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Andrea Gillis lives in Somerville and is Booking Agent for the Abbey Lounge (Somerville, MA).

From 1999 through 2003 Andrea Gillis was lead vocalist for the band Red Chord.  Brandishing a raucously good-time live show and Andrea’s powerhouse vocals they quickly developed a devoted following.  When their song “Taxi” appeared on the popular TV show Dawson’s Creek, it added fuel to their growing popularity. They toured the Northeast and Ireland extensively.

When Red Chord disbanded in early 2003, Andrea decided to record a solo album.  In the spirit of Motown, Andrea assembled a group of talented songwriters, producers and musicians to help her with the CD.  By asking her friends to help out, she managed to bring together some of the most talented songwriters, producers and musicians in Boston to contribute to her project.

Andrea collected songs from Jed Parish (The Gravel Pit), Evan Shore (Muck & the Mires), Mike Feudale (Speed Devils, Coffin Lids), Natalie Flanagan and co-wrote songs with former Red Chord band mates Andrea Gaudette, Emily Grogan and J.Grimaldi (Schnockered).  With 7 songs ready to be recorded, Ed Valauskas (Q Division Records) signed on to produce the CD. 

Andrea then co-wrote and recorded 2 more songs for the album with Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas) at his studio in Davis Square. As a bonus track, Andrea included a Red Chord song previously recorded in 2002 with Ducky Carlisle.

The musicians on the CD are a who’s who of the Boston music scene.  Everyone who helped write songs for the CD, performs on the CD.  When Andrea asked Ken Schopf (Slide), Bruce Caporal (Auto Interiors), Jeremy Curtis (Elbow), Michelle Paulhus (The Dents), Asa Brebner, Melissa Gibbs (Heavy Stud), Jason Landry (Red Zone Cuba), Eric Saulnier, Tony Savarino (Give), and John Powhida (The Rudds) to play on her CD, they all said yes.With the CD finished, Andrea put together a core group of musicians to play live with her.  Backing her are Caporal on drums, Gaudette on keys, Valauskas on bass and Goddess on guitar.

4 March 2005
with Beefy/DC, Fancy Trash and Noelle
Midway Cafe

11 March 2005
with Lys Guillorn and Rebecca Pronsky
Cafe Nine (New Haven, CT)

2 April 2005
with Sarah Borges (cd release)
Lizard Lounge

30 April 2005
with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
TT the Bear's

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