CBC Searchlight Finalist: Andi
What: R&B, Jazz, Pop, Electronic
Where: Caledon, ON
CBC recently wrapped up its latest Searchlight Competition, in which they sought to uncover some of Canada’s best up-and-coming talent. When the dust settled, Vancouver indie-soul songstress Desirée Dawson emerged victorious, beating out upwards of 2,000 artists from all across Canada. She took home a significant prize, which included a $25,000 Canadian Musician Career Booster prize pack in addition to $20,000 in instruments from Yamaha Canada Music, a slot playing the 2016 CBC Music Festival, and more. The other three finalists were Andi, Dylan Menzie, and Teo Milea.
In terms of musical diversity, Caledon, ON’s Andi is a compelling performer. Fusing a mix of R&B, jazz, pop, and electronic along with other genres, she has performed alongside renowned producer David Foster on her path to a long-running career in music. She has remained committed to serving her songs as best as she can, even if that means colouring outside of the lines. “I want to challenge my listeners,” she says. “I want my music to be accessible, but also appeal to the people who want to listen a bit deeper, whether lyrically or musically.”