Andrea Menard, beloved for her work in television and film (Blackstone, Rabbit Fall) and for her catalogue of musical releases including 2002’s The Velvet Devil, 2005’s Simple Steps, and 2009’s Sparkle, will be merging her unique style and “tour-de-force performance” [Ottawa Sun] with conductor Charles T. Cozens and the Regina Symphony Orchestra for I Am Andrea Menard on May 3rd, 2014. Coinciding with this special show is the release of Menard’s album Lift, produced by longtime collaborator Robert Walsh.
Lift, written and produced with Edmonton-based producer Robert Walsh, marks their fourth collaboration together, came to life partly due to a hugely successful Indiegogo campaign supported by Menard’s passionate and enthusiastic fan base, who raised $12,000 towards the album’s production and release. The songs on Lift, in Menard’s own words, are “good medicine”, once again showcasing the unique musical chemistry between Menard and Walsh. Recorded at Unity Gain Productions, a straw bale facility built on a beautiful oasis in rural Manitoba, Lift captures the spirit and atmosphere of the sessions and the raw emotion and power in Menard’s voice. Lift is being released and promoted through Real World Artist Management.
Menard will be playing select dates to celebrate the release of Lift, including May 11th Saskatoon; May 14th Calgary; May 16th Edmonton, May 23rd Vancouver, June 16th Toronto, June 18th Ottawa, June 23rd Winnipeg.
I Am Andrea Menard, Menard’s new Symphony Show, will feature Menard and the RSO performing numbers composed by Menard and Walsh, with Walsh playing guitar and singing, and Cozens conducting. I Am Andrea Menard features a night of showstoppers specially arranged by Cozens, with additional arrangements written by Robert Walsh, Rick Wilkins, Micky Erbe, John Welsman, Anthony Rozankovic, and Pete Coulman.
About Robert Walsh
Robert Walsh, is an award winning singer-songwriter, musician and producer who has performed with artists such as The Pointer Sisters, Tom Cochrane, Renée Fleming, Petula Clark, The Canadian Tenors and Johnny Reid, is a member of Franco-Albertan roots group Allez Ouest, and has been featured often with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Walsh is the author of a music theory book and also teaches at Edmonton’s MacEwan University.
About Charles T. Cozens
Charles Cozens is an award winning conductor, orchestrator, and composer who has arranged and conducted for the likes of Elton John, Janelle Monae, Divine Brown, Serena Ryder, RyanDan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Molly Johnson, The Nylons, The Canadian Tenors, The Canadian Brass and Quartetto Gelato, among others. Cozens has over 90 CD recordings to his credit.
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