Lead Guitarist | Singer | Songwriter
Andrea Benz is a professional Swiss guitar player and singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Her playing style is a unique blend of 90ies country chicken pickin´ style and the earlier jazzy western swing style. She has been touring with Karen Waldrup and is now playing guitar for various classic country artists in Nashville. She's a regular solo artist at Country Icon Alan Jackson´s "AJ´s Good Time Bar" and Nashville´s most famous Honky Tonk "Tootsie´s" on Broadway in Nashville. She´s a CMA voting member and released her Debut Album "Who I Am" in September 2022. You can listen to it here.
Andrea Benz is unlike any other artists. With captivating guitar skills, a beautiful clear country voice, and genius songwriting, Andrea’s fans call her a “triple threat.” Hailing from the small country of Switzerland, the rising singer/songwriter’s roots are seated deeply in country music, her voice reminiscent of the 90ies country stars. Already known in musicians’ circles as a studio perfectionist, Andrea´s guitar craftsmanship can be heard and seen on countless country performances and recordings around the world. Whether it´s with Grammy winner Paul Overstreet in Germany, Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy in Spain or with Lonestar Troubadour Dale Watson in Texas, Andrea has amassed millions of travel miles and performed for thousands of country music fans around the world. She won several awards, such as the Swiss Country Music Award in 2016 or the Rising Star Award at the Texas International Country Music Award in 2018. Her playing style is a unique blend of 90ies country chicken picking style and the earlier jazzy western swing style.
Born and raised out in the country in Switzerland, she started playing guitar at the age of 8 and got hooked to the instrument quickly, playing for hours daily. She grew up listening to country music and has always been fascinated by the traditional and authentic country sound. With two college degrees in her pocket, one of them being a BA of Arts in Jazz & Popular Music, Andrea soon started touring all over Europe, always striving for more.
The 2019 move to Nashville pushed Andrea to hone in on her songwriting and performing skills. “I’ve always wanted to be a professional musician, but never saw myself being a solo artist. Nashville pushed me to explore that side of me,” says Andrea, “and I love it.“ She has managed to establish her own niche in country music. Culled from experiences gathered along her journey to Nashville; Andrea´s music is authentic. “My heart has been and always will be firmly planted in country music”, muses the Nashville based artist. It´s a bold statement and surprisingly refreshing in a time where country music seems to be struggling with its identity. With her debut album, Andrea proves that it´s possible to go with time without losing the roots of country music. The collection stands out with its pure sound, void of synths or electronic elements, dominated by the traditional instruments and harmonies of classic country. “Who I am” is the title of her 2022 debut album featuring 13 tracks and collaborations with Country Music Hall of Fame Member Charlie McCoy and Buddy Jewell. “It’s taken me a while to get to where I am, but I just had to connect all the dots.”
Besides playing solo shows and writer´s rounds, Andrea is also a regular artist at the world-famous Tootsie´s Orchid Lounge, Superstar Alan Jackson´s “AJ´s Good Time Bar” and "The Stage" on Broadway in Nashville. She's been touring with Karen Waldrup for the past years and has opened shows for Darryl Worley, Buddy Jewell, Chris Janson, Craig Morgan, Paul Overstreet and Joe Nichols, among many others. She's currently playing weekly resident shows at Music City Bar & Grill and Layla's in Nashville as well as out of state. Andrea´s undeniable charm and her clear, bright voice always leave you wanting more.
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