Vocalist Andrea Emmes had everything going for her: she was singing nightly on the Las Vegas strip as one-third of the popular all-girl group GG Girls and still making it out to LA to work as a studio singer; previously she had performed as Ariel at Disneyworld, and worked as a Production Assistant on the hit TV show Making the Band: O-Town. However, this success was not meant to last. In 2006, Andrea was involved in an accident and sprained an ankle. She was diagnosed with RSD, a pain disorder that causes the bodys nerves to misfire and send a deluge of pain signals throughout the body. Suddenlyafter a seemingly innocent injuryAndrea went from singing seven nights a week, to constant, crippling pain: at times even unable to walk. As a result, Andrea was forced to slow downand reconsider everything about herself: personally, professionally and spiritually. Andrea, who was raised in the church, found herself once again turning to the Lord. She began soul-searchingand finding herself waking up at 2 or 3 AM (often with inspiration for new songs.) It was at this point that Andrea realized she needed to stop singing for herself, and begin singing for the Lord. And from that moment on, everything else fell into place
Andrea began writing constantly, revisiting a poem she had written in college, Father. She submitted the track to a small radio station in Arkansas, who began giving it some airplay. That was all the motivation she needed: reinvigorated by her connection with the Lord, Andrea set off on writing a full album and truly pursuing her dream of becoming a recording artist. She teamed up with some amazing musiciansincluding Richard Smith, Maia Rodriguez and Chris Mendezall beautiful and amazing talents according to Emmes. And with their support, Andreas music began garnering serious attention; receiving regular airplay at KPJN 101.1 LPFM, Shine Radio 1220AM, as well as internet radio stations Celebrate Radio, Crazed Praise Radio, Spiritco1.com, SongPlanet.com radio, Youth United, Whitedove Radio, and Christian Rocker.comas well reaching 1 on both MusicForte.com and MusicGorilla.com. Even over the airwaves (or internet), Andreas music reaches people on both a universal and intimate level. When she sings, Youre beautifully broken, perfectly made; With all that youre given, how can you complain? For I know His purpose, is given to you; With words from His Spirit, Who resides in you? it sums up her experienceand reaches something we can all relate to. And this glorious message is made all the more convincing by her wonderful voice. It has a beautiful, lyrical soprano qualitybut sounds equally good digging in on flat-out rockers; outwardly warm, it also has an edgy undercurrent that hints at some of the tribulations she has been through.
Currently, Andrea has finished her debut CD titled, Im On My Way, which will be included nationwide throughout all Christian stores through Integrated Industries in-store digital station in Fall 2008. Also, a mainstream song she wrote, Are You Ready, will be featured on the soundtrack of an upcoming independent film, China Dolls. She also plans on touring throughout New England, starting at Abundant Life Assemblies of God Church in Swansea, MAnot surprisingly, her home church as a child. She will partner with the RSD Foundation and donate some of the proceeds to the foundation, generating awareness for this condition, in the process. Currently, she is touring local churches in Southern California with Kenny Vaugh, for his His Gifts from God tour as Special Guest Artist. Also in the works for Spring 2008 is a possible opening slot for the Harold Steele Band. Now that her CD is completed, Andrea will be pushing herself hard to gig in support of the recording. And although things might not have turned out exactly as Andrea Emmes had planned, the events of her life have opened up other doors. As Andrea states, Because of this challenge, my greatest dream is coming true: I have been able to use my gifts for Gods purpose. As listeners, were just glad that we are along for this wonderful, inspiring rideand well be with her as shes on her way.
I try to play live as much as possible. I play at many churches and youth groups or at local coffee houses and most recently at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Southern California. That was incredible.
So far for me, the moment that stands out right now was singing at a youth group at 1st Baptist in Lakewood. It was for a small youth group and the kids were so incredible and while I was singing, "Beautifully Broken", I started to cry towards the end and couldn't finish the song because I was so moved by this one girl who was sitting in the front row. I could see the tears in her eyes and it just moved me so much because the song is about going through struggles in life and knowing that you are "Beautifully Broken, perfectly made" by God. That was a moment I'll never forget.
I always tell people that my music is a cross between Amy Grant and the Little Mermaid. I love them both and funny as it sounds, I kinda sound like them both. I used to sing for Disney World as the Little Mermaid in one of their stage shows...so it's fitting.
I LOVE Amy Grant. I admire so many artists and song writers, but she's hands down the best as far as I'm concerned, musically and through her songwriting.