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Jessica Andrews Biography

Jessica Andrews Biography

Jessica Andrews (born Jessica Danielle Andrews, December 29, 1983 in Huntingdon, Tennessee) is an American country music singer. At age 15 in mid-1999, she made her debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts with the single "I Will Be There for You", from her debut album Heart Shaped World, released in 1999 on DreamWorks Records Nashville.  Andrews saw her biggest chart success in 2001 with the song "Who I Am", a Number One country hit and the title track to her second studio album, which was certified gold in the United States. A third album, Now was released in 2003 to disappointing sales, while a fourth album (tentatively titled Ain't That Life) was never released due to Dreamworks' closure; she has not recorded since.  Jessica Danielle Andrews was born in Huntingdon, Tennessee to parents Jessie and Vicki Andrews. Andrews learned her passion for singing in the 4th grade, when she sang Whitney Houston version's "I Will Always Love You" in a talent show.[1] From then on she sang at fairs, parades, and other local events. After being discovered by producer Byron Gallimore, Andrews signed with DreamWorks Records Nashville and soon began working on her first album, Heart Shaped World.  At the age of 15, Andrews released her debut album, Heart Shaped World. Serving as its debut single was "I Will Be There for You", which reached #28 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in 1999. In March of that year, she also performed the song on an episode of the soap opera Another World;  one month later, she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Heart Shaped World also produced two more Top 40 country singles in "You Go First (Do You Wanna Kiss)" and "Unbreakable Heart", while the fourth single ("I Do Now") failed to reach Top 40. The album itself peaked at #24 on the Top Country Albums charts. Andrews was also featured on the premiere episode of On the Verge, a television series on CMT which followed the careers of up-and-coming country artists.

Who I Am was the title of Andrews' second album, released in 2001. Andrews, who was seventeen years old when Who I Am was recorded, described the album as a more mature effort than Heart Shaped World, by focusing on the emotions that come with growing up. Serving as the album's lead-off single, "Who I Am" became Andrews' first Number One hit on the country music charts, in addition to peaking at #28 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. In a 2001 interview, Andrews explained that she recorded the song (which was written by Brett James and Troy Verges) because she felt that its lyrics were especially fitting to her own life: "Everything is so true in that song, except that my grandmother's name is not Rosemary. It's about believing in yourself and being supported by those around you. No matter how many mistakes you make, your friends and family will be there for you." Also included on the album was Andrews' first songwriting credit in the track "Good Friend to Me", which she co-wrote with Annie Roboff and Bekka Bramlett.  Andrews spent 2001 on tour with Billy Gilman to help promote her second album and its lead-off single; she would later tour with Tim McGraw as well. The success of "Who I Am" also earned Andrews a Top New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music, while the album itself received RIAA gold certification for sales of 500,000 copies only four weeks after its release.However, its second and third singles ("Helplessly, Hopelessly" and "Karma") peaked at #31 and #47, respectively, on the country charts.

Now was the title of Andrews' third studio album, also released on DreamWorks Nashville. Its lead-off single, "There's More to Me Than You", reached Top 20 on the country singles charts, while the second (and final) single, "Good Time", failed to make Top 40. The album showed also showed a more mature side to her music than on her first two albums, with more of an emphasis on ballads. Also in 2003, she befriended and began dating songwriter Marcel, co-writer of "There's More to Me Than You".  In late 2004, Andrews charted a duet with Bret Michaels of the rock band Poison, entitled "All I Ever Needed". The song was Michaels' only country hit, peaking at #45. Shortly afterward, Andrews began work on her fourth studio album, tentatively titled Ain't That Life. Its lead-off single, "The Marrying Kind", failed to chart, while "Summer Girl", the second single, peaked at #46 in mid-2005. DreamWorks' recording division was dissolved shortly afterward, however, and Ain't That Life was not released.

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