Northern based UK songwriter and musician Gem Andrews crafts beautiful original songs that cut to the quick. Her work is firmly rooted in Alt. Country and Americana traditions, with influences from Kitty Wells to K.D Lang.
Singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gem Andrews was born in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton, Merseyside in 1985. Gem moved to Vancouver in 2010 for six months of exploring and playing within the Canadian roots scene.
The time Gem spent in Canada’s rich music culture inspired her to return to the UK and write and record her debut album ‘Scatter’ (2012). The album features musicians such as pedal steel player Chris Hillman (Billy Bragg) and Nicky Rushton (And All Because the Lady Loves) and gravel voiced Canadian troubadour Gabriel Minnikin (The Guthries).
Gem Andrews writes alt-country music with an honesty and rawness that takes the listener by surprise and cuts to the quick. Her new album ‘Vancouver’ is a dark and melodious meditation on the forces pushing us from home and pulling us back.
Vancouver features a cover of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's song Heart Like A Wheel (Anna McGarrigle), which inspired Anna McGarrigle to send her approval saying ‘Gem’s cover of our song is gorgeous, well done’.
Vancouver’s poignant lyrics are wrapped in delicate harmonies and uplifted by a skilful and intuitive eight-piece band. The album is deeply rooted in alt-country, with Gem’s fiercely independent voice carrying inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.