In 2004 Alison met Jaye.
In a smoky club in Cape Town called Rhodes House, their eyes met across the bar and a soul mate love story ensued.
Since they shared a passion for 'The Pixies' and 'Seinfeld' it wasn't too hard for them to get on. In fact it was super damn easy.
Within a year they moved in together, and within 3 years they were married.
Along the way, they started to play some songs together. And kinda liked it. Picked up a few different band members along the way, played various gigs around Cape Town. Kinda liked that too.
Jetted off to Taiwan in 2007 to teach English AND play gigs all over that country too. Had a blast.
Wrote a buncha new songs and then moved to Dubai in 2008. Played a few gigs. Then decided that it was about time they did an album.
Had some godawful demos up to that point (#YouGetWhatYouPayFor), and Alison especially was just ITCHING to have SOMETHING that demonstrated what they actually sounded like.
Cue a trip to New York in 2009 to record a full album with Keith Lentin, fabulous producer extraordinaire, and the album Love's A Cure, released in 2011, was the (entirely self-funded) result.
With nary a budget for marketing (did I say nary? I meant none) the album nonetheless found its way to an opportunity or two, with songs from the album making it into the semi finals of a songwriting competition, making it into a scene for the TV Show Damages, (and then very sadly having the whole scene cut), and being called 'An outstanding debut' and 'a promising talent' by industry peeps.
And oh holy heck yeah, it is a good album! Take a listen.
And now? Let's bring this story to present day - 2015 to be precise. Alison and Jaye want nothing more than to write and record (and holy shit they are sitting on a lot of fabulous material!) and put out music videos on youtube. Whenever they can. As much as they can. They've even managed to procure the equipment in order to do it!
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That's all sunshine! Hope to see you around these parts again.
Soulful Siren / Dynamic Dynamo / Melodic Maven / Cunning Composer / Visionary Vixen
That’s Alison Andrews, whose edgy folk rock tunes have a fierce yet gentle way of grabbing you by the shoulders, looking you in the eye and whispering, “It’s okay, darlin’. Things got tough. But it’s going to be alright.”
Her work jolts the music industry to inspiring new levels, as Andrews passionately injects heavy doses of the raw, real reality that shape our experience here on earth—heartache, fear, anger, revenge, misery, sadness, loneliness and confusion—offering not only truth, but also a remedy for when the truth becomes too much to bear: Experience the emotion, but never let it define you.
Based on her own truth—as well as that of husband and fellow songwriter Jaye Lentin–the two form a duo that, together, have been compelling fans around the world to embrace their own truth, which, according to them, can only be found through love.
"At our source we are all pure love. proclaims Andrews, Negative emotion comes from holding ourselves apart from who we really are.”
A musician since the early days—think four years old—Andrews has continually strived to embrace the art form, while, at the same time, bringing more meaning to the table.
After linking up with husband Jaye in 2005—an impassioned genius of a songwriter in his own right—the two knew that an album would inevitably be born between them.
Love's A Cure is that album. Recently debuted, it’s a force of its own, appealing to anyone who’s ever had a dream…but secretly wondered if they were good enough.
Its goal? To remind you that no matter where you go, what happens, or what you do, at the end of the day, you’ve always, always, always got you.
And that, right there, is good enough. Whether you knew it or not.