New Leaf

It has been such a long time since I have posted here.

Although I have not been updating my site as much as I could, including my other social media sites (Facebook, Twitter etc.), I can assure you I have been actively working on creating new music, new projects. New ideas, new passions, new life. I am reminded through spring that there is no better than now.

Last night I had an amazing night. I was surrounded by the people I love, friends and family. I also met some lovely new people, which I am very grateful for connecting with. I love connecting with people more than anything in this world. Thanks to Shoe Tree Folk, I had the opportunity to play an acoustic folk show alongside two local artist from Georgetown, ON.

Last night was the first show that I have played in a long time where I felt a great sense of community. A community where artists show up early to listen to other artists on the bill. A community where the crowd is surrounded by friends, family, fans, lovers, artists, and dreamers. My experience as a independent acoustic singer-songwriter playing live in all sorts of venues has been everything but a predictable journey. Sometimes I show up to play and there is a packed room full of people, whom I have never met in a venue I have never been to before. Sometimes I open for other bands or artists and sometimes I am the closing act. I never know what I am getting myself into as far as venue, sound, performing space, so I always like to be well prepared for anything. My performance last night was located on the second floor of The Shepherds Crook, a local pub that supports many folk artists and performers.

After making my way up to the second floor I was immediately greeted by folks from Shoe Tree Folk. Often times I enter a venue and as an artist playing for the evening, it is hard to find the people who are organizing the show, such as promoters or the sound (wo)man. Sometimes I am just another artist pouring their heart out on stage in a space where I can’t hear myself, where I can’t play as best as I know that I can, where other supporting artists at the show leave right after their set without connecting or mingling with fellow artists on their bill. Sometimes there is art respect, and often there isn’t. Last night was refreshing, and today I feel inspired.

Last night I felt the connection that has been missing from my performing life. I felt the heart, the soul. I was moved by the stories that other artists were telling about their original songs. It was particularly moving for myself, as it reminded me of why I write music. I could feel the peace, serenity, and healing manifesting as each artist performed their music. Space is everything for performers, whether you are a singer, dancer, teacher, or poet. The space last night was perfect for vulnerable artists with big hearts.

Music and performing has always been a part of my life, inherently a part of my soul. I am grateful for everything that comes to me, whether it be constructive or destructive. Nothing can be predicted, but everything is in the right place.

As for me, I continue to write and play everyday. Although my online social networks may seem inactive at times (there is a hell of a lot of pressure to keep posting) I can assure you my actual life is rich with activity and creativity. I am working on new musical projects, personal poetry and other writing projects.

Again, a special thanks to Doug, Danen, and Matt for the great sound, organization, and vibe for the event. A big thanks to the local supporting acts, Matteo DeStefano and Kevin Misner.

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Hawaii Update: Collette Andrea Live

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Hello friends!

I had the amazing experience of visiting the big island of Hawaii for the past 3 months. I had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with really special people from all over the world. One of my favorite things about this experience was playing music everyday! I had the pleasure and honor of sharing my music with new listeners, but most importantly friends! Check out a couple videos from my last evening on the island, which features an intimate show in a beautiful setting.

New Song-“Where Heaven Meets The Earth” by Collette Andrea

“The Water” by Collette Andrea

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COLLETTE ANDREA LIVE INTERVIEW- CHRY 105.5 FM

I am very happy to share with you some great news.

I have waited most of my life to have my music featured on the radio, and that time has finally come! This week I charted #12 on CHRY 105.5 FM Top 30! For those of you who don’t know, I am relocated to Hawaii until future notice, and although I missed it being aired on live radio, you can check out the live interview feature me and my music here!

Click this link to check out the charts!

http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/chry.cfm

I can’t thank everyone enough for all of your support, my music life is changing in so many ways!

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NEW STEADY SUN EP OFFICIAL RELEASE

I am very happy to share with you today my new music and new EP Steady Sun!

I want to send out a special thank you to folks over at Hannah•Kin Studio for their patience and hard work on this EP. I would also like to thank my close friends, fans, and family for their support and confidence in me to continue to write and play music. It is very easy to get discouraged in this industry, but when it comes down to it the only thing that really matters to me is the joy and privilege to be able to play music and share it with the world. 

What can you expect from Steady Sun? 

TAKE A LISTEN AND SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC!

http://collette-andrea.bandcamp.com/album/steady-sun-ep

NEW SINGLE “A SONG ABOUT SPRING” Released July 2, 2014

I am happy to share with you my brand new music and video! My new single titled “A Song About Spring” will be featured on my new EP “Steady Sun” which is set for release on Saturday July 5, 2014.

I had so much fun filming this video with my boys over at HannahKin Studio. A Song About Spring is about the feeling of hopelessness after a very long winter!

I can’t wait to share with you my new EP this Saturday! 

LISTEN, WATCH, ENJOY and most importantly, SHARE!

Click here to watch “A Song About Spring”

Collette Andrea

Originally posted on The place to discover new music.:

Genre: Folk
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As a writer for an independent music blog, I spend a good portion of my time scouring online avenues for new artists. Usually it’s a process of sifting through a sea of mediocre covers and “original songs” to occasionally find someone truly special – a musician whose talent deserves more than a three-minute video clip on YouTube.  When I came across the SoundCloud page for Brampton, Ontario native Collette Andrea, I was simply blown away.

With influences such as Etta James, Cat Power and Neil Young, it’s easy to see why Collette Andrea’s latest EP Luna is so rich. Her lyrics are smart and honest, without the slightest bit of pretense. Her guitar is well played, and from the sound of it, well loved too.  Then, of course, there is her powerful voice. Her vocals are soft, gentle and controlled, but with songs like “In the morning” and…

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New EP “Steady Sun” Final Stages

To all of my lovely fans and friends!

As myself and folks over at HannahKin Studio work on the final stages of my new EP “Steady Sun”, we can’t help but be very excited for it’s release! Over the past couple of months, we have been busy in the studio recording brand new songs, along with a couple oldies which have been recorded with new inspiration and sounds. Please stay tuned, and in the meantime, check out a couple great studio shots!

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Collette tracking bass

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Kyle, Jordan, and Ben from HannahKin Studio setting up for some special recordings at St Alban’s Church in Glen Williams 

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Burlington’s Independent Music Fest (IMF 2014)

My lovely people!

I am happy to announce that I will be playing this year for Burlington’s Independent Music Fest! I feel very fortunate and lucky to be apart of an awesome music festival which truly stands for supporting local artists.

I will be taking the stage at B Town Studio (919 Fraser Drive, Burlington) Saturday April 26 at 8:50PM.

There is no cover, however donations can be made at the door with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Canada. 

In support of local independent music, I hope to see some of you there!

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Spotlight: COLLETTE ANDREA

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Hello folks!

I has been nice to receive some good support from fellow students from Ryerson University. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Edith Nataprawira to discuss all about me and my music. 

For some one you who don’t know, I am finishing up my last year at Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Social Work, and it’s about time i’ve received support of my Ryerson community after being there for four years!

Take the time to check out the article here