| Andrée Leclerc|
Universal Music Canada
| November 1, 1990 (age 25)Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, Canada (1990-11-01) |
Black and White Heart, Memories
Sebastien Lefebvre, Shawn Desman
Pop rock, French pop music
Sebastien Lefebvre, Kiesza, Jean‑Marc Couture, Shawn Desman, Karim Ouellet
Andee (born Andrée-Anne Leclerc on November 1, 1990) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec. She rose to fame as a finalist on the Quebecois singing competition Star Académie before pursuing a solo career in English and signing with Universal Music Canada in 2014. Her debut single, "Never Gone", was released May 19, 2014 and entered the Canadian Hot 100 at No. 94. Her debut studio album, Black and White Heart was released on May 26, 2015.
Andee started singing in church choirs, and her interest in music evolved into taking singing and guitar lessons, teaching herself piano, and writing her own original music by the age of 11. Andrée-Anne attended Cégep de Drummondville, where she studied pop and jazz vocal studies. At the age of 19, Andrée-Anne toured Thailand and Malaysia with the all-girl pop cover band, Akasha. Soon after returning from her tour in Asia, Andee signed up for the fifth season of the televised Quebec singing competition, Star Académie, where she was one of the top four female finalists. This opportunity led her to working with Sébastien Lefebvre, from the Canadian pop rock band, Simple Plan, and singing on the bilingual versions of the songs "Kiss You Inside Out", by Hedley, and "Dum Da Dum", by Shawn Desman, in 2012.
In January 2014, Andee signed a deal with Universal Music Canada for her first album, as well as a management contract with Coalition Music. Andee continued to gain more mainstream success, with her song "We Are Gold" being used as a musical feature during the CBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Her first single, "Never Gone", was released on May 19, 2014, and the official French and English music videos followed on VEVO on June 26, 2014. "Never Gone" peaked at the number 40 spot on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 Chart. Andee's second single, "Sorries", co-written by P!NK, was released on October 21, 2014.
In July 2014, Andee shared the stage with Simple Plan at Brampton's Canada Day celebrations, and with Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Journey, The Killers, and more at Quebec's Festival D'ete. In the fall of 2014, Andee supported Demi Lovato on the Canadian leg of the Demi World Tour. Andee joined CHUM-FM's Breakfast in Barbados 2015 alongside pop rock band OneRepublic in April 2015, and performed alongside Simple Plan for the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy Tour on April 30, 2015, at Much in Toronto. Andee also performed with Jessie J at Metropolis in Montreal on May 6, 2015 and Cody Simpson at the Canadian National Exhibition September 1, 2015.
Andee released her debut album, Black and White Heart, on May 26, 2015. Contributors to the album include P!nk, Anjulie, and Kara DioGuardi (a former American Idol judge, as well as writer for artists such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Hilary Duff). Andee also received a nomination for best new group or solo artist in the AC category for the 2015 Canadian Radio Music Awards for her song "Never Gone". In 2016 Black and White Heart was long listed for the 2016 Prism Prize. During 2015-2016 Andee was the opening act for Marianas Trench during their Quebec stops for their " Hey You Guys" tour.