By Racine Guajardo
Andrea Hamilton grew up in the Kansas City area, always singing in school and church. She calls her style of my music “Hopeful Pop.” She wrote her first song in the fourth grade, then at the age of sixteen winning her first songwriting award as one of the Top New Writers from GMA (Gospel Music Association).
Hamilton was in several bands; however at the age of eighteen she decided to move to LA to pursue a professional career as a singer/songwriter. This led Hamilton to the opportunity to tour internationally four times, all over the country as an independent artist, and through NACA (National Association of College Activities). During this time she released multiple albums, including a faith-based record or original worship songs.
Between the years 2009 and 2010, Hamilton was forced to end an international tour early because of some health issues. Once back in the U.S., she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions and an “incurable” infection that may have been chronic Lyme disease or something similar. Hamilton recalls her mind set at that time stating, “All that to say, I got really sick, doctors were at a loss and I didn’t know if I would ever sing or perform again. During that time period, I couldn’t do much and it hurt to play piano or guitar – but I was determined to write songs about my experience and share what was on my heart. I wrote about healing and holding on to hope, and when I started to recover and sing again, a lot of those songs ended up on my last few albums. I listened to so much music that inspired and comforted my heart even when I could tour.” Hamilton’s resume is impressively extensive, including but is not limited to some of the following; writing with pro writers like Kevin Fisher, Ashley Argotta, Matt Arcaini, Jonathan Lee, Eman Cervantez, Tyrone Wells and many others. As well as co-writing with; David Das, Matt Arcaini, Jordan Lawhead, and artist Tyrone Wells. Many of her songs were being placed in network television shows such as; Extreme Home Makeover, Bachelor in Paradise, Preachers of LA, Too Young to Marry, Mystery Millionare, Ex and the Why, My Giant Life and many other shows as well as indie films.
In 2013, she released her Christmas/holiday record, that same marrying her husband Trent. The two are now Eastvale/Norco area resident. She has released some singles and cover songs between 2015 and 2016, however Hamilton states, “my main focus has been this independent album, Hope and Struggle, which is a record about finding the good in a difficult life and growing from trials. I co-produced the record, which is a first for me and was a great experience.” When Hamilton was asked what she wants people to know about her, she says, “I write and share my songs with the goal of touching people with hope and healing. Music has helped me through my hard times. I want to share my story with others so they can feel less alone in theirs.”
She has created a top three musical influences list that includes; India Arie because her music carries a hope and a depth that have greatly inspired my own songs, Ingrid Michaelson because their creative, quirky sound choices are strikingly similar as well as Michaelson being a great songwriter who’s not afraid to be herself, and lastly Sia because she admires her pop sensibilities and her perseverance in the music industry.
Hamilton shares personal advice saying, “I want people to know that there is always good to be found in the hard times. Much of this album is about the hidden blessings of having difficulties in life. You become a better, more generous person. You have empathy and motivation to help others and make the world better. You learn just how strong you really are. And you learn to cherish the good moments. You can really only learn to live with joy during and in spite of struggle; that’s what real hope is.”
She often performs at venues in OC, IE and LA. Andrea’s new album called, Hope and Struggle will be out Feb 1, and she will be having a special Album Release Show on February 24 at Hotel Cafe in LA at 8 pm. Everyone who attends will get two signed copies of the album. If you don’t want to drive that far, she also sings almost every Sunday at her church, Inland Hills Church in Chino. You can hear her music on Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora, or available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, as well as her website www.HopefulAndrea.com – where you can sign up for her newsletter and receive free music as well. She can be found on multiple social media accounts: Facebook: facebook.com/AndreaHamiltonMusic,Instagram: HopefulAndrea, Musical.ly: HopefulAndrea, Twitter: AndreaHamilton, Site: HopefulAndrea.com