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Thanks once again to our friend Tony Taylor at Dreamwest Magazine, we’ve been able to get in touch with Katie Cole! Katie is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and now based in Los Angeles. Among her influences are platinum artists such as Jackson Browne, Glen Campbell and Kris Kristofferson. Katie appears as a guest vocalist on Glen Campbell’s final studio album, Ghost on the Canvas, and she’s enlisted Kristofferson to appear her own upcoming full length, Lay It All Down? Katie is a singer/songwriter breaking through the clouds

HVUM: Hi Katie. It’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to get to know you better. You have quite an interesting story. You are from Melbourne, now living in Los Angeles. Tell us more about yourself and how you made your way from Australia to Los Angeles.

KC: I’m a songwriter chasing a dream. Corny as hell, yes, but 100% true. My record producer Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow, Ok Go, Nerina Pallot) reached out to me while I was in Oz. I basically flipped out and somehow made my way over to Los Angeles. I always knew I’d end up in California…just didn’t know how I’d get there or why. I play guitar, piano and a little bass when I’m forced to and I’ve been singing since I was 2, but professionally since I was 15/16. I’m a scorpio, various favorite colors and self-confessed cat person. Also, it is unwise to leave pizza near me.

HVUM: We know from your biography that you were brought up surrounded by the rock of the 60s and 70s – Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin. How do you find the influence of these artists plays into your music?

KC: I suppose any and all music plays a role on a person that goes into a music-related profession. I think the early music and concerts I was subjected to played a huge role in the way my brain crafted an idea of what constitutes great song, song structure and live performance. I still love a soul/blues edge to notes I choose to sing and great guitar riffs are a must. As a listener, I definitely go through moods and phases, but those early influences sort of stick around whether I like it or not. 🙂

HVUM: You tell us that today you relate to artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Sheryl Crow. Do you have a specific sense for how these musicians are part of your work?

KC: I think I just feel a kinship towards singer-songwriters and bands of that nature that maintain an uptempo feel to the bulk of their work. I’m a huge fan of the anthemic songs and these artists managed to deliver many songs that I consider to be staple material. Sheryl Crow, to me always had such diverse lyrics and clever but easy-sounding choruses. As a lyricist, I learnt a lot from her work. Petty brings to the table simple chord progressions with deep and often dark subtext coupled with easy sing-along choruses. Fleetwood Mac having so many lead singers bring the effect of 3 bands. Christine McVie songs, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks songs. All felt vastly different from one another depending on who was singing. That’s a rarity in a band….to get away with such diversity. I feel I learned how to take complex characters and bring them to life in timeless sounding songs. It’s hard to compare yourself to other artists, but I love the above mentioned for those reasons. That said, I’m always learning. Always trying to challenge what I write and the way I record it.

HVUM: So, describe Katie Cole as Katie Cole…How do we best describe your sound?

I always say uplifting, singer-songwriter with flavors of folk, country and rock. Strong lyrics and stories that feel relatable. My vocal style is closer to Sheryl Crow and music style is a hybrid between Tom Petty and new artists like KT Tunstall and One Republic. I write emotion from the heart with elaborate plot lines. A lot of relationship songs that aren’t standard “i love you” songs. I think it’s about the details. I like details.

HVUM: For you, personally, does any of your work to-date stand out as the crowning achievement?

KC: I suppose the first single taken from my first American EP of the same name “Lost Inside a Moment” would be that song. I knew it was a special song when it was a challenge to write. Sometimes a song is ready when it’s ready and it was definitely worth the time spent writing and recording. It was my first song to get radio play in the UK on BBC Radio 2. For me, that’s a big deal. It’s probably a big deal for any artist. It was play-listed, then another song was. It was a really important time for me. In 2011 I had released the EP in America and I felt, that song wasn’t really reaching ears. I suppose there was a good gut feeling and some luck involved when it jumped across the pond. A great song has legs, the mystery and sometimes frustration about that is not knowing when those legs will sprout. There is a lot of persistence and hard work involved in what I do.

HVUM: You do a lot of collaborative work with famed artists such as Glen Campbell and Kris Kristofferson. Tell us a bit about you collaborations. Is collaborative work something you really enjoy?

