Interview: Ingrid Andress talks debut album, songwriting and touring the UK

first_imgIngrid Andress has quickly become one of the most popular new country artists.After impressing UK audiences when she made her live debut here at C2C: Country to Country last year, she followed that up with a headlining tour last autumn, including a sold-out London show. Meanwhile, her debut single More Hearts Than Mine hit the top 10 in the US, and she’s also scored hits as a songwriter for artists including Charli XCX, Sam Hunt and Alicia Keys.As she prepares to release her debut album Lady Like, I caught up with Ingrid to discuss the record, how her approach to songwriting has changed, what surprised her about the UK audiences – and how she’s coping with social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic…The last 12 months have been huge for you – what have been your highlights?Oh man! Probably just hearing people sing my lyrics back to me, because coming from nobody knowing who I am to all of a sudden people knowing is a crazy experience. Going from playing shows at dive bars where everybody is requesting Wagon Wheel and not listening to your songs, to people singing the words back has been an incredible rewarding experience.You’re about to release your debut album – can you tell us a bit more about that?Yeah. All the songs are real stories that I’ve either gone through or people close to me have gone through. It’s definitely more of an emotional album. But I wanted it to be very concise – that’s why I put eight songs on there and I didn’t really want any filler songs that a lot of album have. I wanted every song to be meaningful. Yeah, it’s just all real stories and real emotions.Did you find it difficult narrowing it down to just eight songs? Or was it quite an easy decision?It was pretty easy, honestly, because some of the songs I wrote three years ago and some I wrote very recently. But I feel like the theme and the way in which I wanted these songs produced all fit together very well. And I just feel like the stories are strong, and so to me that is pretty easy to pick out which ones match each other.You co-produced the record as well as writing all the songs. Is that creative control something that’s quite important to you?Yes, it’s very important to me, because I feel like I have an idea in my head of what I want it to sound like, and I feel like I’ve been songwriting long enough to actually be able to contribute to the production of things. Because I have met with a bunch of producers and how people usually do it in Nashville is you pick one person to do all the songs, and to me that doesn’t really work for my style of creativity. So it was very important to me that I be a part of the production, because I think a lot of the time songs tend to sound the same as things that have already been done if you just leave it up to one person who has probably done many records that are successful. But to me it’s more about me getting it to sound the way that I hear it, rather than just handing it off to somebody. So it was really important for me to be a part of that. And it was fun too. I enjoy doing it. So it was really cool to figure out ways to make all the songs fit together as one piece.Is it something you’d like to do again in future – either for yourself or for other artists?Totally! It’s such a cool creative process, and always reaching and trying to bend genres is something that’s really fun and exciting to me. So yeah, I would totally do it for another artists. I’m planning on doing it for all of my albums. So it’s a part of the creative process for me that is important. Even when I’m writing songs I’m hearing in my head how I want it to be produced. Because most of the songs just start at the piano, very bare, because I think if a song can just stand alone on a guitar or piano then it’s a good song, and then you should take it further.You’ve mentioned this record has been quite a long time in the making. Has your approach to your songwriting changed in that period?I’ve changed as far as maybe certain things that I’ve wanted to talk about and expanding it from just heartbreak. But as far as that, I feel like the lyrics to me have always mattered, and that telling a real story has always been the way that I write. So I think as far as all of them sounding they’re the same time period, I think they do as far as the type of stories that they’re telling.I wanted to ask you about the storytelling aspect and the way you build characters and put twists in the songs – is that aspect of giving people something unexpected important to you?Yeah. I think, for me that’s the craft of songwriting. All the songs that I grew up listening to, for me they’re either really emotional and don’t have a twist or they are very clever. And I find that that’s really a fun way to listen to music and it causes you to think differently, and I always like things that challenge my perspective or make me look at things a different way. So that’s what I’m hoping my music does – I hope it makes people feel understood while thinking ‘oh I haven’t thought about it that way’.