Ingrid Andress – Lady Like Review
By Bea Willis
Ingrid Andress is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter that combines country with soulful pop and R&B. Raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Andress earned a vocal scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where she pursued a dual major in songwriting and performance. While at Berklee, Andress joined the a cappella group Pitch Slapped. After graduating, she relocated to Nashville and embarked on a songwriting career, co-penning tracks for Sam Hunt, Alicia Keys, and Lauren Jenkins. In the process, she scored credits on hits like DJ Vice’s “Steady 1234” and Charli XCX’s “Boys.” In early 2019, she released her debut solo singles “Lady Like” and “More Hearts Than Mine.” Andress is now releasing her major-label debut, Lady Like, via Warner Music Nashville. The project includes the title track she performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers shortly following its release, along with her current hit single “More Hearts Than Mine,” which made history as the only debut from a solo female to crack the Country Airplay Top 20 in 2019.
“The Stranger” is an emotional song that has lyrics that will grab your attention as you follow the storyline brought to life by Andress’ warm country-pop vocal style. Her pitch is centered as she sings the melody that features her entire vocal range. The band is well recorded, and the sounds all live in the space ideally to feature Andress’ voice. Her vocal style is just enough country to pull those fans in and pop enough to crossover to those fans too. That is a beautiful quality to have and one that should serve Andress well.
“More Hearts Than Mine” is another ballad that will pull at your heartstrings. Andress lyric style is one that is filled with stories that pull-out memories and emotions, like any great country writer must do. The music builds behind her as the melody grows with the story. The song paints a musical picture that we all can relate to, and that instantly puts Andress into our good graces. Her singing starts in her lower register and builds to her upper register, all of which is beautiful, controlled, and her diction is clear and emotional.
Lady Like marks Andress’ Warner Music Nashville debut, and it is a beautiful start for an artist that has serious crossover appeal to both pop and country fans. The music, for the most part, is mellow, but Andress sings beautifully and will have you in her world in no time.
Release Date: March 27, 2020
Label: Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville
About the author
With an unwavering passion for music that began at the tender age of five, I embarked on a journey of self-expression through the piano, later expanding my repertoire to the guitar and the art of singing. As a seasoned performer in cozy coffee shops and harmonious choir ensembles, I've immersed myself in the diverse tapestry of musical genres, seeking to uncover the intricate qualities that strike a chord within our souls.
Beyond my personal experiences, my journalistic pursuits have led me to explore the stories and inspirations behind the melodies we hold dear. As a music journalist, I aim to delve into the heart of each composition, shedding light on the creative minds that have shaped the soundscape of our lives.
In my downtime, you can find me serenading my loyal canine companion with heartfelt tunes on the guitar or indulging in retail therapy to enhance my ever-growing wardrobe. Songwriting holds a special place in my heart, and I yearn for the day when I can share my creative talents with the world. Until then, my passion for uncovering the emotional power within music continues to drive my insightful reviews and analyses, as I journey through the rich landscape of melodies that move us.