beats by dr dre tour headphones Andra Day rises as soul songstress
ATLANTA A phone call from Stevie Wonder changed Andra Day’s life. He called Day and asked if he could work with her.
Wonder heard about the songstress from his now ex wife Kai Millard Morris, who discovered Day in a video clip. The clip showed Day singing in front of a strip mall in Malibu, California.
“I was so nervous,” she said. “I kept saying to myself that he’s just a regular person. But in the same breath, I was saying, ‘He’s a legend.’ I felt like a meteor hit my house. It inspired me to keep pushing.”
Day said her manager “sabotaged” her business relationship with Wonder, so it took more than a year to reconnect. After she left that manager, Wonder introduced Day to longtime producer Adrian Gurvitz, who signed her to his label, Buskin Records.
Now her career is taking off. The 31 year old singer is nominated for two Grammy Awards for best R album for her debut album, “Cheers to the Fall,” and for best R performance for her standout single “Rise Up.”
The Grammys will include a duet by Day and fellow nominee Ellie Goulding. Meanwhile,
Day is focusing on her upcoming 35 city concert tour.
Everything seems to be falling into place for Day, who typically mediates and prays daily.
“My prayers are being answered for my career,” she said. “These are prayers I’ve been praying for as a kid. There’s a reason I have this platform. There’s a reason I have this gift. It’s a blessing.”
Day has performed at the White House and is being featured on ESPN’s Black History Month special. She can be seen in commercials with Wonder and Serena Williams.
Filmmaker Spike Lee offered to direct the music video for her debut single, “Forever Mine,” after seeing her perform during a Nina Simone tribute at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Rise Up” caught the interest of Apple executives Tim Cook and Jimmy Iovine, who paired the singer with tennis star Serena Williams in a Beats by Dr. Dre commercial.
ESPN is featuring Day and her song “Rise Up” as part of the network’s Black History Month hourlong special, which airs Feb. 14. Her song will be featured throughout the special, which will honor a host of black athletes, including ballet dancer Misty Copeland.
Day credits her rise to her team of supporters, watching Wonder in studio sessions and the mentorship of Gurvitz and Raphael Saadiq, who helped produce “Cheers to the Fall,” an album she co wrote.
The singer said Gurvitz and Saadiq pushed her to tell an honest story about her life on her album,
including a past relationship where she often cheated on a former boyfriend of eight years.