Wednesday, August 14, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jessica Andrews

Artist:Jessica Andrews
Song:Who I Am

As a teen, Jessica Andrews had several country music hits including her only number one hit Who I Am in 2000. But two record companies have closed on her and she seems to be semi-retired at age 29. She has a great voice. She was born Dec. 29, 1983 in Huntingdon, TN. When she sang I Will Always Love You on a school talent show, someone sent the tape to producer Byron Gallimore. Gallimore is best known for producing Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Jessica signed with Dreamworks Records and her debut CD Heart Shaped World was released in 1999. The album did OK but she didn't have that breakthrough single. That came with the 2000 number one country hit Who I Am. It also reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The CD Who I Am reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 200 and was certified Gold. Who I Am was written by Brett James and Troy Verges. James recorded for Arista in the 90s but has co-written several hit songs including the Carrie Underwood hit Jesus, Take The Wheel. James and Verges wrote the Martina McBride hit Blessed. Who I Am was the theme song for the TV series Sue Thomas F.B.Eye. This show was produced in Canada by CTV and aired in the US on PAX. Jessica won an ACM Award for Best New Female Artist. Jessica's 2004 CD Now did OK but not as well as Who I Am. She also recorded the single All I Ever Needed with Poison lead singer Bret Michaels. That charted for him. Jessica was working on her next CD in 2005 when Dreamworks Records closed. She recorded the 2008 duet Wild Horses with Richard Marx. Then Jessica signed with Carolwood Records which was a division of the Disney label Lyric Street Records. She released the single Everything in 2008. But then Carolwood closed and the album was shelved. Disney closed Lyric Street in 2010. This Icon budget comp was released in 2010. Jessica married singer songwriter Marcel Chagnon in 2011. He recorded as Marcel for Mercury Nashville in 2003. They have written songs together that have been on her CDs. As far as I can tell, Jessica Andrews doesn't seem to be active right now. Marcel is busy directing music videos. She is on Twitter but she has no website. It would be a shame if a singer with her talent was retired at age 29. Here's the video for Who I Am by Jessica Andrews.

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