We turn the page to 2021, a new year to start fresh, or a good time to challenge yourself to do something new or different: they call it New Year Resolutions!

I was so surprised when asking around what were my friends and family's new resolutions were, 80 percent of people decided not to make any. It could be the fact that 2020 was a year where everybody was a little depressed, we didn’t get to travel, we didn’t get to see family, and maybe some of us got sick. I believe there is always a positive way to look at things.

For me, 2020 was a year when I wrote, recorded, and co-produced my electro-pop album Truth & Dare. I had the time to research, read, practice, set goals, and really throw myself into my music. I have learned during the years that keeping myself busy is the way I cope with any situation. When I have a hard break, I go out all the time, any reason is a good one, I have a need for communication and community. Talking about what’s on my mind, helps me get through anything. It’s amazing what happens when you reach out to people and interact!

Of course, during Covid, it has been impossible to meet new people. So, I took interaction online using my favorite subject: music, and I am still doing it! Some of you might say that it’s not the same as meeting real people and to that, I would answer yes, I agree, but what are your chances of meeting people from all over the world in an hour? It is all a matter of perspective, no?

I love to be busy, and I always have a million ideas to move forward and take on something new, but I believe that you create your life. We put together an online music festival where I got to connect with amazing musicians, actors, and presenters, raising money for the prevention of breast cancer.

In 2019 everybody talked about being so busy that we didn’t have time to sit for a cup of coffee with a friend that lives in the same city, and in 2020 we complained about being bored…What will be 2021 about? The good news is that you get to choose, what do you want it to be? Happy? Exciting? Entertaining? Full of love? Laughter? Success? I want all those things, and it starts now!

I love to hear that people are trying something new, or taking on a challenge, this is called living life to the full. Do the best with what you can and don’t stop! Don’t listen to that amazing, brilliant voice in your head that gives all the excuses to stop or quit, instead watch something or somebody that inspires you. I miss traveling and being on tour, so I watched the Rolling Stones Ole, Ole, Ole A Trip Across America, lol!

In December, I got my phone stolen twice in the space of 4 days by cyclists at night whilst coming home from work. It was an invasion of my space, I felt weak, a loss of power and I couldn't walk by myself when it was dark in fear that it would happen again! Even now when a bike or somebody comes close to me, I feel unsettled. I have never felt scared, especially outdoors as I grew up in a not-so-great neighborhood which will get you ready for anything, but then again, I am human.

I decided to take on a running marathon to challenge myself. I can tell you that I am no runner, but I am working on it, (a great way to get rid of all the food and drinks I overindulged in during the holiday as well). Ok by now you might think that I am crazy (or think yeah this girl loves to talk haha), but just doing my best to share what I found that works for me, wanting to give you great energy and encouragement.

I hope that when reading this you decide on a new goal, something that will challenge you and push your boundaries.

What did you choose? I would love to hear it… post a comment, email me, or DM.



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I come from a family of entertainers, dancers on my mother's side, and some might say that it would make my life easier, I think it’s the opposite actually.

Looking back I understand why, an artist, performer needs to constantly recycle themself.

From one album to another, one year to the other, we build concepts and ideas, that are all based on emotions, life, willpower, age, and belief that one person might see it or even better like it. You have to be great at what you do, constantly looking for opportunities, and there are no guarantees that you will have a job tomorrow! You work on your skill, practice, you need to be the best always, well the best version of yourself at least, and you must do this again and again, over and over.

I went to art school, studied music, singing, acting, and dancing, I learned techniques, read of magnificent humans that through their talent had the world hold their breath. I met people like me that didn’t fit in, I learned discipline, and that I had unconditional love for it.

Love is such an intense, yet a light word.

I always knew there was something different about me like I had this special strength in me (perhaps growing up with an abusive father makes you figure out things faster), I had to use it to do something good, something life-changing, with music as my language but why? Why did I want to be a singer? Was it the attention? Creativity? Unlimited possibilities of each song, ep, album, performance being better?

The young girl in me wanted to prove to the world that I could make it but had no idea what that meant. What is making it? My response today is the same as before the only difference is that I wasn't ready to see it. My ego was way louder, which is normal for an 18-year-old, you would think?

I listened to everyone around me about what I should do next, if it was in the entertainment industry, I would do it! I auditioned, got in the show, but for my soul it was just not enough. I kept taking classes on the side, in search of making myself the best.

