Born in France a coal miner’s daughter, Pauline Andres made a name for herself with a sweet and smoky voice that “perfectly conveys the thoughts and observations of an old soul walking home at closing time.”
She grew up “a mutt” (her words) in a family of mainly Hungarian and Slovenian descent by the German border in a town where the local dialect was more common than the official language. Caught between the fun of it all and the harsh personal and social truths that lead to such an environment, Andres started taking notes.
She wrote her first song in broken English at the age of 8 and eventually learned what would be her third language by translating lyrics of Oasis songs with the help of her mom; a free, creative spirited tarot reader who always encouraged her daughter to do what she had to. That would include moving to several countries without a clue on how to pay rent, forming bands, doing odd jobs, getting heartbroken and leaving town to start over. “My mom has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. In my family, in my hometown, that is truly groundbreaking and brave.”
Andres’ nonchalant style serves an inclination for ordinary suffering and every day disappointments combined with subtle literary references. Her lyrics are inspired by 3am drunks as much as they are by Lovecraft novels.
She survived life threatening diseases, accidents of life or even tornadoes. She rarely gets into the details of them but they are a common thread to all her songs, whether she uses a country, rock or even electro framework to tell the story. Yet in the darkness, there is always a little light, a hope she holds dear to her heart and songwriting.
The songstress settled in Music City after several years spent mainly in London then Berlin, where she recorded the accidental EP Fuck You French Girl and 2 LPs: All Them Ghosts and The Heart Breaks.
It is the positive reception of The Heart Breaks in the US, that made her decide to move to Nashville, TN and focus more on working as a songwriter and producer. There, she released her 3rd LP Fearless Heart, telling the story of leaving the one home she thought she had found in Berlin to move to the South. During the recording of this album, Andres lost her voice to a severe and misdiagnosed infection. It wouldn’t be back for almost two years. After learning how to sing (and speak) again and despite a short-lived decision to stop making music, the first thing she did after recovering was write 15 songs in three days.
She is currently working on a new album expected in 2021 while producing several bands in town and just announced her first Electro-Pop EP “Tornado Season”, out in the Winter of 2020.
“Like Cline and Carter, Williams and Sandoval, Andres has helped us remember that it is often the simple things that will help us overcome” – The Revue
“A heart-wrenching lyricist whose words cut to the bone” – Bucket Full of Nails
2018 FEARLESS HEART
OLD SOULS RECORDS
2016 THE HEART BREAKS
OLD SOULS RECORDS
2014 ALL THEM GHOSTS