What if I said you could choose a different subject, just like you would choose a piece of

furniture, and that you don't need it forever? What if, at some point, you can change it to something else? Would you believe me? Would you try it?

I find it very interesting how, at a very young age, we are put in brackets of what we are

good at, one that probably defines the direction our lives will take. I was good at math

during middle school; I remember having a teacher that explained everything in a way that

made so much sense to me. However, when I went to high school with a major in literature

and arts, maths was my worst grade; I couldn’t get it! Did this make me feel like I was just

bad at it? Yes. More than that, I lost interest. I felt stupid for not being able to understand it.

I remember the teacher saying, “Do you get it now?” and even if I didn’t, I would say yes so

that the pressure of not being good enough, not being smart enough, would pass.

If we are told we are not good at something, does it give us, perhaps subconsciously,

the idea that we should move on to something else?

Of course, I never wanted to be a mathematician, but what if I did? I was told I wasn't good

at it, so why waste my time? Do we choose our careers based on what we are told we are

good at or what we want to do?

I have always followed my passion for music, singing, and songwriting even though I wasn't

told I was the best at it. I remember hearing my piano teacher talk to my mother and tell

her that I was mediocre, but my brother was so much better; I was ten years old! In high

school, I was never taken seriously as a singer. My best friend at the time and I would study

and audition like crazy for the school shows. One of our music teachers talked about us in

front of the class and said, “those two are here for acting”. That comment broke our hearts,

but it wasn’t going to stop me.

I don’t know what made me not pay attention to what people thought about my singing. I

thought it was just an obstacle and that both the next song and performance will be better.

I still think like this today. Many friends have told me they have no idea what they should be

doing with their lives; perhaps they fell into their careers and just kept going. We all have

dreams of growing up and of being somebody, but at some point, that dream is killed

because we chose to listen to what people say instead of what feels right.

My conversation with Kay (from my podcast “Do it your way”) was a real learning

experience. She talks about her journey, from listening to what felt right later on in life and

how this change created a new career and a new way of life.

Ask yourself right now: am I living the life I want? Am I in the process of living the life I

want? What is your answer? What does your gut tell you? If the answer is no, what changes

can you start making? Little things can start to make a difference. Even just asking yourself

this question can provoke a feeling. Perhaps you are thinking of a million different reasons

and excuses of why you can't do it, and to that, I would say: how has it been working for


Let’s continue this conversation. Join me on my socials and

email Theandreadee@gmail.com. This could be the start of something big!

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I don’t know about you, but I'm not the kind of girl that has lots of friends for the sake of having lots of friends. I'm the quiet one when I feel like I don’t fit in, I'd rather be alone than be around people that I don’t like.

I have always been like this, when I moved to America for my last year of high school, I spent most of my lunches in the computer room I didn’t get them, they didn’t get me, sometimes it was lonely but I just felt like I didn’t belong.

Now that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t social, polite, and gave up trying to find out why, but I guess I just wanted to find my tribe, my people.

Fast forward to now, as an artist, musician, entrepreneur, and creator, I can tell you that when I meet a manager, or music industry person my guard is up, I don’t trust easily.

For those of us who have been in the industry for a while you might know what I’m talking about. A lot of industry people will reach out, and for some reason love to subsequently tear down your work. "You should do this, that, you have been doing it all wrong," they say they like your music, they can make you a superstar, if only you did what they say .... blah blah blah.

With time, I learned that it is a business! Somebody wants to work with you because in a way you are giving them something. It’s an exchange, it can be that they believe you might make them lots of money(the investment) it can be that having you around makes them feel like they are important (the ego boost ), it can be that they love your music and want the world to hear it ( not everybody is all bad ) but knowing why, the purpose, makes the relationship real. Honesty always establishes trust.

Now I met very few bands and artists who really loved their managers or management company, that is why it was important for me to do my first podcast interview with Rebecca Boulton, the manager of New Order. Not only has she been in the industry for more than 25 years but managing the same band, I found this incredible! Hearing her perspective about establishing herself as a trusted manager, as well as her views on what makes an artist was really inspiring.

I invite you to create a world where you feel you can count on the people around you, a world where you don’t have to take anything less than what works for you. It will take a little time, and perhaps at times you might feel like you should settle for less, as long as your vision is clear, it will all work out ( trust your instinct).

As for me well I'm always looking to work with different mindsets, to grow, get better, when the wrong energy knocks at my door, I give it some time to really look into it, analyze it, take a breath before I make any decisions (at least I try ). Although it is difficult for me to say no to new opportunities, not every single one is the right one.

if you are interested in working together let me know., would love to hear your thoughts.

You can catch the podcast, here...

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I just put a playlist together and guess what? I have over 30 songs out there in the world that you can hear at any time anywhere! That's crazy, right? 29 of those songs were written, composed, and co-produced by moi. I have been in the music industry for more than 15 years, but I still feel like I have just started, so much to learn and so much to do.

I wrote my first song at the age of 13 and I didn’t know I could do that as a job. I just remember letting go at the piano and composing, for at the piano there was no judgment, and growing up in a very strict and controlled household, it felt liberating. Although my family could hear what I was doing, it was a very personal experience, it was easy, and I thought every artist out there was doing it. I thought if you were a singer, you were a writer. Little by little I would be very surprised...

I had my first recording studio experience at the age of 18 years old, it was a present from my best friend. The name of the song I recorded was “ I will miss you”, a song I wrote when I had to move from Paris to Las Vegas, leaving my friends and universe behind in the middle of my teenage years.

I remember standing in front of the microphone and wanting it to be perfect! It was not only the vocals but the production and the arrangement that had to be just right. I thought that musicians and producers had so much talent, I admired that, and although I had the instinct to know what felt right and would voice my opinion, I didn’t fully believe that I was nearly as talented as everyone else! Nooooo, what I had was the belief that big dreams could come true, that if I worked hard enough, I could accomplish anything.

To me, being an artist is constantly questioning yourself, are you good enough? Do you know your craft? Do you have integrity in your creation? Can you create something even better than the last song and composition? There is that everlasting doubt if you can do it or not!

I recently opened up to collaborating with various songwriters. Songwriting with someone is like going on a date, you are not sure if it will work out! You need to get personal, just enough to write something good, yet you don’t want to tell your whole life story. You have to listen, react, mentally you exchange thoughts, what you are going through, trying to find a common ground, something that you can both talk, write and sing about…

Then there is the collaboration with the musicians, you need to give directions to where you want to go, what you hear in your head, but leave space for the musician to make their magic, to transform the idea into music, into that feeling, into an experience. In my opinion, it needs to organically happen, you are the guide, and at your best should know when to let go and when to take back control.

I recently connected online with a wonderful guitarist from Brazil, Eduardo Balthar. We exchanged our music and talked about collaboration. His style is Brazilian jazz and I really enjoyed his playing and thought I would love to collaborate with him. I sent him a track, Settle Down, from my new album Truth & Dare, and asked him to record an acoustic version, to see where it would go… It was one of the easiest collaborations I have done. The mutual respect we hold for each other as musicians goes a long way. His guitar tells a story, and vocally I wanted it to be raw, honest.

On stage, in the studio, what you do is so much to do with your energy, the way you feel, as well as your entourage. I am a Gemini, so my moods change a lot, good for me right, haha!

Settle Down acoustic is released Friday 5th February 2021, listen, save it, I hope you will appreciate listening to it as much as I did recording it!

Love to hear your thoughts

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