BHS grad on 'Voice'
Could Andrea Thomas, a 2003 graduate of Burleson High School, follow in the footsteps of Carrie Underwood to become America’s next great female country artist?
The 31-year-old musician and songwriter certainly had a great start Monday night – “crushing it,” as they say, during “The Voice: The Blind Auditions.”
Thomas, a Nashville-based singer/songwriter, was a background vocalist for Carrie Underwood from 2012 to 2015.
On Monday, Thomas’ rendition of “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” impressed judge Blake Shelton so much, he almost immediately spun his chair, granting her admittance to the next tier of NBC’s hit TV show.
Thomas’ full performance on “The Voice” is available online, but was used as only part of a montage during the show.
The online clip clearly shows Thomas visibly impressed many – if not all – the judges at one point or another during her performance.
Alicia Keyes, for instance, did not hit her button, but could be seen grooving to the richness of Thomas’ voice.
Then, as Thomas held one particularly high note, Shelton turned his chair, grinned and pressed the selection button.
Gwen Stefani, Shelton’s girlfriend at last check, gestured as if she too was going to hit her button, but at the last moment, pulled her hand back without doing so, slyly smiling in Shelton’s direction.
Performances such as Monday night’s are commonplace to Thomas, who at age 4 got her start singing to the homeless on the streets of downtown Fort Worth with her parents’ ministry.
“She discovered her passion for singing and her love of helping people through music,” according to the biographical information provided by her publicist.
Thomas’ profile on “The Voice” indicates she grew up in a family of gospel singers. Her grandfather, Jimmy Jones, was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. She honed her craft while traveling with her family’s Gospel music group, her publicist wrote.
At 9, she was singing weekly on her grandfather’s TV music show, “Texas Country Gospel” as well as in her local church choir. When her grandfather started another show on a local Christian network, Thomas sang on it every week from age eight to 16.
In addition to her music, she enjoys community service and outreach. Thomas and her fiancé, Joshua Hand, also lead worship at a church in Nashville.
After graduating from Burleson High School, she moved to Nashville with her family. There, she studied at Belmont University, graduating in 2009 with a degree in Music Business, according to her publicist.
In addition to her musical talents, Thomas has developed a love of acting.
In 2012, she landed her first role in a faith-based film titled “Welcome to Inspiration,” playing the role of Juliet.
Shortly afterward, she was contracted to sing background vocals for Carrie Underwood, an artist who also made her career start on a TV reality competition show.
“Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” was recorded by The Foundations in 1967. It was recut by original Foundations lead singer Clem Curtis, along with Alan Warner, in 1987.