Andrea Nixon is the type of artist who believes that life and music are inseparable. The Edmonton singer/songwriter proved that on her acclaimed 2017 album Diary Of A Housewife, which spent 14 consecutive weeks on Earshot’s national Folk/Roots chart and was described by FYI Music News as “following in the footsteps of trailblazing artists such as Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.”
Now, Andrea has upped her game with a new single called “Blind Spot,” produced by Russell Broom (Jann Arden) and a song that will surely resonate with anyone who has struggled with finding an identity. It also serves as a timely reminder to be aware of those around us who may currently be engaged in that struggle.
As Andrea says, “‘Blind Spot‘ asks listeners to consider their own blind spots, both when they have felt unseen and unheard, and all the diverse voices that are currently muted in popular culture.”
Using her music to affect positive change is nothing new for Andrea. Following the release of Diary Of A Housewife, she embarked on a campaign focused around the song “Waiting For Sirens” to raise awareness and donations for crisis centres across Alberta. She also sits on the board of the Alberta Country Music Association where she is a fierce advocate for more female representation within the industry.
At the heart of it all, however, is Andrea’s irresistible voice, a vehicle she uses to boldly explore the landscape of heartache, angst, joy and humour with eyes wide open and heart in hand. It’s helped land her appearances at the ACMA Awards’ Fan Fest, Rogers Hometown Hockey, CCMA and Canadian Music Week showcases, and opening slots for Jessica Mitchell and others.
Andrea has managed to do all of this while raising her family and handling the responsibilities that come with being an independent recording artist. It’s more than a lot of people could take on, but for Andrea it’s all part of her ultimate goal to spend her life connecting with others in that magical space found only under the cover of a song.