Amy Andrews and Alex Sia met, and began performing, in the summer of 2009. Their musical journey together has moved them from Baltimore, MD to Atlanta, GA. The Lovely Drifters is their latest project. This classically trained duo has a lot to say. Check out their original music, their activism, and 365 Days – their year-in-the-life-of-a-new-band blog. The Lovely Drifters are excited to see where their music will take them.
Brought up on the sounds of Sinatra, Bonnie Raitt, and Bette Midler, Amy spent her days dreaming of moving to New York and playing 8 shows a week on Broadway (and convincing some producer that she, even at 6 years old, was born to star in a one-woman rendition of Gypsy). It wasn’t until college that Amy discovered how much she wanted to perform folk music. Her dreams of the NYC stage never faded, but she soon found herself singing, writing, and playing folk music out at dive bars and listening rooms, where, for the first time in her performing career, she could see the faces of those to whom she was singing. She was instantly hooked. Performing in this intimate way enabled her to connect with her audience in a way she’d never known possible. It took only a few tours through the southeast with their Baltimore-based band for Amy and Alex to feel embraced by the robust community of folk musicians and singer-songwriters in the south. It didn’t take long for the pair to determine that an auspicious career move might involve relocating to the south- home of the Great Smoky Mountains, boiled peanuts, country music, and the performing songwriter’s beloved Eddie’s Attic.
Alex spent her childhood learning cello, reading under the covers at night, shooting hoops in the back alley, and exploring the forests around her home in Vancouver, BC Canada. Although she began cello lessons at the age of five (a decision made by her mother), she dreamt of adventures in far away places and of being a veterinarian when she grew up. While in college, Alex found that she was spending more time in rehearsal than in the lab and realized that she needed to follow her path in music, not in science. Since that time, Alex has traveled to the crowded markets of Beijing to the isolated practice huts in small town Quebec to the cobblestone streets of Fell’s Point, Baltimore, all for music. She has performed everything from Mahler symphonies in huge concert halls to small open mics in dive bars. After receiving her Master’s Degree in performance from the Peabody Conservatory, Alex began taking the cello into non-classical settings. She is fascinated by how the cello can be used in folk music and finds that it allows her to be creative in a new way. She appreciates connecting with new audiences and playing in unusual venues.
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