KC: I first met Glen Campbell in 2009 when I first popped my head over to Los Angeles to start the meetings and recording process. My amazing Producer Howard Willing is also Glen’s producer and helped introduce me to his team. I ended up opening some shows up for him in Nevada in 2009 then again in 2010. When it came time to record his 2011 “Ghost on the Canvas” album I was brought to sing all of the female parts. A huge honor. It’s very sad that Glen is now suffering from Alzheimer’s. His fans will always remember what he’s given to the music world though. I also found out that a few songs from that album are being re-released on a new album 2013/2014 for Glen. An amazing singer and unbelievable guitarist and showman. Chatting with him and our Producer I was quick to learn his background as a session guitarist and all the iconic albums he performed including Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys etc. Huge stuff. Then it came time to record my new album and my Producer Howard once again reached out to somebody amazing. I actually wrote the song on the album called “Penelope” for a male artist just like Kris Kristofferson to sing. When I decided I was going to record it myself, Willing reached out to him having previously engineered the last couple of Kristofferson records for Producer Don Was (also a legend). Timing was just amazing and it happened. Collaboration is an incredible thing. None of the collabs I’ve done have been fully planned. There is definitely some randomness to that equation. Randomness and magic.

HVUM: You’ve toured a lot – Do you have any special or favorite places to perform?

KC: I really enjoyed touring American cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville and Denver. I love London too. I can’t wait to get back over there. I think I just enjoy travel and visiting new cities. It’s not always about the live shows, but the people you meet and the food. The vans – not so great.

We’ve been featuring your new video, “(We Stared A) Fire” (just out November2013). The track has been described as “American Country meets British pop”. What’s the story there? We’d like to know more about the track and the video.

KC: Thank you for supporting my music!! Well, the song was the last one I wrote for the record. I just wanted one more uptempo song. To me, this one is a tad sexy in nature although it’s at a fast pop tempo. I don’t think I do slow, sexy bow chicka wow wow songs. Haha. It was a really organic recording process as the drums and bass were laid down first with rough guitars and vocals. It was clear between my Producer and me that the drum part was going to be a feature and was going to drive the song. Everything else just sits on top of that. Guitar parts punch through and keys float in and out. It’s mostly my voice and that drum pattern that drive the song. I wanted a video to match the nature of the song. I felt like I wanted the main scene to be the band shot as I was hoping to introduce the viewing audience to my live band. The colored lighting of each scene change from a red band scene, to yellow fabric scene to a black scene with a yellow fluorescent lamp and a smoky scene where I’m wearing an amazing gown. All up it has a raw, rock feel with a sultry streak. There is a real live sense to the way it’s shot. Director Justin Coloma really captured the video exactly how I imagined it and the rest!! It’s moving, flowing and changing the whole ride. Lighting was a real key to this video along with elements of fire itself to illuminate some key shots.

HVUM: We know you have a new album coming our way “Lay It All Down” Tell us about that project and when should we be looking to buy the album?

KC: I actually launched a kickstarter campaign mid 2011 and it was successfully funded. Yes, it was that long ago. It started as me wanting to record 5 songs as a new EP. Once my Producer and I started to go through costs and songs, it was clear that I had too much solid material and it was more cost effective to spend more time and record more songs. So another 6 months went by with recording and planning. Put the first single out Oct 2012 called “I can’t wait”, signed a small record deal….some time flew by (6 months)…then extracted myself swiftly from that deal. Long story and I lost a lot of time. Time that I can’t get back unfortunately. I opted to somewhat restart. A lot of artists go through this. My producer wanted to remix the record and I launched the second single “(We started a) Fire this November. The new album is due out March 3rd 2014. I wanted to allow enough time to promote the new single. To me, you get one first impression of your art …so I’d rather wait and do something right than be impatient and release something early for the sake of it. That’s the definition of vanity and this is not a vanity project. I suppose I’m trying to compete with other major label and indie artists and that takes time and planning. So here we are!

HVUM: In the meantime, let’s take some time to check out that video “(We Started A) Fire”.

