Watch List: Andria Simone Is Going To 'Do What I Want'
When we came across Toronto native Andria Simone last year, we needed little convincing that she possessed the type of talent that would take her places - unapologetically confident and assuredly self-possessed, she delivers the raw, grit-laden rasp of her powerfully resonant voice with a blistering, throat-shreddingly intense passion and an emotionally no holds barred honesty, leaving the listener in no doubt about the authenticity of her soulful, heart-on-the-sleeve musical aesthetic.
We were sure she was going places; and it seems Hennessy felt the same way, with Simone and her band of talented musicians, Those Guys, earlier in the year winning the international Hennessy Talent Quest 2014, which enabled them to travel to Cognac in France to perform at the Blues Passions Festival and visit the Maison Hennessy. As well as hitting the big stage, Simone and Those Guys gave their first ever acoustic performance as a full band in the idyllic setting of the Hennessy vineyard, playing the soulfully funky 'Do What I Want' from the 'Good Lovin'' album, with Simone's smoky rasp putting an errant lover in their place. You can check out Simone's experience at the Hennessy sponsored festival below -