Tennessee native Jessica Andrews was born into a musical family, and found singing was her niche in a fourth-grade talent show. Her version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" won first prize and set her on a path that took her to local fairs and carnivals -- anywhere she could sing.
Word of mouth about Andrews' talents spread, and soon friends of Nashville producer Byron Gallimore insisted he listen to her. Intrigued by her range and tonal control, he and Andrews went into the studio and began choosing songs to record. Gallimore also invited DreamWorks Nashville label representatives to a showcase Andrews performed at, where she was offered a contract immediately. Her debut release for the label, Heart Shaped World, came out in 1999. Who I Am followed two years later. Who I Am followed two years later; the title track earned Andrews her first #1 country single. 2003 saw the release of Now, which introduced a slightly more down-to-earth, grown-up sound.
~ Heather Phares