HVUM: Okay! We’ll be watching out for “Lay It All Down”. Any other projects in the works?

I spend roughly 1-2 weeks every other month writing in Nashville. I’m positive I have enough for another 2 full albums…but I’d like to narrow that down to an EP of songs. I’m thinking on that at the moment. I haven’t released “Lay it all Down” yet, but I’m definitely already planning something new.

HVUM: Do you have any particular causes or charities that you support and want to mention for our readers?

In Australia I used to do a lot of work for the Cancer council and the Variety club. Since moving to the US, I have been supporting Red Cross, MS Society (as my mum has MS) and WECAN that empowers women and supports awareness of Climate Change globally. I give charitably to a lot of random causes too and when needed I will buy a subway sandwich for a hungry face. I think kindness is a daily ritual and not something to brag about. It’s quite easy to be nice and do nice things even if no one else knows about it.

HVUM: Finally, my favorite question? Do you have any special superheros of your own? Why?

My Mum is my favorite superhero. It’s really hard being away from her. She’s a strong women who has overcome some difficult challenges in her life. She also now has MS. She’s still stubborn as ever, which is funny, and demands to do as much as possible on her own. I love that sort of independence. I hope I got that from her. I also think my cat here in Los Angeles has super powers. But those superpowers are only present when no one else is watching and only when she’s not napping or eating.

Visit Katie Cole at http://katiecoleofficial.com/

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Hello groovers and shakers,

Hope this finds you all well. This is a little email to share some exciting news… Announcing I am on the line up for the inagural Falls Festival in Byron Bay, NSW Australia from 30th Dec – 2nd Jan 2014!

In March next year I will also be performing at one of my favourite festivals – The Blue Mountains Music Festival set in my old stomping ground of Katoomba, NSW. Make sure you get your tickets to these great festivals! www.bmff.org.au ( http://www.rvrb.me/fan_reach/pt?eid=text_email_lnk1000&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bmff.org.au ) fallsfestival.com.au ( http://www.rvrb.me/fan_reach/pt?eid=text_email_lnk1001&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffallsfestival.com.au )

The Arts Northern Rivers ( http://www.rvrb.me/fan_reach/pt?eid=text_email_lnk1005&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fartsnorthernrivers ) CONNECT Showcase, Thursday 5th December

Tuning my uke (and having a laugh) at the CONNCECT Showcase

Last Thursday we had a showcase of all seven artists who made the cut from nearly eighty applicants. It was such an inspiring night. I loved watching how much talent there is in my home town. From ‘Shiny Shiny’s’ new genre bending ‘House wife electro’ which makes electro with ironing boards and irons, the upbeat tracks of Aussie hip hop act ‘Supa Fresh’, to the warm and lulling tones of Sara Tindley. You definitely need to check these artists out. I played as a four piece and included Jake Dominey on drums, Scotty French on guitar, and Alex Elfes on bass. I’ll be hopefully posting some new videos and songs very soon.

What’s happening in 2014?

There’s some exciting plans for 2014. I’m going to be heading into the studio and putting down some new songs including: Wild Horse Mountain, Tin Can Radio and Dusty Broken Windows. I’m looking at them being released by mid next year. I’ve also started planning my third independent tour to Europe for July-September 2014. If you would like to book us for a gig, house concert or festival please send me an email and we’ll try and fit it into our tour schedule!

As an independent artist, making all of this possible is definitely not an easy feat! I’ll be creating a crowd funding project so that you can all get involved, have fun, and be a part of making it all happen…

CONTACT: andreasolermusic@gmail.com


Thank you for all the support, feedback, and good vibes in 2013!

See you all very soon…

Lots of love,

Andrea x x x

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Ironically despite living and building her reputation performing for 12 years in Paris ”the city of love” Sylvie Boisel had discovered the love of her life on the other side of the world in Australia via an online meeting site. This online liaison became a very modern love story when Sylvie followed her heart and relocated to Australia. She couldn’t stand to live in a different continent than her amour. Fortunately for us, Sylvie bought her other passion to Australia and this polished Parisian songstress began to perform her repertoire of Jazz standards and classic French ballads to the delight of Audiences Australia wide.

