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Andy and Renee

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Since a chance meeting at the University of Denver, Canadian Andy Hill and his singing partner Renee Safier have carved out a unique musical niche for themselves in the Los Angeles music scene (and beyond). Their performances more than two-hundred a year are as much social gathering as musical event. Part fan family reunion, part rock & roll tent revival, their incomparable live shows attract a large, enthusiastic, and fiercely loyal group of fans.
As a songwriter, Andy Hill is a student of the folk and rock classics Van Morrison, The Band, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and it shows. Boundary-pushing use of the language, sweeping vocal harmonies, unforgettable melodic content, and tightly crafted arrangements are all hallmarks of his writing and producing style. As one reviewer said of Renee, "...Safier's voice oft drips with an aching sensitivity filtered through delicate beauty and a fragility that would break and disappear in less capable hands.... 
Andy & Renee, along with their band Hard Rain, have taken their unique sound and multi-instrumental skills (as well as being riveting vocalists, they both play guitars and keyboards) to venues large and small all over the world. Local Southern California highlights include House of Blues and the El Rey Theatre in Hollywood, and the Hermosa Beach Civic Center. They have also played at the Telluride Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Napa Valley Folk Festival, Sierra Songwriters Festival, Winery Music Awards and the Bob Dylan Festival in Alba, Italy. In July 2013, their PBS Concert Special, filmed at the ATLAS Black Box Theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder won an Emmy on Rocky Mountain PBS. Their twelve independent CD releases have won them countless awards, including: Los Angeles Music Awards Americana Group of the Year, Best Duo/Group at the International Acoustic Music Awards, Qweevak.com Top-40 CDs of the year (for their CD: A River is Gone), runner-up for best folk act at the Crossroads Music Awards, and a two year run in the Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band Semifinals.
Renee Safier, showcasing her prodigious blues and jazz vocal chops, won the Telluride Blues Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, receiving a rousing response from the 12,000-plus festival crowd. She and Andy have returned again and again for successful performances during the 3-day festival. Andy & Renee have also performed New Zealand, Ireland, Italy Thailand, The Philippines, China and across North America to approving crowds.
In addition to all this, Andy Hill and Renee Safier just celebrated their 23rd year hosting their own Bob Dylan Festival. What started out as a small once-a-year backyard party where a loose conglomerate of close friends would take turns performing Dylan classics all day and well I nto the night (or until the cops came), has evolved into a full-blown music festival attended by hundreds of fans and featuring many of L.A.s top musicians. 
Andy Hill and Renee Safier both live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

 

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