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>You started out as a songwriter and worked with several pop artists before moving into performing. How do you think that influenced your approach as an artist? And do you write differently for other people compared to for yourself?I feel like I purposely chose to do songwriting first because I always knew that I wanted to be an artist, but I wanted to make sure I could tell stories from my perspective. So that was very intentional. And the process of going from songwriter to artist was actually pretty easy, because I had songs that I knew were very personal to me and that I’d wanna sing over and over again. And also I just got to know who I was more and what I wanted to write about, so I think that’s important as an artist – knowing where you stand.And then as far as writing for other artists, it definitely is a different way of writing. It’s like a different headspace, because you want it to mean something to you as well, but it’s really more about how you can talk about what that artist is feeling and going through. So it’s more about them. You still have to put a little bit of yourself into it in order for it to feel real, but the hope is that that artist feels connected to what they’re singing about.You made your UK debut last year at C2C and then had a headlining tour here in the autumn – how did you find that?It was so great. I think we sold out, so I feel like it was a really awesome experience. There were a lot more people that knew about my music than I thought there would be, and it was really cool to hear how much people related to some of the songs. They’ve gone through the same things and it’s really cool to realise we’re all more alike than we think and we all have the same emotions and feelings. So it was really awesome. And plus the food is amazing there. I would go back just for the food.Was there anything about the audiences here that was surprising or unexpected?Everybody is super respectful. Like a lot of the audience in the US, they’re very loud the whole time – in a supportive way, but over there everybody is listening so intently. At first you’re like, ‘are people alive?! Are they having a good time?’ And then you realise that it’s just because they’re listening and being so respectful and wanting to hear the lyrics, and only get rowdy after you’re done playing. Otherwise while you’re playing it’s like everyone’s so quiet. I was like, ‘whoah! Weird! But I love it!’What have you learnt from touring and being on the road over the years?Well what I learned from that is how much energy I get from people and playing live. It’s just so fun. And I mean, that was really my first tour that I went on as myself, so that was a really cool experience. Even learning how to get ready in a tiny green room. It was just like an adventure, like not really knowing what was really gonna happen and just taking it every day as it comes. Yeah, hopefully. I was supposed to be on the Dan + Shay tour but that postponed, but I got to experience the first three days of it, which was awesome. It was like an arena tour.I also wanted to ask you about More Hearts Than Mine. Did you know that song was special when you were working on it?I mean, after I wrote it I was like, ‘damn, that is a good song’. But I didn’t really think that people would react the way they have done to it. Because most of the time the only songs that get paid attention to are the uptempo party songs. I really didn’t think that people would connect to it as much as I did because I wrote it from such a personal place, and it described my life perfectly but I wasn’t sure if other people would be like, ‘oh yeah, that’s happened to me’. So the fact that it’s doing what it’s doing is just crazy to me.You’ve been nominated for an ACM Award (for Best New Female Artist) – how did you react when you found that out?I was definitely super surprised, because I feel like I’m very new to this whole thing. I was in an Uber heading to the airport and so I was so excited and told my Uber driver. I was like, ‘oh my gosh, I’ve been nominated!’ and he had no idea what I was talking about. So it was a very humbling moment as well. Like I was excited, but then I realised, who really cares, honestly? It was fun though. I think all the nominees for that category are very strong. I wish that we could all win.What are you doing to keep yourself busy during social distancing? Are you working on new music?[laughs] That is a great question. I feel like I’m actually enjoying it, because the past year has been so crazy and I’ve been on the road. I’m pretty much never home. So I’ve been reading and it gives me a lot of time to write. I feel like I haven’t really been able to do a ton of that. So it’s been a weird time, just because I was so mentally prepared to be on tour at this point, but I think it’s also a blessing because it gives me creative time to just chill and sit back and be like, ‘wow, that has been like a crazy, crazy time’. But in a good way, for sure.What do you have in the pipeline for the next few months? Obviously the album and I know you’re going on tour with Tim McGraw in the summer…[laughs] Yeah, we’re planning on coming back over to the UK at some point, if I’m allowed to. But yeah, the plan would have been just basically being on the road and gaining more experience from that, and releasing more music throughout the year on top of this album coming out. So at this point, who knows, but that is the plan as of now. And if not I’ll just keep writing music the way I always do and put it out.Ingrid Andress’ debut album, Lady Like, is out on 27th March 2020.last_img read more