Sylvie has built her following in Australia with a string of successful performances earning her rave reviews at events including the opening night of the Sydney Film Festival, the Melba Festival, the Sydney Multicultural Festival, Carols in The Cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park, the French Lion’s Club, French Rugby Lunch at Guillaume at the Sydney Opera House, the Wallabies Farewell Lunch at the Sydney Town Hall in front of special guest, former Prime Minister John Howard, the Bright Festival and Moe Jazz Festival both in Victoria. Recently Sylvie performed with the Zenith New Orleans Jazz Band at the Manly Jazz Festival.

“Sylvie delighted audiences with her unique vocal renditions of a range of traditional and contemporary ‘jazz’ tunes. Sylvie’s eloquent vocal prowess coupled with her delightful personality impressed all who attended her scintillating performances.”
Bill Lawler Moe Jazz Festival

Now Sylvie at the request of her many fans has launched her solo CD titled unsurprisingly “Amour”. This collection of Jazz Standards and French Classics covers all the moods of Love. This emotional debut Jazz album has all the ingredients to transport you to a relaxing Jazz café in Paris where all is at the edge of the heart. From Edith Piaf’s famous La Vie En Rose to theme songs from the golden Era of Cinema A Man and A Woman (Un Homme et une Femme in French of course) also the Cheeky C’est Si Bon. In a tribute to her new country Sylvie delivers Peter Allen’s classic “I still call Australia home” in her own unique French style.

This CD was made with love, the songs were selected by Sylvie’s audience, and feature international Jazz musicians under the direction of Monique Lysiak, producer of the CD. The line up includes some of the talented musicians of I love Paris Jazz band: Monique Lysiak piano and Toby Hall drums plus Alan Davey trumpet & trombone, Jason Morphitt saxophone , Ian Cooper violins and violas, Liz Neville cello, Retaw Boyce violin, Alex Compton double bass and Steve Iuliano backing vocals, mixing, the magical touch of Steve Iuliano and mastering, Joe High New York.

Sylvie’s sultry voice and Parisian allure deliver a French musical journey that is a must for both lovers of French modern classics and lovers alike. As Sylvie herself suggests, ” if you’re looking to create the right atmosphere for a bit of romance put the first track of Amour on, look your partner in the eyes and sing along da badabada dabadabada and the rest is well Amour.”

Visit Sylvie at http://www.sylvieboisel.com and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sylvieboisel

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Hello friends!

I have just discovered an amazing website which is revolutionising the way music is shared, and also the ways in which musicians can crowdfund their projects! I would love to share this with you, and invite you to come on the journey with

Over the next twelve months I will be touring in Australia and internationally throughout Europe. This year also marks the
creation of my new album! Along the way I will be recording song demos, and videos which I will post exclusively to Patreon ( http://www.rvrb.me/fan_reach/pt?eid=text_email_lnk1000&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.patreon.com%2Fandreasoler ). The great thing about this is people who pledge to Patreon will be the first in the world to receive exclusive unreleased material, videos, Skype concerts, postcards and be part of my song writing adventures!

HOW IT ALL WORKS – These are exciting times for independent artists and I am so thankful to be able to do what I love!
Patreon is like an ongoing crowd funding campaign. How it works is: When I create a new song, I upload it to Patreon and my
supporters who have made a pledge will receive their selected reward. For example you can pledge $1 per song/video that I
create. You can also control how much you pledge and can set a limit how much you pledge per month (just in case I write 100
songs in a month!). I plan to be making some videos and recording while touring overseas so I can share the adventures
as well as new demos of songs. I estimate it will be one to two songs per month.

Thanks for your support! http://www.patreon.com/andreasoler ( http://www.rvrb.me/fan_reach/pt?eid=text_email_lnk1001&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.patreon.com%2Fandreasoler )

MY PLAN – I am about to embark on my second independent tour of Europe with my guitarist. I am self managed, book all the shows, send hundreds of emails, create youtube clips, send more emails, and find just enough time in between all of this to write new songs. I plan on releasing a new album within the next twelve months and think that this is a great way to create and share new songs and ideas with you and be able to continue living from my art!

