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Andy De Campos is a “Songlighter”!
“He is an inspired performer that touches people by stimulating their inner sensitivities through the songs he delivers.” Heather Ostertag (music industry professional. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Industry Builder Award, East Coast Music Association, 2011).
There is a personal relationship between Andy and each song in the repertoire. The song becomes the focus as the performer and the audience are both expiring the song, fundamentally, in the same way.
This relationship (from audience and songlighter) to the song is deep and there is always an unidentifiable association that lies somewhere between the subconscious past and the unknown dreams ahead. This transcends the limitations of demographics and music style and the resulting repertoire is not defined to specific genres or eras but by the emotional connection that occurs for him and for the audience.
The Melting Pot
Andy is not just a jazz singer or big band crooner. He has developed a personal style through many influences. He brings a fresh contemporary take to his material. The art that Andy offers has Jazz, Rock, Latin and Country re-emerging and existing in harmony with a unique and rare synergy.
Musically, Andy has always picked songs because of the song itself and not to conform to an era, composer, arranger or artist. Of course he does stay within the genre or type of music that he excels at bringing to life, but the song is the real article. If there is a lot of Frank Sinatra material in his repertoire for example, it is only because Sinatra did a lot of songs that were great (of course he made them great too).
Nevertheless a strong trend for Andy is, of course, the Great American Songbook, with music generally limited until the 1950s. That being said, a very interesting fact is that a large part of Andy’s repertoire is from the 1960s – with 1963 being of particular emphasis. What does this mean?
It seems that this period that occurred between the demise of the big band era and the invasion of The Beatles created urgency with the traditional composers, arrangers and singers and this became extremely conducive to the creation of beautiful, heartfelt yet somewhat cool and hip music. Indeed, many singers from the time recognized the potential and were quick to embrace new diverse repertoires. Among them were Bobby Darin, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jerry Vale, Vic Damone and others. Even artists that had seemingly made their greatest mark in the 1940s including Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee, Dean Martin and Perry Como were catapulted into new heights by the mid 60s and their immortalization was solidified for the ages. The phenomenon was that the art forged here seemed not only refreshing at the time it occurred but it is perpetually hip today. A period where Jazz, Rock, Latin and Country all lived in harmony and flourished in a unique rare synergy has never quite re-emerged the same way… until now!
"Where did you get that voice? [...] But you're just a little man!"
- Pauline at Village of Winston Park
"A great crooner! Great repertoire of all the oldies. What a great night!"
- Ann Sutherland – Sutherland Models
"Andy is our most requested
performer, the members love him."
- Louanne McClemont, Recreation Coordinator, City of Hamilton Housing Division
"Actually sounds like the voices from that period."
- Bemi Douglas – Toronto Special Events Group
"You clearly see and hear that he loves every minute of what he's doing on stage – you will instantly be moved by him."
- Chrys Page. Sing Your Life
"Andy is the Frank Sinatra of our generation."
- Lauren Hoogasian, Manager, Marketing and Community Relations – The Royal Henley
"Our Residents wished the night would never end. Fabulous!"
- Robin Jaffe-Hopkins, Director of Recreation, Cedarcroft Place
"It's like sitting in one of those old supper clubs listening to Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett."
- Lynn Gray, Community Relations Manager, Chartwell Pickering City Centre
"Andy is great at selecting the proper music for the right age group."
- Carl Hodges, Vice President – Royal
Canadian Legion – Wilson Branch
"A touch of Frank a bit of Dean and a splash of Kenny Rogers and you have a fantastic recipe for a memorable evening."
- Chef Mario Folco – Folco's Ristorante
"Beautiful voice and professional. Great Experience. We used Andy for our Annual Corporate Event and will again."
- Terry Jepson, Manager – Total Tech Pools