, sang "Mississippi Goddamn" for the What Happened, Miss Simone? Soundtrack, shared the spotlight with mentor Stevie Wonder in an Apple commercial, and sang alongside Alicia Keys at Taraji's White Hot Holidays. Her voice abounded throughout the halls of the historic 2016 Democratic National Convention as well as launch of Michelle Obama's We Will Rise documentary in partnership with Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto on "International Day of the Girl" event at The White House. Along the way, she covered Essence Magazine, released the short film I RISE presented by Coca-Cola and McDonalds, and also achieved the prestigious "Powerhouse Award" at the Billboard Women in Music event.
An empowerment anthem and inspirational call-to-arms for the ages, "Rise Up" piped through the Summer Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the 22nd Annual Critics Choice Awards as well as episodes of The Blacklist, Grey's Anatomy, Birth of A Nation, Star, The Voice, How to Get Away with Murder, American Idol, America's Got Talent, Ellen, The Today Show and many others. As they sang along, she turned crowds into believers with poignant performances at Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and Essence Fest and on her multiple headline tours across North America and Asia. Expanding its influence into different genres, the Mstr Rogers Remix of "Rise Up" would also soundtrack a Google Home campaign.
2017 kicked off with two show-stopping performances from the chanteuse, namely at the 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards and a knockout Bee Gees tribute during the 59th Annual GRAMMYs(R). Hyatt welcomed Andra as the voice of its "For A World Of Understanding" campaign where she breathed new life (and a lot of soul) into the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic, "What The World Needs Now Is Love." Moreover, she voiced Sweet Tea in the summer blockbuster Cars 3, covering Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" during a standout sequence.
Closing out 2017, Andra released the moving anthem "Stand Up For Something" [feat. Common] from the Marshall Official Soundtrack Album and film. The movie also marks Andra's on-screen debut. Andra Day and Common performed "Stand Up For Something" at the 60th Annual Academy Awards where the song was nominated for Best Original Song.
Soul courses through Andra's DNA. During her childhood in San Diego, the budding songstress split her time between singing in the church choir and diligently studying dance, theater, and music at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Galvanized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Lauryn Hill and Janis Joplin, she followed in their footsteps by developing a style that's unequivocally her own. Organically building an audience online, she attracted a YouTube following with unpredictable covers of Eminem and Muse in addition to joining Ziggy Marley and the Dap-Kings on wax. While buzz continued to stir, Warner Bros. Records offered her a deal, and she devoted 2015 to the creation of Cheers to the Fall.
Now, she stands out as a source of inspiration for millions around the globe. A reminder to keep pushing forward in the face of adversity, "Rise Up" remains apropos for any generation.
Its immortal refrain defines her spirit: "I'll rise like the day. I'll rise up. I'll rise unafraid. I'll rise up. And I'll do it a thousand times again. And I'll rise up."
She has only just begun to rise.