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Jessica Andrews returns to new label

Thursday, October 23, 2008 – Jessica Andrews, who released several albums on the now defunct DreamWorks Nashville label, is back with a new label. Andrews signed with the Lyric Street sister imprint Carolwood Records, President Randy Goodman said today.

"We're thrilled to have an artist of Jessica's caliber and track record to help us launch Carolwood," said Goodman. "The music is great, and everyone is excited about her debut single, Everything. Our goal with Carolwood was to come out of the box and take our first single all the way, and Jessica gives us that credibility and shot."

Andrews came on the country music scene at the age of 15 as her first single hit the charts and in 2000 had a chart-topping single and album of the same name, "Who I Am." In 2002, There's More to Me Than You hit 17 on the charts. Eight other songs have charted, though none made the top 20. In recent weeks Andrews has been at work in the studio with Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus, who produced her debut Carolwood Records single.

"I'm really excited to be a part of Carolwood Records and pumped to be the first artist and first new music they deliver to country radio," said Andrews, 24. "Over the last few years I've been focusing on writing and getting geared up with new music. Marcel wrote an amazing song in Everything and working with Jay (DeMarcus) has been the icing on the cake. I'm just ready to get out there and share my new music."

Everything is Andrews' first new music in over three years. The song will deliver to country radio on Nov. 4 for immediate airplay. No word on when a CD would be out.

CD reviews for Jessica Andrews

Who I Am
Jessica Andrews was arguably the most vocally talented of the last wave of Nashville teens, with a mature voice that retained youthful wonder without pandering to teenage tastes. No one expects Andrews to chuck the pop superhighway for the safe - and less profitable - country road. But this is "Faith Lite" as Byron Gallimore has replaced bouncy enthusiasm with calculation and high gloss. "Helplessly, Hopelessly, Recklessly" sounds like none of the above, just very slick and uninspired. »»»
Heart Shaped World
Early stardom is a tightrope walk between preternatural maturity and treacly teenagerisms. Few adolescents have the perspective to really illuminate new corners of the human condition, instead finding themselves somewhere between unexperienced adult emotions and simple dramas of not-quite-adulthood. Andrews navigates this by an unusually mature delivery. She doesn't provide startling revelations about life, yet, despite the undistinguished, radio-friendly production, she finds a distinct voice. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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