AU helps launch effort to accelerate youth employment in agribusiness in…

first_imgRelated AU set to launch three flagship projects towards accelerated integration of Africa Talk Africa: Youth and Migration in Africa Agriculture and agribusiness have an invaluable and untapped potential to address the youth unemployment challenge in Africa( FAO/Petterik Wiggers) The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union (AU), joined forces to launch the Flagship Initiative to Accelerate Youth Employment in Agriculture and Agribusiness in Africa.Agriculture and agribusiness have an invaluable and untapped potential to address the youth unemployment challenge in Africa( FAO/Petterik Wiggers)The goal is to enhance the business ecosystem by creating more jobs and opportunities for African youth.Through the initiative, which was launched as part of the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) African youth will receive technical assistance and knowledge about agribusiness and agricultural value chains.According to FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, African agribusinesses are expected to create a market worth US$1 trillion by 2030, so agriculture and agribusiness have an invaluable and untapped potential to address the youth unemployment challenge“When we talk about the potential of human capital in Africa, we are particularly referring to young people,” he said.Africa has the youngest population in the world, with more than 600 million young people in the labour market. Eight Rwandans nominated for Africa Youth Awards 2017last_img read more


Trinidad and Tobago law enforcement agencies on heightened alert

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 167 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Trinidad and Tobago law enforcement agencies on heightened alert by: CMC – January 5, 2015 Sharecenter_img Share Share Trinidad and Tobago Security Minister Gary GriffithPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Ministry of National Security has escalated the alerted state of all law enforcement agencies after Trinidad and Tobago recorded 10 murders within the first four days of 2015.A statement from the Ministry of National Security warned citizens that among the measures to be used during the heightened alert state include increased visibility of joint police and army patrols; increased air patrols and surveillance; increased roadblocks and stop-and-search activities as well as increased intelligence and surveillance exercises, specifically in all crime hotspots and among persons of interest.“The general public is kindly asked to comply with all instructions of law enforcement personnel, especially when stopped and questioned during this time,” the release said, noting however that the current alert state of readiness, which is led by the Police Service and the National Operations Centre (NOC), is not intended to curtail civil liberties but has become necessary to ensure the safety and security of citizens.Over the last four days police said Sean Carrabayo, 18; Krisendath Mahabir, 54; Roger Frederick, 38; and Levi Snaggs, 33 were shot and killed.Police said that the murders of Carrabayo and Snaggs were gang-related, while no motive was given for the other two killings.Police said Carrabayo had just left a card game and walked across the road to answer the call when a car drove up and the occupants opened fire. He was shot about the upper body and died at the scene.In the case of Mahabir, police said his body was found by his brother at his home with gunshot wounds while Frederick was about to enter his vehicle near his home when occupants of another vehicle fired upon him.Police said that Snaggs was standing on the roadway when he was shot and killed.Police believe Snaggs was suspected of being a member of a gang and may have been killed “because he crossed the borderline”.Last year 403 people were murdered here, four less than the 2012 figure.last_img read more


