Singer/songwriter Andra Day describes her debut album as “a biography told in the form of music.” Her story and her current single, “Rise Up,” dig deep to uplift and inspire others.
From her performing arts school roots through grown-up heartbreaks and redemption, see how Andra Day surrendered to faith, honesty, and painful truths to help deliver inspiration through her music.
“The music is a vehicle for people to discover their purpose.” — Andra Day
Andra Day uses her songwriting and voice as vessels to freedom and redemption. The lyrics from her debut album, “Cheers to the Fall,” highlight lessons learned about recovering from life’s setbacks. From this vintage voice in a modern era, it’s her truth that may set you free.
As a kid growing up in San Diego, Day sang in the church choir and studied at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. By the time she was 16, she knew she wanted to sing professionally. Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Lauryn Hill, and Janis Joplin were the voices that spoke to her and her own raspy, full-bodied alto.
Day worked to build a following on YouTube with left-of-center covers of artists like Eminem and Muse, and recorded tracks with Ziggy Marley and the Dap-Kings. She was later signed by Warner Bros. Records.
Day describes her 13-song debut as “a biography told in the form of music,” with themes centered on truth, fearlessness, vulnerability, forgiveness, and love. She has blessed both live and broadcast audiences around the world with her signature rockabilly style, which has been an integral piece of her creative genetics since her teenage years.
With its universal and uplifting message, her current single and the album’s crown jewel, “Rise Up,” resonates with listeners from all walks of life.
The singer/songwriter was nominated for Best R&B Performance (“Rise Up”) and Best R&B Album (“Cheers to the Fall”) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as Outstanding New Artist for the 47th NAACP Image Awards.
With vintage flair and a voice for the ages, Andra Day is ready to take her place in the pantheon of soulful vocalists and deliver her truth to the world.