Andrée-Anne Leclerc is known as Andee, with her fresh, incomparable voice and breathtaking talent.
Born into a family of musicians, from early on Andee’s daily life evolved to the rhythms of popular music, both in French and English, which would reverberate in the living room at home. It comes as no surprise therefore that at the tender age of five, Andree fell under the charm of the performing arts when attending an amateur performance in her hometown of Saint-Jean-Chrysostome on the south shore of Quebec City. When she was seven, Andee began singing in churches, either solo or as a member of various choirs, building a solid musical background that she still draws on today.
From the age of 11, Andee naturally took successive singing and guitar lessons, and also taught herself to play piano. As she entered her teenage years, inspired by the likes of Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney and Pierre Lapointe, she began to write, composing her first poems and melodies. During this period, prompted by her curiosity and passion, Andee sang with several bands with diverse influences ranging from rock to blues, and from disco to pop.
In 2011, after pursuing pop and jazz vocal studies at the Cégep de Drummondville, she headed to Asia. Having just turned 19 at the time, she spent a few months in Thailand and Malaysia, touring with a girl band and performing the greatest pop songs of yesterday and today.
The Star Académie frenzy
Buoyed by this experience, Andee returned home in 2012 and signed up for the 5th edition of Star Académie. Quebec audiences immediately fell under the spell of the talented singer-songwriter and natural show woman who dazzles by her poise the moment she sets foot on stage!
It didn’t take long for Andee’s creative energy, exceptional voice and stage presence to draw the attention of Universal Music. She was offered forthright a duet with the up-and-coming band Hedley on the bilingual version of the song Kiss You Inside Out, a tremendous success on the Canadian charts in summer 2012.
A decisive encounter
In the spring of 2013, Andee crossed paths with Sébastien Lefebvre, lead guitarist of famous Canadian pop band Simple Plan. The chemistry between the two artists was there from the very first session when they embarked on a creative process that would lead to a close collaboration, both in terms of the melodies and lyrics. Andee quickly developed an acoustic universe of her own, an organic pop rock with soul undertones.
All this culminated in January 2014 when Andee signed an agreement with the team at Universal Music for the recording of a first album in English produced by Sébastien Lefebvre.
Leading up to releasing her album, Andee had pleasure of opening the show for international superstar, Demi Lovato on her Canadian tour. The shows took Andee across Canada for the first time, signing autographs and taking pictures with new fans after her set, Andee made an instant connection with her audience and catapulted her first single, “Never Gone” into the top 10 on the radio charts, a great set up for the release of her debut album.
Black And White Heart (released May 2015), reveals a fully-fledged artist with a maturity and sensibility rarely seen in someone who is only 23 years old. On this full length record, in a bold yet sensitive manner, Andee openly addresses such topics as love with all its ups and downs, self-discovery, freedom… in other words, life!
Her second single, “Sorries” saw radio success as well breaking the Top 10 in the spring creating a tremendous runway for her current single, and title track “Black and White Heart”.