"Celebrated as a Songwriter by Billboard and Rolling Stone Magazines"
Andreus, a native of the south side ghetto of Chicago, has already gained European acclaim for his hip-hop-soul symphony, “Street Troubadour” (Dialogue Group/WEA). It was released overseas as essentially a home demo in 2002, then domestically re-released in the United States with a handful of new tracks and spiffier production. “Street Troubadour” merges inner-city blues laments about drugs, gangs and wayward youth with wah-wah guitars, keyboard funk and shimmering string orchestrations. Andreus’ first musical love was hip-hop. “At age 7, hearing the first rap tunes coming out of the East, it took over the 'hood--it was like an A-Bomb that blew up our culture," says Andreus. "I started writing lyrics and battle-rhyming on the street corners. We were children of Vietnam veterans looking for some music to call our own, and this was it."
Many of the songs on "Street Troubadour" were improvised in front of the microphone. Andreus poured out a lifetime of observations about street hustlers, prostitutes, gang bangers and drug dealers. His songs were underpinned by subtle moralizing; a sense of having lived and learned about what young underprivileged ghetto denizens will do "For the Love of Money," as one song says.
Andreus has opened up for Boys II Men, Kindred the Family Soul, Kem, and Amel Larrieux.
To inquire about music from Andreus, including "All I Need" which plays on this page, or to involve Andreus in writing your next hit record, please e-mail, Andreus at firstname.lastname@example.org
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