Four Chords and the Truth: Andrea launches new songwriter series at the Dakota Tavern

Four Chords and the Truth: Where Songwriters Sing and Tell is a series of songwriter showcases to be held quarterly in Toronto at the Dakota Tavern, featuring a blend of top notch songwriters and songs in an intimate environment. Each show is hosted by award-winning songwriter Andrea England and will feature 3 three nationally and/or internationally acclaimed songwriters (and maybe a surprise guest or two). The songs are performed “in the round,” a style made famous by Nashville’s Bluebird Café, in which all four songwriters share the stage at once, each introducing and performing one song acoustically per round for a series of 3 rounds.

The first show in these “Dakota Confessions” features Liz Rodrigues, Colin MacDonald, and Paul Reddick. For more information on these songwriters and the show, click on the poster image!4 chords & the truth poster

Twin Kennedy releases “It’s A Love Thing” with two Andrea England cowrites

West Coast dynamic duo Twin Kennedy released their new album “It’s a Love Thing” today, cracking the Canadian iTunes top 100 right out of the gate. The album, produced by George Canyon and Graham Sharkey, contains two tracks cowritten by Andrea: the energetic album opener,”Get Back Up Again,” a collaboration between Carli & Julie Kennedy, Andrea and David Leask, and the album’s emotional closing track, “I Never Will,” written by the twins and Andrea.

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Hope & Other Sins – #1 on FolkRoots chart!

After spending a number of years writing songs for pop stars and indie country, pop & blues artists, Andrea England is riding the wave of her critically acclaimed CD produced by award winning producer/ guitarist Colin Linden (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Bruce Coburn, Emmylou Harris) and featuring such special guest musicians as Bruce Brody (Lone Justice, Rickie Lee Jones), Dan Dugmore (James Taylor), Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Miranda Lambert) and Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves).

“Hope & Other Sins,” has topped the GalaxyFolk Roots chart late and was the fifth most played album on their year-end chart. With roots radio support across Canada and critical acclaim from US and Canadian press, England is set to release her first US single, “Laundry” to radio in June 2014.

Here’s what folks are saying:

“Andrea continues to prove her talent with words is no flash in the pan. The stories are decorated in wonderful images and turn of phrase. Many songwriters sing and write fairly good melodies but to catch that ear with a clever line in a lyric over and over is talent of a rare kind. Joni Mitchell has it, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Lucinda Williams and several others – who are famous. Despite still flying below their radar, Andrea deserves the special attention for her detailed, concise writing ability and fine voice. She is economical in her approach but the recipe is flavorful, consistent and memorable.” – John Apice, No Depression

“…This makes the world a better place. If there’s a Juno for unaffected innocence it should go to this second release by Sand Point, Nova Scotian born singer/songwriter, coming off a seven year hiatus since the 2005 debut release of her debut, Lemonade. Hope & Other Sins 10 neatly crafted country leaning-songs are tunefully melodic and believable in their straightforward narratives. The now-Toronto based artist has the enviable quality of sounding exactly like the characters she’s created…” – Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star

For more info, visit www.andreaengland.com!

Roveena records “Love will Light the Way”

Toronto-based Roveena has recorded “Love Will Light the Way,” written by Andrea England, Liz Rodrigues, and Luke McMaster for her debut recording, Perfect World, and the reviews are in:

“The debut EP of Sri Lankan born Roveena is intoxicating, dramatic and emotionally provocative” (Ponoka News).

“This sets it apart from the majority of pop music churned out by record companies these days” (Yorkton This Week).

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Roveena

Picture of You

I wrote this lyric shortly after visiting Ground Zero for the first time, and seeing the impact that the Memorial had on those visiting it that day, five years after the fact. For them, time stood still. Now, almost ten years later, I’m sure the impact is the same.

This song is in recognition that a pain so profound never really completely goes away:  it stays with us forever. Thankfully, in the end, so does love.

Please note that there are several songs on this player. Make sure to find “Picture of You.”


ComScore

If you’re on iPhone or iPad, you can listen here:
PICTURE OF YOU by ANDREA ENGLAND by Lemonade Factory Music

I walked all over Chelsea
Trying to get you off my mind
Caught the A train going the wrong way
To the new end of the line
There used to be a station underneath that avenue
But now there’s just a picture of you

The wallpaper is peeling
And the beams are falling down
Signs say these are remnants
Of a Godforsaken town
And an acid rain is falling from a sky no longer blue
Falling on these pictures of you

Candles glowing, sirens blowing silence in the air
Not for nothing, winter’s coming earlier this year

This coffee shop is empty
And the street is bare as bones
Not a rat is stirring
Or straying far from home
And I say you’re on vacation but they all know the truth
Letting go is not easy to do

With Candles glowing, sirens blowing silence in the air
Not for nothing, winter’s coming earlier this year
Candles glowing, sirens blowing violence in the air
Not for nothing, winter’s coming earlier each year

I still walk all over Chelsea
Trying to get you off my mind
I take the A train going the wrong way
To the new end of the line

There used to be a station underneath that avenue
But now there’s just a picture of you
Now there’s just a picture of you
Now there is a picture of you.

Lyric by Andrea England, Music by Andrea England & Dave Milliken
Produced by Colin Linden
From  upcoming Album, Hope & Other Sins (2012)

Copyright 2011, Lemonade Factory Music

Andrea England – Hope & Other Sins

Andrea’s own upcoming album, Hope & Other Sins will be released in Spring 2012. Produced in Nashville and Toronto by Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, The Band), the album features an eclectic cast of songs, stories, musicians and special guests you won’t soon forget. More news to come on this shortly!

Nicole Scherzinger record’s “Casualty”!

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(Interscope)

Featuring the song “Casualty,” co-written by Andrea England, Liz Rodrigues and Bret Ryan and produced by Boi-1da with additional production from the Mavin Boys.

Nicole has already topped the UK charts with a #1 single in the first week of the album’s release. The Album itself debuted at #8 on the UK Top 40!