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Andrea Walker first got her taste of performing music at the young age of four years old when her very encouraging grandparents involved her in a childrens choir at the church they attended. With such a musically inclined family it was only natural. Later on at the age of eight she started studying piano which gave her a solid foundation and understanding of music and melody. Not long after she received a small keyboard/synthesizer from her uncle for Christmas and began composing her own melodies and recording them on tape. Now, in all honesty these were all atrocities to music as she was so young, but it led her to discover her passion and peace of mind lay with writing music and singing.
In six grade she joined the school band, playing clarinet and percussion, and also joined the school choir, immersing herself in every possible musical facet available to her.
When she was fifteen she was introduced by her now mostly estranged mother and her mothers husband to the group The Crystal Method thus spawning a love for any sort of digital or electronic music. which later led her to discover trip hop; namely bands like halou, portishead, unkle, massive attack, hooverphonic, and sneaker pimps. She felt as though she was hearing her future the first time she heard Beth Gibbons belt out those hauntingly beautiful words and noises to what seemed to be the beats of the gods.
For years she mulled over the intention of actually biting the bullet and teaching herself to make her own music. She had always written her own lyrics, but the prospect of composing her own full tracks was far too overwhelming at first and thus got picked up and put back down several times.
In early 2009 she decided it was time. She sat down in front of her computer, determined, and ready, and everything just fell into a place. She is now pushing the boundaries of digital music by combining elements from world music, electro, trip hop, dubstep, jungle, hip hop,industrial, rock, dirty south, and any other musical influence in her arsenal.
Though still up and coming with a lot to learn, watch out for this girl. She's just scratching the surface.