Andra Day owes her success to YouTube, thanks to a cover of Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best” in 2012. This cover reached number 2 on the YouTube Music Charts and lead to Andra signing a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. Prior to the release of her debut album, Andra was featured in Rolling Stones “10 New Artist You Need to Know” in July 2015; this was how I stumbled upon her. Andra reminds me of retro-soul singer that you’d hear back in the day and it’s easy to understand why she gets constant comparison to Etta James and Billie Holiday. Andra had an extremely successful year in 2015. Upon releasing her debut album Cheers to the Fall in August 2015, she’s been featured on numerous awards shows, a few festivals, toured with Lenny Kravitz for a couple months and was featured in Apple’s Christmas commercial with Stevie Wonder. Thanks to the success of the album, it was nominated at the 58th Grammy’s for Best R&B Album. The track I’m bringing you today is the most popular single from the album. “Rise Up” is a song about picking yourself up after a bad relationship/break up.  The song primarily consists of a piano, Andra’s voice and near the end of the track a choir comes in to uplift the song. If there is one track on the album that shows how talented of a singer Andra is, it is definitely this track. I think having the track stripped down to the piano as the only instrument, really draws your attention to Andra’s voice, which I enjoy. If you like this track, I suggest you check out the full album.

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