Andrea Marr Natural CD
Andrea Marr’s first full length soul album Natural is a
joyous celebration of the music she has always loved –
harking back to the glorious sounds of Stax and Motownera
soul, delivered with her own distinctive voice and style.
Andrea’s deep love of music and the strength and joy it
brings her has always helped sustain her and her loved
ones - through the hard times of struggling to make ends
meet, political unrest, the personal upheaval that comes
with moving countries and the loss of your parents in
Born in Colombo, Sri-Lanka, Andrea and her parents and
two older brothers lived in a poor neighbourhood where
music was the glue that held her family together. As a
young child, Andrea remembers sitting on the front steps of
the flats where they lived on weekends, with her dad
playing guitar and her family singing harmonies to everyone
in the neighbourhood. The neighbours, who were just as
poor, appreciated the entertainment.
Natural, Andrea’s 7th release, is an album that gives you the very best of her expressive vocals and passionate, heartfelt
songwriting, with nine originals appearing on the album. From the high energy opening powerhouse ‘Force Of Nature’ a
song written about relationships that hit you like a hurricane, to the gospel R&B ‘Grateful’ which recalls a life-threatening
cancer scare Andrea had a few years ago, and is one of Andrea’s best received originals - sung in churches all over
Melbourne and covered by several young fans to the Marva Whitney classic ‘What Do I Have To Do’ featuring Andrea’s
monster horn section (featuring a searing trumpet solo from Sean Rankin) is a reinvention of the original while still being
very respectful of it. It’s an album that is a celebration of the style of music that has enriched and nurtured this talented
artist since her childhood in Colombo.
Natural features Andrea’s 8 piece soul band The Funky Hitmen – who released the well-received EP Sass and Brass in
2013. This is the full album of what was started back then - and although some of the players have moved on, the sound
remains the same – soulful, dynamic and uplifting.