with Austin Plaine
Thursday, Dec 07, 2017 8:00 PM CST
(7:00 PM Doors)
SPACE, Evanston, IL
Andrew Ripp creates music that pushes the boundaries of genre stereotypes, blending the energetic beats of pop music into a soul culture and adding the depth and groove of soul music into a pop culture. Since beginning his career in 2005, Ripp's songs and records have successfully impacted a diverse and growing audience including true music lovers: fans that appreciate the nuances of a well crafted album, and easy listeners: fans who simply want to hear a catchy tune.
Having an awe-inspiring voice is one thing, but knowing how to use that voice to share lyrics and emotion in a way that moves those who hear the songs is quite another. Ripp has grown in this over the years as a respected songwriter with the voice of an artist. Won't Let Go comes on the heels of Andrew Ripp celebrating a #1 album on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in 2010 with his album "She Remains The Same," which was the follow-up to his debut album in 2008 "Fifty Miles to Chicago." Ripp, who is originally from Palatine, IL and now resides in Nashville, TN, is no stranger to the national music scene beginning his career as a songwriter and co-writing half of Ryan Cabrera's 2005 album "You Stand Watching," including "You Shine On," which landed on Billboard's Hot 100. Ripp has had a hand in writing songs that have been featured on "American Idol," "One Tree Hill," and "Live To Dance."
Since his last release, Andrew spent time writing and writing, not just creating a few songs and depending on his voice to carry the album. "The good ones," Andrew says, speaking of excellent artists, "they leave space in the songs." And over the last two years, Andrew has learned that skill. Having moved to Nashville with his wife at the encouragement of fellow musician and mentor, GRAMMY-nominated artist Dave Barnes, Andrew settled into the songwriting town and began to hone his talents and grow as an artist, musician, and songwriter.
His new album, "Won't Let Go," is full of the picks of the songwriting litter, with songs that resonate with the hearer as well as the creator. Working with award-winning producer Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Amy Grant, Holly Williams, Switchfoot) Andrew handed full control to him, allowing the songs to drive the recording process, not trying to turn the songs into something they weren't. You can hear that too -- the wrestling, the release, the emotion, the growth of the songs to a new sound that somehow feels familiar.
A touring artist as well, Andrew's live performances continue to move the audience in just the right ways. Crowds don't want him to leave the stage when the show is over, and he's not sure he's ready to leave either. He has opened for and toured the country with artists including Jon Foreman, needtobreathe, Will Hoge, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Ripp continues to tour around the country in support of his forthcoming release "Won't Let Go," for the audiences that have supported him throughout the years as well as the new ones he continues to steadily make along the way.