Ganzon now tests negative for COVID-19

first_imgTo recall, it was Mayor Jerry Treñas who announced Ganzon’s state of health in the afternoon of Aug. 30.   Ganzon himself announced the good news yesterday, roughly more than two weeks he was infected with the viral illness. ILOILO City – Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was now negative of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the illness. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Ganzon said he had himself hospitalized on Aug. 27 after vomiting. His initial laboratory tests showed an “onset of pneumonia” and gallstones. After Treñas’ announcement, Ganzon issued an official statement. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell./PN “Padayon lang kita sa pagtuo sa Mahal nga Diyos,” according to the vice mayor, a religious pastor. The vice mayor – asymptomatic – was the first city official who got infected. He went on hospital quarantine.center_img As part of the hospital protocols, Ganzon underwent a test for COVID-19. The result was released on Aug.30. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and dry cough. It was still unclear how Ganzon contracted the coronavirus. But he said, “Mahimo resulta man ini sang akon padayon nga paglibot sa syudad agud makabulig man atipan sa sitwasyon sang aton palangga nga mga pumuluyo. Ini bangud indi ko man mapalagyuhan ang akon responsibilidad sa aton pumuluyo.” He could now be released from the hospital depending on the doctor’s advice. “Subong, maayo na ang akon pamatyag. Wala ako ubo, hilanat kag wala naman nagasuka,” he said. Ganzon’s second reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test showed a negative COVID-19 result. Ganzon, son of the late Sen. Rodolfo “Roding” Ganzon who served the Upper House from 1963 to 1969, assured the people of Iloilo City he was feeling better now.last_img read more


Robinson, Saleh Sweep GSC Weekly Awards for No. 20 UWF

first_img Share Senior Noha Saleh was named GSC Defender of the Week after leading UWF to a pair of shutouts over the weekend (Photo by Bill Stockland) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After two Gulf South Conference wins on the road last week, the No. 20 West Florida women’s soccer team swept the Gulf South Conference weekly awards announced on Tuesday.  Sophomore forward Jodi-Ann Robinson (Richmond, British Columbia/Palmer Secondary School) earned GSC Player of the Week honors, while senior defender Noha Saleh (Wellington, Fla./Nova Southeastern) became UWF’s first GSC Defender of the Week this season.Robinson totaled four goals and two assists in two games last week for West Florida (7-2, 2-0 GSC).  In Friday’s GSC opener at Ouachita Baptist, Robinson assisted on the first and third goals of the game and scored the fourth in a 4-0 shutout.  On Sunday at Harding, the sophomore accounted for all the offense in the game and scored her second hat trick of the season.  Robinson now ranks first on the team with 12 goals and 27 points.  The Canadian now ranks fourth in the nation in points per game (3.0) and third in goals per game (1.3).Saleh led the UWF defense to a pair of shutouts on the road in the team’s first two GSC games.  On Friday at Ouachita Baptist, Saleh marked OBU’s leading scorer Beth Wendl and limited her to just two shots, none on goal.  OBU attempted just nine shots total.  Against Harding on Sunday, Saleh marked HU’s top attacker Adriana Lucar and did not give up a shot.  Harding attempted just six shots as a team.  The senior also added an assist on UWF’s third goal in the 3-0 win at Harding.UWF will face a pair of tough opponents at home this week, as they first take on Mobile on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before a Saturday meeting with GSC rival Christian Brothers at Brosnaham Park in Pensacola at 12:30 p.m.  Mobile was ranked No. 21 in the most recent NAIA national poll, and the Rams enter this week with a record of 5-3-1.  Christian Brothers is 7-2 overall and 1-0 in GSC play this year.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.OFFICIAL GSC RELEASEPrint Friendly Versioncenter_img Robinson, Saleh Sweep GSC Weekly Awards for No. 20 UWFlast_img read more


Argos Finish Fourth at Shark Invitational

first_imgCOMPLETE RESULTSPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The UWF men’s golf team moved up a spot on the final day of the Shark Invitational, using the low round of the tournament to finish in fourth place Monday.The Argonauts shot a final round 285 – 3-under-par – for a 896 total. Three UWF players posted top 16 individual performances on the par 72 layout at the Champions Course at PGA National.Senior Christian Bosso led the squad in the third round, using an eagle on the par-5, sixth hole on his way to a 1-under-par 71 and a tie for sixth place overall at 3-over-par 219.Sophomore Carlos Marrero recorded the low round of the tournament for UWF, with a 3-under-par 69 on his way to a tie for 13th place at 75-81-69=225.Junior Harry Butler improved each round and ended in a tie for 16th place at 79-76-71=226.Freshman Adam Guedra continued his improvement from the first even of the year, cutting eight strokes off his 54-hole score. He tied for 22nd this week with a 77-77-74=228 total.Senior Jacob Huizinga tied for 56th at 80-79-79=238.Saint Leo won the event with an 886 total – 10 strokes ahead of UWF.UWF will return to action next week, Oct. 15-16, when they host to second annual Copperhead Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Walmart Raises Minimum Age To Purchase Guns And Ammo

