Introducing Andrew Ripp to the A&R Report. It’s funny how we discover an artist sometimes. In Andrew’s case, I found his music through the streaming app, Songza. His voice stood out the minute I heard his version of Mirrors by Justin Timberlake, he completely killed the other songs on the acoustic playlist! I later found that Andrew also had tremendous songs of his own, but it’s Ripp unique tone that definetely caught my attention because he sounds like no other.
He began as a songwriter- with a song on the Billboard 100 charts recorded by Ryan Cabrera, and other songs featured on American Idol, One Tree Hill, and Live To Dance, but grew comfortable in the place where his strong and powerful voice was the driving force behind each single. “The good ones,” Andrew says, speaking of excellent artists, “they leave space in the songs.” And over the last few years, Andrew has learned that skill. Having moved to Nashville with his wife at the encouragement of fellow musician and mentor Dave Barnes, Andrew settled into the songwriting town and began to hone his talents and grow as an artist, musician, and songwriter.
On the heels of the success of the album Won’t Let Go, which debuted at #3 on the Singer-Songwriter chart when it was released early last year to rave reviews, Ripp has made a stripped down acoustic album entitled Simple on Be Music & Entertainment. Simple features acoustic versions of ten tracks from Won’t Let Go as well as a cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” which has become a crowd favorite out on the road. The new album, Simple is now available on iTunes. He’s also touring in the US at the moment so make sure to visit his website for all the upcoming dates www.andrewripp.com .