Special Spotlights: Andra Day, Do-wop you want

By KACY EMMETT
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andra_issue28If you haven’t heard Andra Day’s “Coolin’ in the Streets”, hijack the Pandora and do everyone a favor. Like, right now. Got it? Good. Day’s self-proclaimed retro-pop-soulstyle has already taken YouTube by storm, and is set to stir up the music industry in a major way. It doesn’t hurt that the songstress has her signature blend of 50’s charm and urban edge down to a science, rocking hoops and headscarves with effortless flair.

Rooted in a strong allegiance to jazz, Day’s musical musings also draw upon soul, rock, doo-wop, and little reggae to top it off. Perhaps you heard about Day’s Sundance tribute to Nina Simone? To but it simply, she brought down the house; and from that moment on,it was clear that Miss Day had arrived. Her passion and dedication haven’t gone unnoticed; and with the help of Stevie Wonder, Day soon hooked up with renowned producer Adrian Gurvitz, who carries the gravitas of Buddy Miles and Whitney Houston in his wheelhouse. The two have been working hard gearing up for the release of Day’s first album—a highly anticipated debut that promises to deliver.

Day is firm in her faith and unwavering in her community involvement, which includes contributions to Unlikely Heroes (an organization that rehabilitates victims of human trafficking) and the Urban Arts Partnership. If you needed another reason to swoon, justkeep on looping Day’s YouTube covers—and be sure to check out the debut album this May, a project she describes as a “beautiful experiment.”

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