Courtney Marie Andrews

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Courtney Marie Andrews
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Courtney Marie Andrews in 2016
Background information
Born (1990-11-07) November 7, 1990 (age 26)
Origin Phoenix, Arizona
Genres Indie, Folk, Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2007-present
Labels River Jones Music, Mama Bird Recording Co., Loose, Fat Possum Records
Associated acts Damien Jurado, Jimmy Eat World

Courtney Marie Andrews (born November 7, 1990) is a singer-songwriter originally from Phoenix, Arizona.[1] She released her first album, Urban Myths, in 2008,[2] and she has released five albums since.[3]

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Andrews began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 13 or 14[1][2] and began performing at 15.[2] She has performed at the First Annual Winter Folk Festival,[4] the 2010 Final Folk Festival at Modified Arts,[5] and the 2011 River Jones Music & Friends Fest.[6]

In September 2009, Jim Adkins of the band Jimmy Eat World asked Andrews to sing with him on a live cover of Wilco and Feist's song "You and I".[7] In 2010, she recorded backup vocals for Jimmy Eat World[8] on five songs for their album Invented. She subsequently joined them on stage to perform during the album's release and full 2010/2011 tours.[3]

In 2011, Andrews relocated to Seattle, WA. It was there that she began playing electric guitar in long-time admirer Damien Jurado's band.

Honest Life[edit]

It was while living in Belgium for four months playing guitar and singing with Belgian star Milow that the songs for Honest Life, Andrews' sixth album, started taking shape. Written on the back of heartbreak and homesickness, Honest Life tells the story of Andrews' first true growing pains as a woman, the desire to fit somewhere when nowhere fits and the longing to return home to the people she knows and loves. The album was produced entirely by Courtney at Litho Studios in Seattle with recording engineer Floyd Reitsma and was released on August 19, 2016 in the North America by Mama Bird Recording Co. and on January 20, 2017 in the UK and Europe by Loose.

It was well received by US critics. In addition to being The Bluegrass Situation's Album of the Year,[9] Rolling Stone named Honest Life one of the Top 40 country albums of 2016 [10] as well as naming Andrews one of ten new country artists people need to know.[11] Stereogum praised Andrews' songwriting calling it "an expert marriage of gracefully confessional songwriting with country-folk arrangements that recall Joni Mitchell" while naming Honest Life the #6 best country album of 2016.[12] While naming it #38 best album of 2016,[13] American Songwriter called single "How Quickly Your Heart Mends" the #4 song of 2016 [14] and continued to praise Andrews' songwriting saying "she writes with such empathy and insight that she gives Lucinda a run for her money". Single "Rookie Dreaming" was placed on the year end Heavy Rotation list by NPR and was placed on their "Folk Alley's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2016" list.[15]

Upon its release in the UK/EU, Honest Life reached #1 on the Official UK Americana Chart and #1 on the Independent Album Breakers Chart after the first week. It received a five-star review from The Daily Telegraph [16] who called it "an absolutely perfect little gem of an album" and four-star reviews from both MOJO and Q Magazine.

On Tuesday, April 11, Courtney performed "Table For One" and "Honest Life" on Later...with Jools Holland. She was joined by B. J. Cole on both songs and Jools Holland joined the pair on "Honest Life".

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • Urban Myths (2008)
  • Painters Hands and a Seventh Sun (2009)
  • For One I Knew (2010)
  • No One's Slate is Clean (2011-2012)
  • On My Page (2013)
  • Honest Life (2016/2017)
Singles
  • Put the Fire Out (2016/2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Drew, Cline (October 2008). "Know Your Locals". Java Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b c Meyer, Mike (July 30, 2009). "Courtney Marie Andrews Gives a Glimpse into a Teen Girl’s World". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Mudgway, Sarah (January 12, 2011). "Jimmy Eat World Plus Courtney Marie Andrews Performing an Acoustic Version of Coffee and Cigarettes Live". Coup de Main Magazine. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  4. ^ Breysse, Emma (December 18, 2008). "Peace Offering: Phoenix neo-hippies play music that's outta sight". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  5. ^ Bartkowski, Becky (November 30, 2009). "Show Review: Final Folk Festival at Modified". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  6. ^ Fossum, Melissa (January 17, 2011). "River Jones & Friends Music Festival at The Paisley Violin Last Night". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  7. ^ Jansen, Steve (April 8, 2010). "By the Time I Get to Phoenix: Courtney Marie Andrews Is the Biggest Star in the Valley's Blooming Pop-Folk Scene". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ Rosen, Steven. "Jimmy Eat World: Have Little Complaints About Their New Album". Ultimate-Guitar.com. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/read/bgs-class-2016-albums.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/country/lists/40-best-country-albums-of-2016-w452950/courtney-marie-andrews-honest-life-w453939.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/country/lists/10-new-country-artists-you-need-to-know-november-2016-w448819/courtney-marie-andrews-w448830.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ http://www.stereogum.com/1916713/the-20-best-country-albums-of-2016/franchises/2016-in-review/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ https://americansongwriter.com/2016/12/top-50-albums-2016/2/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ https://americansongwriter.com/2016/12/top-50-songs-2016-presented-bose/5/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ http://www.npr.org/2016/12/19/505270066/folk-alleys-10-favorite-albums-of-2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/courtney-marie-andrews-honest-life-review/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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