Andrea Carlson

and the Love Police!

Often called a renaissance woman, Andrea Carlson has skills, but more deeply stated, a passion to lead our hearts and minds to new and refreshing experiences.

Andrea is an award-winning songwriter, with such songs as “Mysterious Moon” and “Cryin’”, and has released 6 albums and 2 singles since the start of her recording career in 2011. One song, “Avant-que l’amour nous prenne”, is featured in a movie, Christmas in Paris (2019), and another song, “Let Me Cook for You”, is in both editions of Jazz Bridge’s, Philadelphia Real Book of Jazz. Her catalogue of over 60+ songs is a mix of originals, jazz, and French Chanson.

 As vocalist, she has warmed many hearts with the appeal of her velvety, sultry sound, and as a guitarist, she created her own style, with her guitar, “Kakos”. Earning her degree in Classical Guitar, at the American Conservatory of Music, she is now on the faculty of Philadelphia’s prestigious Settlement Music School. Her vibrant fingerstyle guitar playing reveals this depth of her classical study, along with modern influences, like Django Reinhardt and Charlie Byrd. Her compositions have the feel of New Orleans Jazz with ‘30s Swing sprinkled in, ranging from soft to bold and blue to bright!

 Andrea actively tours, and it is far-reaching. With seventeen states, and eleven foreign countries on her list, she also performs at the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival, nine years and counting!

 Finally, Andrea is a visual artist, too! She not only does all the artwork for her albums, but she is actively producing art in a variety of mediums for sale and commissions.

To understand the scope of Andrea Carlson, you might enjoy visiting her recorded library! Every album for her is an opportunity to create a new experience for the listener, with a particular focus. With her passion and heart, exploration and documentation are very important to this creative woman of the arts.rea Carlson has loved singing since she was a child – and the sunshine in her voice proves it! A sparkling and alluring spirit, she has warmed many hearts with her own brand of retro jazz, swing, blues, and roots music – in English and in French. The easy appeal of her sound has led to active and far reaching touring - Andrea has performed in seventeen states and eleven foreign countries, including eight seasons at the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival.

Andrea hails from Tennessee, California, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. While a student in Chicago, she began her career in small groups, and then with a big band. She earned her degree in Classical Guitar at the American Conservatory of Music, and is now on the faculty of Philadelphia’s prestigious Settlement Music School. Her vibrant fingerstyle guitar reveals this depth of study, with modern influences like Django Reinhardt and Charlie Byrd. The result is all her own, spiced with New Orleans Jazz, ‘30s Swing, Bebop, Cool and Brazilian and French jazz too - spanning soft to bold, delicate to sultry, and blue to bright - always warm and inviting!

Following her first award-winning composition, "Cryin’ ", Andrea released a completely original CD, "Drivin’ Myself Wild For You", including another prize winning song "Mysterious Moon". Her next CD "Love Can Be So Nice", showcases classics and originals in both English and French. And "Let Me Cook for You" was recently published in the first-ever Philadelphia Real Book of Jazz, now in its second printing by regional non-profit, Jazz Bridge. In 2020, she created two more CDs: the all-French “Aimez-vous bien”, and Rogers and Hammerstein “Out of My Dreams” – a benefit for the Oscar Hammerstein Museum project. New for 2023 is the recently released “To Edinburgh and Back”, counterpart to last year's "The London Session" - conceived and initiated with international musicians, in studios in Scotland and England.

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Andrea Carlson delivers her beautiful tunes with her warm and coy voice. Carlson’s words cater for the counterpoint: witty, funny and full of life. A delight to the ear in which they touch down.” - Guy Zinger, Station Manager, Adore Jazz on 1.FM

— All About Jazz, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Andrea Carlson once told me that the first time she heard jazz, she was in love. Well, the first time I heard Andrea Carlson, I was in love. I don’t think anyone has ever hooked me with their music as quickly as Andrea did with hers.” - Charlie Silvestri

— Up Close and Acoustic, Philadelphia, USA