**Since its release, Hope & Other Sins hit #1 on the Galaxy Folk Roots Channel charts (& was the 5th most played album on Galaxy last year), been a mainstay on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 50 Folk Chart, and received generous airplay across Canada on CBC, Folk/Roots, Country, Community and Commercial Radio stations! In 2013, England was invited to showcase at ECMA, NSMW, SXSW, NXNE, and CCMA, with shows upcoming in LA, Vancouver, and Edmonton in the first months of 2014.**
“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 (US)
[Hope &Other; Sins] 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
“It’s clear how Andrea’s a songwriter through and through; the record easily sounds like something Kathleen Edwards or Tina Dico would release. This record has great folk moments that reveal themselves in top-notch pop production. Listen to the memorable “Laundry” and be sure to get a copy.” - Noah Siegel, New Canadian Music
There is always hope. And if one is very lucky, a little sin becomes part of the bargain. Music lovers will surely enjoy this good fortune of Andrea England’s sophomore CD, Hope & Other Sins!
A full 7 years after her debut Lemonade which, upon its release, won the Nova Scotian native serious recognition: from a John Lennon International Songwriting prize to acknowledgements from the USA International, OCFF and NSAI Songwriting Competitions, Music Nova Scotia, and the Toronto Independent Music Awards. A songwriter first, her subsequent collaborations with an international Who’s Who of songwriting professionals include, among many others, Bruce Brody (Lone Justice. Rickie Lee Jones), Jeremy Ruzumna (Bruno Mars, Macy Gray,) Dan Hill, Liz Rodrigues (Eminem, Pink), David Leask, and Brian Allen (Heart). Add to the mix songs co-written with blues pop singer-songwriter, Suzie Vinnick - as well as for the likes of pop star Nicole Scherzinger’s debut solo project Killer Love - and you have a songwriter/artist whose breadth of talent is unmistakable.
Now returning to her own solo project, it has taken Andrea no less attention-to-detail and artistry to craft the second offering – Hope & Other Sins – a decidedly different take on her singer-songwriter stance with the deft guitar and production skills of Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams) and top musicians from Nashville to New York, to Toronto and Canada’s east coast. Under Linden’s tutelage, England’s sensitive song craft and rigorous attention to lyrical integrity is grafted to a caliber of musicianship befitting her material. A core team of Gary Craig (drums), John Dymond (bass), John Whynot (piano, organ) and Linden on a rootsy array of guitars, mandolins and dobro, give England’s 10 new compositions the musical artistry they deserve. Add in Damhnait Doyle, Liz Rodrigues and Carolyn Dawn Johnson on harmony vocals and players like Gordie Sampson (guitars), Dan Dugmore (pedal steel—James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt) and Bruce Brody (piano), and the concept of ‘hope’ hardly comes into it.
Take songs like the England/Brody co-write, “Fool’s Gold,” with its heavy message over a light piano melody, the classic “Laundry”, in which this singer-songwriter heads down an alt-country road to great effect, or standout track “Picture of You” written at Ground Zero, in the aftermath of 9/11. Peter Goddard, longtime Toronto Star reviewer writes of England’s Hope & Other Sins: “This makes the world a better place. Hope & Other Sins’ 10 neatly crafted country leaning-songs are tunefully melodic and believable in their straightforward narratives. Andrea England has the enviable quality of sounding exactly like the characters she’s created…”
Fiercely indie, Andrea England is perfectly poised to take on the next chapter of her career, generously offering up the best of both worlds (roots meets pop) - and the rich palette of her heart.
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“From its stunning cover art to its intriguing title, “Hope & Other Sins,” Andrea England’s new album opens up into nothing short of a musical masterpiece. One of the most poetic lyricists writing today, England possesses that rarest of abilities, crafting music which enhance her words. Whether tracks with pared down accompaniment or a full ensemble of great musicians, the album will move anyone with anything above the barest of sensitivities… Experience a writer/singer/musician who is clearly at the top of her game.” - Tony Tedeschi, Music Columnist, AOL’s patch.com (US)
“Incredible songwriting… fans are in for a treat with this new album” - John Gavin, Atlantic Seabreeze