Grammy Nominee Ingrid Andress Brings ‘Lady Like’ Strength to Country Music

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Ingrid Andréss learn to appreciate the fruit of delayed gratification.

The country singer’s debut, “Lady Like,” appeared in late March 2020 – just as the world stopped. The album earned Andress three Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist, and revealed a clear and strong artistic voice, able to easily blend modern meditations and timeless style.

The whole world heard Andress’s good vibes emanating from the speakers and between the headphones, but missed her physical presence. With tours inhibited by the pandemic, his only opportunities to share these eight songs came at a safe distance.

Now Andress travels the country – and bounces between concert experiences. She warms up the arenas for platinum duo Dan + Shay, then occupies locations where her name sits atop the marquee. His headlining trek will take him to Columbia and The Blue Note later this month.

“I’ve only been singing in front of a Zoom camera for a year and a half. Then going out and singing those same songs for real human beings brought it all back to life,” Andress said.

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At these shows, Andress takes advantage of a phenomenon that some artists have waited a lifetime for, a phenomenon that she endured an additional 18 months to get to know it for herself – hearing crowds singing her the songs of “Lady Like”.

“It definitely went from 0 to 100 very quickly,” she said.

The opening of the album “Bad Advice” presents a wonderful microcosm of Andress’s talents. Puffy strings and lively tiptoe beats that befitting pop and country records from half a century ago present Andress’s story of stepping into a Trader Joe’s and heading to the Department of wines.

“I have a bottle of Merlot / Because my friend told me if I drank it all / Then I wouldn’t think of you / And after glass two, well, I would be brand new”, admits- she in a song-speech which marries bravado with vulnerability.

Whatever division listeners might perceive between relevance and creating lasting songs, irreverence and sincerity, immediately disappears.

Andress discovered her artistic voice at a time and place she least expected – making a living writing for other artists; her credits include songs recorded by Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha and Dove Cameron. Speaking on behalf of someone else allowed Andress to see who she was doing and didn’t want to be as an artist, she said.

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At first she feared her assertiveness streak would hinder a solo career – “At first I didn’t think I was an artist because I had so many opinions,” she said. declared. Other artists have testified to the freedom they enjoyed, assuring Andress of her way.

The more she wrote, the more she knew which songs were hers and on her own.

“I did the songs that I really liked and no one was recording – it was because they were so specific to me,” Andress said.

Someone needed to record these songs, she added, and it might as well be her. Indeed, “Lady Like” is marked by musical moments that cannot be imagined in someone else’s voice.

“You and Me” finds Andress twisting most of the syllables in the title phrase over banjo currents and a warm cello chime. A piano ballad marked by its forward movement, “More Hearts Than Mine” is marked by the little details experienced to bring a new love home to meet your family and roam your old playgrounds.

“If we go our separate ways, we’ll be fine / But you’ll break more hearts than mine,” Andress sings, landing a tender punch.

The title track and album more closely challenge country music and broader social conventions with its well-drawn portrayal of an expression of femininity:

“I could bring you to your knees and / have you kicked out of the Garden of Eden / Indomitable, inframe, Mona Lisa.”

Having lived with these songs through several stop and start cycles, Andress is grateful and proud of how these feelings connect.

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“I’m happy that the story I was trying to tell was so relevant to other people,” she said. “That’s the only reason I like to write anyway – it’s almost to validate that I’m not the only one feeling the things that I feel.”

The candor of these songs, especially that of a female voice, has been missing from country for too long, Andress said. Looking at the good work she and other women are doing, she expressed the hope that this moment is not just a phase or a chance for the industry to congratulate itself. Andress is interested in a longer game and lasting change.

“We can only last so long without everyone’s perspective being amplified. That’s what music has done for every generation – it’s the voice of a generation,” she said. “The longer we hold on and decide we’re not ready for this – well, it will eventually happen.”

Andress plays The Blue Note at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 15; Georgia Webster shares the bill. Tickets cost $ 20. Visit https://thebluenote.com/ for more details.

Aarik Danielsen is the News and Culture Editor for the Tribune. Contact him at [email protected] or by calling 573-815-1731.


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