Andrea Emmes - I'm On My Way

Published Friday 3rd October 2008
Andrea Emmes - I'm On My Way
Andrea Emmes - I'm On My Way

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 48435-14427
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

Andrea was born in Hollywood (a little-known town in Florida!) and worked for a time singing with Walt Disney World MGM Studios/theme parks. Quickly developing a passion for writing, when aged just 13 she wrote over 35 songs. A move to LA launched her into a stint as a cover musician, touring the country, singing in casinos. This, Andrea's debut record, ably showcases her gifting as a singer and songwriter - a diverse batch of interesting and pleasant tunes with thoughtful lyrics. The opening "Father" seeks Divine direction in raising a child. With the rock-thrust of the proceeding track, it's clear that Ms Emmes' music shuns easy classification. This is confirmed by further listening - quirky pop tunes, several hints of jazz/funk and smacks of inspirational. It's especially on these latter, semi-acoustic piano-based numbers that the singer shows her vulnerability - as she openly expresses the love, joy and pain ("Beautifully Broken") of life in general and the ups and downs of walking with the Lord in particular. Christ is unquestionably the central focus here, and a couple of tracks comprise pure heartfelt adoration. Ably produced and making use of creative instrumentation, this is a worthy debut.

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