Andra Day 2

I struggled academically in high school because it was hard to focus. It was hard to focus on those things that were other than artistic stuff.
Andra Day

I try to not go, ‘I’m writing a pop song.’ Music is inherently genre-bending.
Andra Day

I’m inherently a chameleon… to not evolve is to not live.
Andra Day

Throughout my life, I’ve had consistent DNA.
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Performing at the TMCF Awards Gala is so exciting.
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The most amazing thing is being onstage and watching the audience sing every song lyric for lyric.
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My idols are singers like Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu because there’s no gloss on what they do.
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I’ve always wanted to be a woman who isn’t afraid to tell her story.
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I’m very particular but very thrifty at the same time.
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I didn’t want to box it in or say this show caters to this type of person… I think the tide of music is changing. We don’t have to worry about rules. We should just do what feels good.
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I’m a huge Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu fan, so working with those two in any capacity would be a dream.
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I’m grateful and enjoying the ride.
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If it looks like your grandma’s bedsheets, I’ll put it on my body.
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What I wear onstage is so stylized and bold.
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When I’m not working, I still love bright colors and patterns, but I choose pieces that are much more casual – I call it my lazy pinup look.
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I search for items that have history, like vintage finds – I love fur kitten-heel house slippers from the 1950s – and pieces from fashion houses that have been around for a long time, like Chanel and Dior.
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I consider each performance to be an intimate conversation between me and the audience members.
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I’m excited for the audiences to hear the title track, ‘Cheers to the Fall,’ plus ‘Red Flags’ and ‘Rearview.’
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I want people to know my truth. Unconditional love of God and each other.
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My family wasn’t in the music business, but they loved music.
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My father loved music. He loved Motown and R&B, and my mother loved Journey and Fleetwood Mac, so they were always listening to it and playing it.
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Musically, I try not to box things in. I try to just play around this spectrum of influences: soul, jazz, and hip-hop.
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I pray, read the word, and then creative stuff happens here. Problem-solving and all of that comes into that space. So ‘Da Box’ actually represents my sanctuary and that time. I might look trapped in a box, but I’m actually more free in that box than anyone on the outside looking in or in any other space in my life.
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I always loved music and was drawn to it and affected by it. But it wasn’t until I got to San Diego that I started exploring music more.
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The elementary school I went to, Valencia Park, was focused on the arts.
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I was living with my mom in a tiny apartment in Chula Vista, near Third and H Street behind the 7-Eleven. It was crazy to be on the phone with Stevie Wonder. I felt like a meteor hit our apartment!
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