Andrew Waite is a passionate songwriter, performer and educator from Prince Edward Island who creates original music. Whether he is performing solo, duo, or backed with his full six-piece band, Waite delivers an unforgettably spirited sound with guitar-driven melodies and soulful vocals that leave a lasting impression.
His sophomore album, Tremors, was released in September 2018. It was recently the recipient of the Music PEI 2019 Rock Recording of the Year, and was also a 2019 nominee for Album of the Year.
Andrew Waite’s 2015 debut release, Burning through the Night, won the 2016 Music PEI Rock Recording of the Year award and garnered nominations for Songwriter of the Year and Group Recording of the Year. The first single ‘Someone to Hold Me’ was also a regional finalist that same year in CBC’s Searchlight Competition, gathering positive reviews as a third-round standout:
“If The Band came from Charlottetown, they might sounds a lot like Andrew Waite. ‘Someone To Hold Me’ could easily have audiences on a national scale swaying back and forth to this chorus.”
-Grant Lawrence 2015 CBC Searchlight Competition
Inspired by a range of artists including Dan Mangan, Glen Hansard and Bruce Springsteen, Waite has been steadily growing a fanbase following his Breakout Stage performance at the 2016 East Coast Music Awards. Subsequently, he has played the ECMA Rising Star and Bluebird North stages and was the selected PEI musician for the Atlantic Songwriters Tour presented by SOCAN and the Atlantic Presenters Association.
Tremors marks a turning point, straddling the line between full band rockers and intimate storytelling songs. The album’s first single, “Out and Out,” was released in June along with an official video produced by Brendan Henry (The Barbershop Sessions, Minotaur Creative). This album is by far the most progressive work Waite has released to date, and the collection of songs dance across genres - flirting with folk, rock, and pop. The album was engineered, mixed and co-produced on PEI with Jon Matthews (The Sound Mill). Holding nothing back, Matthews pushed the limits sonically, creating not only well-produced songs but a well-crafted album as a whole. The album was mastered by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering (NS). Tremors features an all-star cast of Island musicians including Evan McCosham (bass), George Maros (drums), Sean Ferris (organ/keys), Bruce Rooney (guitar/vocals) and Nikki Waite (sax/vocals). Guest appearances on a number of tracks include Rosanna Burrill (Hillsburn), Cynthia MacLeod and Leith Flemming-Smith (Matt Mays). From the fierce rock single Out & Out, to the thoughtful veteran tribute Cash It In, to the pop-heavy Faith, to the (almost) country-inspired track Dandelion Wine, this album delivers a diverse sonic collection, offering something to a vast demographic of listeners.
Come along. Start the record. Sing along. Like you need the release to belong.