MY STORY SO FAR – I’ve been working solidly on my music since about 2007. I bought a one way ticket to France and from there went on to record my first EP and album in the UK with Big Al at The Sonic Kitchen Studios and got the tracks mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London. I’ve been incredibly lucky with support from my partner, family and friends and the industry. Last year I won ‘Adult Contemporary’ and ‘Female Vocals’ categories at the North Coast Music Industry Awards for my song: Daydreamer.

For more information on how you can join the journey…

Thanks for your support! Andrea x x x

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Fellow travelers…

I am happy to say I will be hitting the road very soon and
heading down the East Coast of Australia. James Ross and myself
will be doing some acoustic duo shows in magnificent venues! I
have had some time to write some new songs and I’m really excited
to share them with you soon!


Friday 26th April – The Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD 7pm (07) 5494

Friday 3rd May – The Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin (02) 66891111
Saturday 4th May – Senior Citizens Hall, Gloucester,7pm
Sunday 5th May – School of Arts, Bulahdelah, NSW 2pm
Wednesday 8th May – ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW 10am
Wednesday 8th May – Lizottes, Dee Why, Sydney, NSW 8pm (02) 9984
Saturday 11th May – Glebe Markets, Glebe, Sydney NSW 8am
Saturday 11th May – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW 8pm (02) 4782
Wednesday 15th May – ABC Newcastle Radio, Newcastle, NSW 10am
Wednesday 15th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW 8pm (02) 4956 2066

Saturday 18th May -Palm Beach Currumbin Markets, 8am

Saturday 18th May – The Aquarius Folk Anniversary, Nimbin,8pm
Sunday 19th May – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay 5pm

and then it’s EUROPE! Open Eye Images


Singing Joni’s masterpiece ‘Urge for Going’…
(Bill Jacobi on Guitar)

“See the geese in chevron flight,

Flapping and a racing on before the snow”

Aaron Duffy at the controls from side of stage, Steve Russell on
Keys, Billy Williams on Bass

Singing the Crosby Stills Nash & Young version of Joni’s

“We are stardust, we are golden,

we are billion year old carbon,

and we’ve gt to get ourselves back to the garden….”

Backstage with some of the funky Haight Ashbury crew at 2012
Bluesfest, Byron Bay

Creative Advice from Clare Bowditch


This is a really earthy, warm insight about creativity from
Australian songwriter, Clare Bowditch. Click image to watch!
This video is esecially important if you struggle with finding
your ‘muse’, your creativity, your true self. I love the way
Clare closes this TED talk by saying ‘life is short, for heaven’s
sake, make the most of it!’

Here is a picture of me back in 2009 with Big Al and the
beautiful musician:Omer Makesa.

Big Al was a dear friend. A soul brother, my producer on my first
two releases, bass player and more! Al was an absolute
inspiration for me, for my music, and he touched my heart
forever. It’s nearlly three years since Al passed away and I
think of him often. I am so thankful that I was given the
opportunity to work with someone so gifted and talented and so in
it for the heart. Making a career in the music industry isn’t the
easiest thing in the world, and like most of us, Al did music for
the love of it.

So here’s to doing things for the ‘Love of it!’

Andrea x x x

Andrea Soler is an Australian singer songwriter with compelling vocals and insightful lyrics who has just recently toured the UK summer festivals including Isle Of Wight, Larmer Tree and the Sunrise Festival. Musically inspired by the passionate joie de vivre of her French ancestry she exudes a distinctly European influenced sound, yet maintaining her own take on indie folk. Likening herself and her music to the old ways of gypsies and travelers; expect a swathe of moods and emotion from Andrea’s soulful live performances.

Andrea, it’s really a pleasure to meet you and to be part of your journey! We know a bit about you from earlier talks and your bio, but tell us a bit about your musical path and how has your career has developed.