first_imgIn a statement, Walmart said the decision came “in light of recent events,” “Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.” Story as aired: This move comes the same day that Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it would no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 and said it would stop selling assault-style weapons. President Donald Trump in a statement on Wednesday said that he would support raising the age for firearm sales. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Walmart announced on Wednesday, February 28, that it would no longer sell guns or ammo to anyone under the age of 21. Walmart said it will be “removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.” Walmart stopped selling modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15, in 2015. Walmart also stated that since the Parkland shooting, there have been increased calls for a ban on weapons such as AR-15s and raising the age required to legally purchase a gun.last_img read more


Rewind and Replay is coming to Ashton Gate this Easter!

first_imgFeaturing Modern Games, Retro Games, Arcade Games, Minecraft, Fortnite, LAN Games, Virtual Reality, Rhythm Games and more.The event will be held in the Easter holidays on the 14th and 15th April 2020.Tickets are just £11 for adults and £9 for U16s, with 10% off for all Bristol City, Bristol Bears and Bristol Flyers season card holders.BUY TICKETSlast_img


Spring football 2014: Experienced Vikings ‘ahead of the game’

first_imgRussell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.comLast year, Airline coach Bo Meeks and his staff went into spring football practice with a mostly inexperienced team.This year it’s a different story.“We have 80 percent our roster back,” Meeks said. “A lot of our guys have experience. We’re way ahead of the game as far as our guys just knowing what we’re doing.”Last fall, many of those players played key roles in the Vikings’ 5-5 regular season. Airline finished third in District 1-5A and took eventual Class 5A state runner-up Parkway to the wire before losing 30-23.Airline went on to lose to Covington 48-13 in the first round of the playoffs.A major reason for the Covington loss was a flurry of turnovers. During spring practice, Meeks said taking care of the football has been a point of emphasis.Meeks also wants his team to have a more physical style of play. Last season, the Vikings had a tough time matching up with a few teams in that department.?One of the biggest things we’re really working on is becoming more physical across the board, offensively and defensively, on the perimeter,” Meeks said.While Airline does have plenty of experience at most positions, the Vikings will have a new starting quarterback.Junior Jacob James, who started the second half of last season, has decided to concentrate on baseball his senior year. James played with a fully torn labrum against Covington and is only now getting close to 100 percent healthy.Two sophomores-to-be, Thomas McKain and Noah Hildebrand, are battling for the starting position, Meeks said. Hildebrand is the brother of former Airline standout Hayden Hildebrand, now at the University of Central Arkansas.“They’re two great guys,” Meeks said. “We feel comfortable with both of them. I’m excited about both of those guys.”The Vikings have plenty of experience at running back and receiver. Frank Winn, Darian Germany, Cameron Taylor, D’Juan Byrd and Shuncee Thomas are among those who either started or saw a lot of action at those positions last season.Linemen Peyton Coker, Blaine Reeder, Colton Prater and Caleb Thomas all return.The Vikings were hardest hit by graduation on the defensive line. But Charlie Matthews, the All-Parish defensive MVP and a first-team All-State selection last season, is back.Other key returnees include linebacker Deveal Granville, ends Darren Cooper and Deandre Dawson, and strong safeties Alex English and Grant Henry.DeAngelo Pouncey and Jarrett Bamburg, who saw action at wide receiver last season, have been moved to defense, Meeks said.StanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more