Andrew Spice

andrew-spice-2 TEA Volume 2 & 3 compilation artist and TEA Showcase performer Andrew Spice sounds like no one else. Perhaps it was the immersion in classical music studies while growing up in the seclusion of Headingley, Manitoba; absorbing the beats and bravery of artists like Radiohead, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, and Massive Attack. The result is a brilliant new songwriter who, with only a piano and his voice, emotes a timeless quality unmatched in some of the most accomplished singer-songwriters.

After catching the ear of indie legend Emm Gryner with a demo recorded in his basement, Andrew immediately headed to the studio to work on his debut album. Produced entirely by Gryner and released on her Dead Daisy Records label, Pretty Demons came out to immediate critical raves. NOW magazine described Andrew as a “prodigy”; Chart Attack said his songs were “so genuine it breaks your heart”, and the Toronto Star called the album a “profound statement… a finger on our collective hearts”. Pretty Demons was nominated for an OutMusic Award for Best Debut Album, prompting performances in New York alongside fellow nominees Catie Curtis, Junior Senior, and Rufus Wainwright.

back-shot-squed1Since moving to Toronto just last year, Andrew has quietly but surely made a name for himself. He has shared the stage with both independent artists such as Gentleman Reg, Jason Collett, Dayna Manning, and Nathan Lawr; and with Canadian stars like Gryner, Sarah Slean, Ron Sexsmith, and Jann Arden. His live show was given a four-star review by Toronto’s NOW Magazine, which described his music as “profound”. He has been featured twice on the Toronto Experimental Artists compilation Volumes 2 and 3. Check out TEA Showcase Review in the Toronto Star. Listen to Andrew Spice

Martha’s Troubles

Martha's Troubles LiveTEA Volume 2 compilation artists and showcase performers Martha’s Trouble stick to the road and their incredible live shows. The married duo have recently released a Christmas release and received rave reviews from many sources including…Billboard critics choice top 10 in 2006 and a feature interview in Lee Magazine (Jen’s Song) This is a very inspiring interview and highlights the bands long and successful journey. An excerpt from the interview is below…When Jen returned to Houston after her one-year commitment, she knew music was her calling. In 1995 she was booking bands for a coffee house, when her future walked through the door. Rob had just returned from Richmond, Va., where a band he was in had fizzled. He was back in Houston, where his parents lived at the time, to regroup. And once again, he was looking for a band. A friend introduced the two, knowing of their common musical interests, but for Rob, something unexpected happened. Standing in the coffee house, he told his friend: “I’m going to marry that girl one day.”

Martha's Trouble EP 2008Martha’s Trouble are currently touring and playing shows in both Canada and the United States. Being dual citizens enables them to enjoy the ease of travel between the two nations.  Their live shows are sonically amazing and captivating as you can witness by viewing the Red Deer live performance link below. A new CD is in the works and all other Martha’s Trouble CD’s are at an amazing discount of $5.00 per CD. You can check out their large discography right here.

Check out radio live performance – Red Deer

Listen to Marthas Troubles