Artist Spotlight: Andrea Davidson

One of the greatest perks of being a successful musician is the opportunity to meet the people who have influenced you as an artist. Several acts on this year’s lineup have even gotten the opportunity to tour with their heroes. For example, The National have opened for alternative icons R.E.M., The Killers rocked arenas with U2, and LouFest headliners Wilco are spending their summer on the road with Bob Dylan. While that’s all very impressive, how many of them can say they’ve opened for the Dalai Lama? Well, we can think of one…


Andrea Davidson has an approach to songwriting that goes well beyond chords and lyrics. She defiantly refuses to let herself be confined to one genre and wears her diverse influences on her sleeve. She can channel alt-country rebels like Neko Case on one song and seamlessly transition deep into jazz territory on the next. But that’s not quite enough for Andrea Davidson. She wants to change the world. In addition to receiving honors such as the 2011 Tipperary Song of Peace Award, she has taken her beautifully hopeful songs from taverns in her native Louisville, Kentucky to TED Talks and beyond.


Give Andrea Davidson’s newest release, the intricately layered Inspirit, a spin using the Spotify player below. It serves as a great starting point for this eclectic singer-songwriter who is guaranteed to deliver a stellar performance in Forest Park.