11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s more than a touch of the heroic to Andrew Ripp’s music; it’s the boldness of his sound that gives Ripp the aura of a champion. “Star,” “When the Deal Goes Down” and “Growing Old Too Young” radiate defiance and resolve thanks to assertive vocals, brawny guitar work and uplifting choruses. “Peace Like a River” (not the Paul Simon song by the same title) burns with a stubborn idealism, driven home by slide guitar and a soulful groove. The artist’s growing Christian faith finds expression in tracks like “Savior” (a blues celebration of God’s constant presence) and “You Will Find Me” (a prayer of thankfulness with old-fashioned gospel overtones). Turning down the volume, Ripp shines in an acoustic setting with “Forever After Love” and “The Good I’ll Do,” inviting comparisons with Jason Mraz and Steve Forbert. Overall, She Remains the Same manages to combine classic-rock aggression with more intimate country and folk elements with surprising ease. Behind these elements is a restless, still-developing talent, spurred on by ambition and tempered by faith.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s more than a touch of the heroic to Andrew Ripp’s music; it’s the boldness of his sound that gives Ripp the aura of a champion. “Star,” “When the Deal Goes Down” and “Growing Old Too Young” radiate defiance and resolve thanks to assertive vocals, brawny guitar work and uplifting choruses. “Peace Like a River” (not the Paul Simon song by the same title) burns with a stubborn idealism, driven home by slide guitar and a soulful groove. The artist’s growing Christian faith finds expression in tracks like “Savior” (a blues celebration of God’s constant presence) and “You Will Find Me” (a prayer of thankfulness with old-fashioned gospel overtones). Turning down the volume, Ripp shines in an acoustic setting with “Forever After Love” and “The Good I’ll Do,” inviting comparisons with Jason Mraz and Steve Forbert. Overall, She Remains the Same manages to combine classic-rock aggression with more intimate country and folk elements with surprising ease. Behind these elements is a restless, still-developing talent, spurred on by ambition and tempered by faith.

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About Andrew Ripp

Now based in Nashville, singer/songwriter Andrew Ripp began his music career in Palatine, Illinois, where he broke through writing mainstream pop songs for other artists. His songs were featured on American Idol and One Tree Hill, and in 2005 made it into the Billboard Hot 100 when his music was covered by Ryan Cabrera. With his soulful voice and catchy tunes, it wasn't long before he made his own recording debut with 2008's Fifty Miles to Chicago, which debuted at number one on onlilne singer/songwriter charts. He continued to develop his songwriting approach and toured across the U.S., Europe, and even the Middle East in 2009. The following year he released his second album, She Remains the Same, again on his own label. After relocating from Illinois to Nashville, he signed with Be Music & Entertainment and, working with Grammy-winning producer Charlie Peacock, released his third album, Won't Let Go, in 2013. He quickly followed up in 2014 with a stripped-down acoustic album called Simple, which featured acoustic versions of ten tracks from Won't Let Go along with a cover of Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," a crowd favorite from Ripp's live set. ~ Timothy Monger

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Palatine, IL

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