Music Review: Missy Andersen – Missy Andersen
By Julian Grandke
August 2009

She undoubtedly sounds very original. Missy Andersen stirs up an enormous amount of emotion.

After having been around gospel and various soul classics, the Detroit-born singer took to the blues. All these influences have resulted in a broad sound that she has worked and refined in detail with her guitarist and husband, Heine Andersen. Her innate vocal characteristics – an inspiring, slight lisp – provide an unusual, but entirely pleasant impression.

Between two of her own songs, the debut album “Missy Andersen” contains reinterpretations of all the world classics such as “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles and “Tell Mama” by Etta James. This produces an almost automatic interplay between Missy’s charismatic voice, the numerous wind instrument sections, drums, guitar solos, and her other musicians. One has the feeling of being located in the middle of a great jam session in a dark, California blues cafe’. One can see in every note that the motive behind this album is music! And nothing else.

This album consists of pure groove and honesty in a way that you rarely hear nowadays. Missy Andersen clearly deserves to be heard.