At first glance, it may look like Ingrid Andress’ 2019 solo breakout materialized from thin air. In 14 months, she amassed a steady list of accolades that many an aspiring singer-songwriter would hope to realize over the course of a career. An abbreviated version of that list includes: being recognized on Sounds Like Nashville’s 2019 list of country artists to watch, landing on multiple charts with her hit single, “More Hearts Than Mine” (the track would go on to be the only debut song by a solo woman artist to crack the top 20 of Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart in 2019), headlining her first international tour and making her national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
But just minutes into our conversation it becomes abundantly clear that what could easily be mistaken for a case of spontaneous combustion is in fact, the result of a steady, methodical burn that was sparked following her graduation from Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music. From there, the Colorado native spent time in New York and Nashville honing her craft as a songwriter and producer while working alongside an array of artists like Charli XCX, Sam Hunt, Bebe Rexha and Brooke Eden.
She speaks with conviction while reflecting on her decision to nurture her musicianship in lieu of seeking early notoriety as a solo artist. “It looks like all of this happened super quickly, but I feel like the past five years of me being a songwriter is really where all of this started. I don't think I'd have the confidence that I have right now if I didn't go through the grind of being a songwriter behind the scenes.” Though Ingrid would have you believe she’s “winging it all the time,” there’s a sense of intentionality that’s evident in her decision making and her songwriting, both of which are driven by a love for honest storytelling.