AS: When I was 18, I went to the Woodford Folk Festival here in Australia. I’ll never forget the feeling I had watching band after band blow me away. I knew then, one day I would play that festival, all I wanted was to be a musician! So, I then bought a guitar and started playing and writing songs. I went busking on the streets with my sister. After recording a home made demo, I decided to try my luck overseas and bought a one way ticket to Paris. I ended up living there for over a year and played in bars in Montmatre and even Fete De La Musique in 2007! I then went to the UK where I was then sponsored to record my first EP ‘Better in The Sunshine’ at The Sonic Kitchen Studios. I played festivals such as the Larmer Tree, Isle of Wight and Sunrise Festival, UK. I got on so well with my producer that I went on to record my debut album ‘Earth On An Axis’ with him as well. Since coming back to Australia I achieved my dream of performing at many festivals and lastyear I played at the Woodford Folk Festival, the place that kick started my musical career!

Is there anybody who has really helped you along you path, Do you have a mentor?

AS: I am very lucky to say that I have had so many people help me along the way. My biggest mentor is Alan ‘Big Al’ Hill. He was the incredibly brilliant man who produced my first two records. He believed in me and taught me so much about the recording process, about music and about life. He truly was an incredible man, a world class musician (played bass for Jack Dejonette – Miles Davis’s drummer, produced for Shirley Bassey & many more). Sadly, Al passed away a couple of years ago, is greatly missed today by so many people around the world. I still count him as my biggest mentor. I always think – what would make Al proud?

What’s next for you? What’s coming up for you live and recorded?

AS: I have just finished recording my brand new EP called Daydreamer. I’m going to be launching it here in Australia at the beginning of June, and then embarking on a twelve week tour through the UK and Europe! I’ve booked 18 shows already which includes four festivals in the UK. We’ll also be making a documentary about this tour to inspire independent musicians to manage themselves and book their own international tours. I am very excitied about this trip, especially to return to Paris!

Do tells us a bit about your latest album.

AS: Daydreamer is a five track EP. It’s a collection of songs I’ve written on the ukulele. A lady once said to me that you can’t write a sad song on the ukulele. Well, one day I was sitting at home and wrote a song called ‘Heart Break Floor’. It’s about my first heart break. At least I can prove to the lady you can write a sad song on the ukuele! Then there’s ‘Love at First Sight’ which is a true story about a guy who was lost, walked into a cafe to ask for directions and fell in love with the girl behind the counter, and there’s Daydreamer which is the title track. It’s a song to remind people how important it is to believe in their dreams. Lonesome Traveller is a haunting tune, and The Palmreader is a song about.. well, I guess you’ll just have to hear it and find out!

It’s hard to believe that anyone would have the nerve to break your heart! Let’s take a few minutes out to let everybody in on what’s going on as we watch “Daydreamer EP”

We work with a lot of young emerging artists. Can you share a certain moment in your career – good or bad – that’s kept you moving on?

AS: I think I’ll share a good and a bad if that’s ok? The bad moment was when I lost one of my best friends and producer Big Al. He means so much to me. He always assured me along the way. Gave me advice, feedback about my songs and made me laugh too! He brought out the best in me, and I’ll never forget all that he did for me.

A good moment – I think it was just recently, when I walked onto the stage to play at last years’ Woodford Folk Festival! It had been myAndrea Soler_010 dream for over ten years to play at this festival. I had to pinch myself a couple of times to realise that I was literally living the dream. It taught me to never give up on my dream, keep working hard, and enjoy the journey!

I always like to ask our guests about personal heros, so here goes…who is your hero? Why?

AS:There are so many people that inspire me. When I read the biography of Edith Piaf, I felt so inspired by her zest for life and for everything she achieved from her humble beginnings as a homeless girl on the streets of Paris. Then there’s Joni MItchell who got Polio at the age of 8 and started singing to get better. She is another woman who overcame obstacles in her life and achieved her dreams. I think another of my heroes would be Sally Dastey. She is an Australian singer and is such a beautiful person and gives her whole heart to her audience. I like artists that give their all.

I have to tell you, that my colleagues here at HorizonVU Music are not to wild about that question (they’ve heard me ask it so many times), but I think you saved me…we’re all Joni Mitchell fans! Andrea, again, thanks so much for your time and we look forward to going live in September. We’ll be posting your gigs!

Visit Andrea Soler at www.andreasoler.com

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