Year finishes on a high note

Andrea Robertson with the Ross Lipson award. 162679

By Justin Flynn

ANDREA Robertson’s 2016 is finishing with a flurry of awards.
Andrea won the prestigious Ross Lipson award and has reached the top 30 in the Australian Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest.
The Ocean Grove singer, songwriter and musician was presented with the Ross Lupson award at the Queenscliff Music Festival. The award is in its third year and acknowledges a female from the local area who has shown excellence in, along with promoting and supporting, the local music industry.
“It feels like I’m pinching myself – it’s such a huge honour,” Andrea said.
“To be acknowledged for the part that I’m playing in Ocean Grove and the Bellarine, it’s a real honour and there would be many that would be deserving of it.”
Andrea said it was always a thrill to perform in front of local people.
“I love performing in the local community because I have such a strong connection here,” she said.
“It’s great seeing familiar faces in the crowd.”
The Ross Lipson award brought with it $1000 in prize-money and a $1000 voucher for Music Workshop. She will use the cash to fast-track her new album, which has been delayed.
Andrea is working on her second album, which will be released next year after initially hoping for a Christmas 2016 release date. It follows her debut album ‘It’s About Time’ from July 2014. Her music is blues influenced.
“Blues is a dominant theme fused with a little bit of folk and rockabilly – it just all seems to blend together,” she said.
Andrea entered some songs in the Australian Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest and has made the top 30 and is waiting on judges to announce the top 10 on 14 December.