Snatched from the country music underground, singer-songwriter Ingrid Andress has today (2/21) premiered the striking black-and-white video for her debut single, “The Stranger,” on the 24/7 digital music channel CMT Music and CMT.com as part of the CMT Artist Discovery Initiative.
Watch the breathtaking clip HERE.
Dedicated to connecting emerging artists with a passionate new fanbase, the CMT Artist Discovery Initiative has singled out Andress as an artist to watch in 2017, a talented Colorado native who was mentored by her teacher – pop songwriting icon and former American Idol judge – Kara DioGuardi at Berklee College of Music.
Bringing a soulful, often gritty and always-personal approach to her music, Andress joins the resurgence of bold female stars in country with her heart on her sleeve.
“It’s really about being real,” she says of her style. “I want everything to be out in the open and honest.”
“The Stranger,” a rootsy piano-driven ballad full of romantic desperation, was co-written by Andress with Ryan Lafferty about a couple struggling to keep the passion of their relationship from slipping away. Directed by Lauren Jenkins, its video is powerful, dark and moody, but built on real-life emotions and buoyed by the eternal hope of true love.
“I wanted to capture the emotion of the situation and spell out how lonely people feel at that point,” Andress explains. “Even though you’re in a relationship, you feel by yourself and that was something I wanted to capture – and I love black-and-white everything. It looks really classic to me.”
“The Stranger” is now available for download across all digital retailers.
About Ingrid Andress: Ingrid Andress is a country singer-songwriter from Denver, Colorado, with a drive for unflinching authenticity and a passion for personal storytelling. Mentored by her teacher – pop songwriting icon and former American Idol judge – Kara DioGuardi at Berklee College of Music, Andress has chalked up a genre-bending list of collaborations with artists like Akon, Charlie XCX and Vice while honing in on a bold country sound. Signed to Universal Music Publishing Group and Arthouse Entertainment, her aching-yet-romantic debut single, “The Stranger,” is available on iTunes now. Her music video for the piano ballad has earned the support of CMT, who have premiered the clip on CMT Music and CMT.com as part of their Artist Discovery Initiative. Andress is currently based in Nashville, TN, where she continues to write,https://www.countryschatter.com/2017/02/diamond-in-the-rough-ingrid-andress-uncovered-by-cmt-artist-discovery-initiative/New ArtistsNew ReleasesPress ReleaseVideosCMT Artist Discovery Initiative,Ingrid Andress,Kara DioGuardi,The Stranger,Twitter,Universal Music Publishing Group and Arthouse Entertainment