Andi Kay, or Andrea King, is a singer-songwriter currently based out of Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in the small town of Norton, Ohio, she grew up not only singing, but writing lyrics alongside the piano where she taught herself. “I’ve always wanted to create art that someone could resonate with. Dealing with severe anxiety and depression at a young age was really hard. The hardest part about it was feeling like nobody around me understood my feelings, when even I couldn’t. Talking about it never helped. The only way I could separate myself from my emotions was when I wrote, and when what I wrote flowered into a song. My piano was the real counselor.”
Throughout her juvenile years, she was a part of the choir, various talent shows, open mics and musicals. She would spend her lunch breaks in hideaway where the piano was inside of the choir room. Her evenings were spent putting together outfits covered in flowers and floral prints. “I always felt like an outsider and was never good at expressing myself, so I let my outfits and music do the talking.”
In the spring of 2018, she graduated from Full Sail University with her Bachelors degree in Music Production. “My grandmother was the one that drove me down to Florida to check out the school. It seemed so surreal to have found a college where I could study things I didn’t even think existed musically. I learned so much not only about the industry at 18, but about myself at 20 once it was all over with.“
Graduating wasn’t the end of her musical journey, but just the start of it. She made a pit stop in Colorado Springs for a few months before making the leap to Los Angeles. “I’m not sure where life will take me next. I’ve always feared settling. Not necessarily in a place, but with myself. Once I get too comfortable, I feel like I start to lose touch with who I am. I no longer feel myself growing, and that scares me more than anything...especially as a writer.”
When it comes to inspirations for her writing & sound, the list goes on. John Denver, Bon Iver, Novo Amor, & Gregory Alan Isakov are just a few to name. “If I had to pick my biggest inspiration, I would choose my grandmother, “mamaw”, Judy Kay King. She is the hardest working woman I know. She never stops until she fulfills her vision. If it weren’t for her, I would be settling, and Andi Kay would have never even been a thought.”
“When people hear my name, I want them to know it’s the name of an artist, a dream maker, and a risk taker.” Andi Kay was the girl who wasn’t afraid to love flowers a little more than the average romantic. Andi Kay was the girl who’d spend hours isolated from the world around her while being consumed in her own sitting at a piano. Andi Kay wasn’t afraid to take a chance even if that meant leaving her comfort zone that was 2000 miles away, and to make a living by doing what she loves to do most.
She officially kicked off the start of her music career with the self-release of her debut single “Uninvited” in November of 2018 and a second single “Colder Weather” in July of 2019. “This next project I’ve been working on is going to be a big one. I’m stepping away from electronic elements & more so into organic & live ones...which is what I’ve been wanting to do all along. It’s taking a bit longer than expected, but that’s the beauty in blooming. It’s really going to reflect who I am more so than anything I’ve ever created & produced. More details will come soon.”
Though her voice may sound delicate, it alongside her lyrics will easily captivate you while also piercing through your heart in the most gentle way.