Karen Lee Andrews returns with Edin, her first new release in more than four years. She’ll be joined by an all-star band for an EP launch in Sydney’s inner west this Saturday October 8th.

Blues and soul musician Karen Lee Andrews will release her new, five-song EP, Edin, on Friday October 7th. The EP was several years in the making and represents Andrews’ artistic growth since dropping the Ms. Murphy moniker and parting ways with her major label half a decade ago.

Andrews will celebrate the release of Edin with a launch show at The Great Club, Sydney, on Saturday October 8th. The 350-capacity band room sits on Livingstone Rd in the heart of Marrickville, just a short distance from the office of PM Anthony Albanese.

Andrews will be joined by regular accompanists, drummer Yanya Boston and bass player Adam Ventoura. Ventoura was Midnight Oil’s stand-in bass player for the band’s final tour of Australia, the US and Europe this year. Boston, too, is a seasoned touring professional, having played drums with Tina Arena, Ronan Keating, Thelma Plum and many more.  

Karen Lee Andrews

Joining Andrews, Boston and Ventoura will be guitarist Daniel March, keyboardist Shannon Stitt and backing vocalists Jade MacRae, Mahalia Barnes and Bek Jensen. All of the accompanying musicians contributed to Edin, which is Andrews’ first release since 2018’s Far From Paradise.

“They’re all on the EP, but I never thought that they would all be in the same country at the same time for my launch,” said Andrews. “They’ve literally moved mountains to be there. So, I’m so lucky.”

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Edin includes the stirring soul number, ‘I’ll Wait’, which applies the Stax soul sound to a work of deep significance for Andrews. “[It’s] influenced by my father, so that’s a very personal song for me,” Andrews said. “My father passed away when I was 21. I’m 40 now. And I was definitely my father’s daughter.”

Another EP highlight is ‘Promise’, a spiritual ballad that’s lifted up by an orchestral arrangement courtesy of producer Ben Rodgers. “‘Promise’ is by far my favourite song on the EP,” Andrews said. 

Karen Lee Andrews will perform at Marrickville’s The Great Club on Saturday October 8th with support from Julian Moss. Edin will be streaming everywhere on Friday October 7th.


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