With a new recording Harvest Gold set for imminent release in 2020, Andrea Black’s performance tour of the album around the UK and beyond, will continue as soon as the world opens up again.
Mentored by the late Blues legend John Lee Hooker and Benny Gallagher of Gallagher & Lyle, Gennaro Castaldo of the BPI‘ feels…’ Andrea’s music is timeless and honest with a beautiful and highly intimate quality, that’s not easily forgotten.’
Andrea was born in Sherwood, Nottingham, and was the first ‘Jazzy’ artist to be signed by GWR records, (Motorhead & Hawkwind). Her original fan base was in Japan, where JVC/Victor released her first album Andrea Black. ..(Laid Back In London). Subsequent releases came through Columbia/Sony Japan and EMI/Toshiba/Virgin Published her songs, which launched the Mazda MX5 sports car. Her albums have been released worldwide.
Her second highly acclaimed album also by ‘Q’ magazine and ‘Mojo’, Jumping From The Wall was also released by Columbia/Sony Japan. In 2000 Andrea signed a record deal in California, taking her then baby daughter to San Francisco, where she lived at the home and friend of John Lee Hooker for much of that year. They were about to record an album together, through Trojan’s Indigo Label when John sadly passed away.
Collaborations have included the albums When Hot Dogs Fly, Lizard Talk with electro synth musician Robert Logan (Mortcheeba & Grace Jones) and Ether & Realm known as, The Black Loganberries, and Perfume Girl with Mike Bell. Andrea’s music has always been distinct and original, writing songs with great melodies, and crossing genres in a jazzy kind of way. Her piano and flamenco inspired guitar style complement her dynamic yet intimate voice and the new album Harvest Gold, produced by Paul Hirsh, truly defines her artistry.
Her career to date has been punctuated like many fine artists with highs, and plateau’s from the recent performances as a trio at The Bull’s Head at Barnes, to major International Festivals, in Germany, Romania, Greece and the USA. Her largest audience to date was 300,000 at The Sound of Frankfurt Festival. Andrea has also played Glastonbury, The Purcell Rooms, and Jazz Café.
Andrea was invited at the end of 2019 to Luxembourg to make another album with Mike Bell, which will be mastered in Belgium in the very near future.
‘Whenever I get an opportunity to hear Andrea's new music, I am always taken by her wonderful use of melodic detail and her ability to vocally weave in and out as you hope your favourite artists will do. Hail Andrea! Gary Katz.
“Andrea is Very open and driven to do wonderful things with music for our world at large. All respect to her as a UK Woman in Music! Narada Michael Walden.
Live: Andrea Black, vox/guitar/piano, Paul Hirsh, Bass and Mike Connolly, drums.
Andrea Black - Harvest Gold
Andrea Black and The Loganberries
Solo with local ensemble