Jay Allen Sanford 8 a.m., Feb. 21
RIYL: Sue Palmer, Rihanna, Candye Kane, Victoria Robertson, Whitney Houston
Influences: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton
Soul, R&B, jazz, and blues singer Andra Day began singing at Chula Vista's First United Methodist Church and studied music at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. In October 2012, she released a cover of Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best” that peaked at #2 on the YouTube Music Charts that resulted in her signing to Warner Bros. Records.
Her debut album Cheers to the Fall, released in August 2015, was produced by Adrian Gurvitz (who previously collaborated on album projects with Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge) and Raphael Saadiq, and featured Questlove, James Poyser of the Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and the Dap-Kings. She next appeared with Stevie Wonder in an Apple commercial that aired over Thanksgiving 2015.
Cheers to the Fall earned a Best R&B Album nomination at the 2016 Grammy Awards, where she was also up for Best R&B Performance for the song “Rise Up.” Spike Lee directed the video for the first single from the album, “Forever Mine.”
Day's "The Light That Never Fails," recorded for the award-winning documentary Meru, was nominated for Best Song/Recording Created for a Film at the 2016 Guild of Music Supervisor Awards. She received the Powerhouse Award at Billboard's Women in Music ceremony on December 9, 2016, where she performed her hit single "Rise Up."
Her 2017 single "Stand Up For Something" (featuring Common), from the Marshall film soundtrack, was nominated for an Academy Award. The two stars performed the song during the 90th annual Academy Awards gala in March 2017.
At the end of 2017, Day was chosen to announce the Grammy Award nominees on CBS This Morning. In April 2018, she performed at the 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and then in August at the Newport Jazz Festival.
In 2018, her song “Amen” (released via Warner Bros. Records) was heard in an ad campaign for Genesis G80.
- Cheers to the Fall