Ahead of his formal introduction into Canada’s music industry, Andrew is best known for his covers of some of music’s top artists like Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran and John Mayer. Until now, Andrew has focused his efforts to primarily boosting his social following with his music. Some of his best received covers include Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Colour” as well as Kent Jones’ hit “Don’t Mind.” His covers have even garnered him quite a strong fanbase in his hometown of Ottawa, where he’s performed some of his most popular ones on CTV Morning Live Show, CKCU-FM 93.1 and at Mike’s Place Pub at Carleton University.
Like many of his predecessors, Andrew’s musical journey started very early on. Thanks to his parents, he grew up listening to the likes of Billy Joel, Maroon 5, and Barenaked Ladies; artists who ignited his interest for guitar. While he began with piano lessons at six-years-old, Andrew moved onto professional guitar lessons in his early teens with Dan Hay (Amos The Transparent).His passion continued to flourish as he practiced along to the tunes of his biggest influences likes of Guns N Roses, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. In 2012, while only in grade 10, Andrew joined Jordan McIntosh‘s Country Band as a rhythm guitarist where he perfected his guitar and performing skills playing at Ottawa Bluesfest, Boots & Hearts Country Music Festival, Cavendish PEI Beach Festival and more. Besides his musical ambitions, growing up Andrew was also heavily involved in soccer, something he almost pursued professionally. After playing competitively for almost 10 years, he got scouted by a Queen’s University soccer coach at age 16. During what was one of the biggest crossroads in his life, Andrew took a leap of faith and decided to fully commit to his music career instead, a decision he hasn’t regretted since.
Besides pursuing a professional music career, in many ways Andrew is just your typical 20-year-old. He is a current student at Carleton University’s business program where he’s specializing in finance. Even with his busy schedule, Andrew still finds the time to teach guitar four times a week, something he’s done for the past five years.
I want to be recognized as an artist that does more than just sing, but one that also writes music with a purpose. I take every day as an opportunity to grow and hone my craft.
About Andrew Waines:
Andrew Waines is a 20-year-old singer and songwriter based out of Ottawa, Canada. Best known by his fans for his music covers of today’s top artists, up until now Andrew has concentrated most of his musical efforts by serenading and growing this fanbase on social media. He’s now excited to finally break away from the shadows of other artists for the official launch of his own music career. His first single, “Lovin’ Carefully,” which was recorded in Nashville, is an infectious pop track peppered with hints of blues and soul throughout. With his favourite instrument always on-hand, Andrew is also a professional guitarist and instructor to other music lovers. With his mastery of guitar, mixed with his soulful vocals – Andrew is often compared to John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes. His talent, charisma and boyish good looks have lead Andrew to be quite a staple in Ottawa’s music scene. With the launch of his professional career, he hopes his success could surpass beyond the capital and captivate music lovers across Canada. andrewwaines.com.