I had to hit that note because if I didn't then I couldn’t call myself a singer. (spent hours in the studio, recording) I took the hardest dance classes, I was not the most flexible, it took me longer than others to learn choreography but I spent all my money on training myself.

Wanting to be around the best, I moved to New York City and continued my journey, but it was not enough again, I kept telling myself, I can do more, work harder. Little by little my work ethic started to get noticed, first my passion, then my songwriting, then my voice, but It wasn’t until the first tour that I started believing in myself.

When my band gave their time, and passion for nothing but the want to succeed, love for the art, and the feeling that we understood each other without words.

We set up a European tour, performing in each band member's country. Of course, France was mine, it took so long to even get booked, I kept receiving answers like, “your music will not work here”, my brother had to talk to his boss and asked if we could do it there, it had no stage but enough space to make it work and we did, that night was so intense, not only the bar was packed (don't let anyone stop you ), but it was the first time my family saw what I was doing. I remember thinking on stage, I made it!

I could feel my band having my back, nothing could happen to me, a wrong note, a crack in my voice, they were there with me.

Sometimes it takes others to show you how great you are but never wait for them, because the minute you believe in yourself, the rest will follow.

I found my voice and my reason why at the same time, after this moment, things began to be a little lighter of course I didn’t get that at the time.

Coming out with my first French song JE SUIS SEULE on my solo album is a big deal to me, I have grown, but I am still learning.

A message to all of you out there!

DARE TO DREAM, TRUST YOURSELF, and always DARE TO BELIEVE you can make a difference. Shine Bright my friends.

Andrea Dee

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It’s Thursday morning and I have been up since 5 am, I can't sleep and there is no particular reason. I mean I do have a lot on my mind so maybe that's it, but I cannot put my finger on the specific reason, but that's ok.

In 1 day, my new single 'Somehow’ will be released. It seems like I have not done as much work as I did for ‘Not sorry’. I keep reading and listening to podcasts about successful people, and the thing that they all have in common is they keep going, keep moving, and remain patient; I must admit that my patience tends to grow thin at times and this causes me to doubt my work and the dedication I have to it. I know I will get the job done, whatever it takes and I believe that there are always ways to improve and learn but the hard part for me sometimes is convincing myself that I am doing enough and it causes me to not always enjoy the process of doing what I love. I put so much pressure on my quest that I forget to be in the now. Nothing is good enough. I am not myself. I don't recognize my body or the people I work with or my partner and everything seems difficult.

I feel tired and I feel exactly like I did in NYC (working like a maniac) and it doesn't feel good…

One night, on my way to a house party, I (for no reason) decided that nothing was right in my life, everything felt like a big deal, I felt disappointment. I saw myself from the outside and I didn’t like it. Who was this girl? Who was this unhappy person? This way of being was getting me sick, my stomach was hurting me, it felt like I was going to get the flu. Everyone around me told me that I needed to take some time off, and they were right because when your body says you are done, you are done! I took a long weekend, slept for 3 days; I couldn't believe that I could sleep that much. I felt so relaxed, and I took the advice of a dear friend that told me to stop and take care of myself so for the first time in months I pressed pause and it felt great. I ignored the voice in my head and decided to just be, and whatever felt right I would do, with no judgment. 

If these weird times have taught me anything it is that life is precious, so let’s not waste it, let's not be unhappy. Let’s change whatever makes us unhappy, cleanse, rearrange, and find our happiness. I am always talking about self-love, and it was in this moment that I needed to practice what I preach. I did, and it was wonderful.

Moving forward I must always check myself and refer to what makes me happy and remember how to get from the lows to the highs. I must take the time to do things that I love, and be ok with the things I do, Can I do more? Yes, but at what cost? The task will be done but the energy would be negative, and we all know how that goes….  

Things will always get done, I will control the things I can control and acknowledge and be ok with the things I cannot. I will do things that bring me joy, like sitting down at the piano and playing freely, or recording vocals just because I love it not because I have to. The point is that sometimes we must take a step back and see what works and what doesn’t, what brings me joy and what doesn’t, reassess and be ok with the outcome.

I will never stop pushing as much as I can, I will never give up, but moving forward I will enjoy every minute of it. 

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