Growing up in the small town of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Caitlyn Smith was drawn to music at a young age. She put together her first band when she was 12 years old, drafting her brother as the drummer, and started cold-calling local venues for gigs. By the time she finished high school, she was writing and performing so often that her parents asked if she wanted to use her college fund to finance a record; she went on to make three albums before she turned 19.
"I cut my teeth in the Minneapolis clubs," she says. "All those times sneaking into shows was a defining time of my life, it left a huge mark on me. And the fact that there were these great artists who had come from Minnesota—Prince, Bob Dylan, Jonny Lang—made the idea of being a musician more attainable."
Smith moved to the Twin Cities and played everywhere she could, but she had also been told that Nashville was a gathering place for songwriters, so she drove south to check it out. Discovering a city of kindred spirits, she began finding connections in the writing community. "As often as I could afford it," she says, "I would take my Dodge Neon and drive for 14 hours, and started a period of going back and forth between the two cities."
The Starfire song "St. Paul" stands as her tribute to this chapter of her development. "It captures that spirit of how it all started," she says. "Wherever I travel, Minnesota will always be home."
Andrea Davidson Music
Andrea Davidson is truly a very special and unique independent pop singer and songwriter. She is well-known nationally and internationally for her ability to captivate audiences as a multi-instrumentalist and powerful one-woman performer.
Andrea’s gift to play her muted strat while simultaneously controlling drums with both feet, beatboxing, and playing bass are instrumental and production skills that must be seen, listened to, and appreciated. Add her effortless range and authentic vocal characteristics to the instrumentals and the performances are simply unforgettable.
With a deep commitment to music’s ability to bring people together, uplift, and heal, she has won an International Song of Peace Award and opened for the Dalai Lama as he toured the world to promote world peace and compassion.
Understanding music’s importance to childhood development, Andrea has worked as a committed Artist in Residence in Kentucky and has taught music to underprivileged children in South Africa. This year she will debut her Voluntour project to benefit music and the arts in K-12 schools across the USA.
After more than two years of hard work, Andrea is introducing her latest album “Shadow Painter” starting with a limited release this Spring. Its full launch is expected the Summer of 2018 and throughout Voluntour.
Additionally, if you are lucky enough to find it, check out Andrea’s “Rawferrings.” It’s a highly sought-after collection of unfixed, unmixed voice memos and demos giving you an inside look at the raw development of her musical and vocal artistic creations.