Valley Resident Launches First Official Album

Raised on a farm in Dundee, Soesbergen has always had a natural inclination towards music.


Publié le 24 janvier 2017

Andrea Soesbergen on the guitar.

©Photo supplied by Andrea Soesbergen

Penning her first song at age nine, Dundee native Andrea Soesbergen began her musical career learning classical music, switching to the guitar in high school. At 22, the youth is beginning her last semester at McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, completing her degree in Agronomy. On Saturday, the 28th of January, Soesbergen will officially launch her CD, Fallen Leaves, at Grove Hall in Huntingdon (165 rue Chateauguay).

The idea for this EP came a few years ago, after countless people urged me to get my music recorded. Andre Soesbergen

Saint-Louis de Gonzague’s Jeremy Robidoux, better known as Jerbare, will open the show. Locals may recognize Robidoux from the band Run Snowball Run.

“[Writing music] has become my primary emotional release, it's how I process my feelings and understand myself better,” says Soesbergen. Part of the band known as Free Ride, the Valley local only began her solo career in college. “The idea for this EP came a few years ago, after countless people urged me to get my music recorded.” Things really started rolling for Soesbergen after she was encouraged to sign up for a youth competition at the Hudson Music Festival. She ended up winning free recording hours with a studio in Pointe-Claire, Studio RPM. “Since then, it has been a slow and steady process getting the album done, trying to find the right balance between recording and being a full-time student,” explains Soesbergen.  

As for the venue, Soesbergen explains that Grove Hall feels like home to her. “After all of the shows I've done there, plays I've been in and events I've helped with, the hall has found a special place in my heart, and the people who frequent it regularly feel like family. Mark and Tina have always been so supportive of my creative endeavors, even before Grove Hall existed, so it's really wonderful to be able to share this experience with them and the rest of this community that has been so supportive from the very beginning.”

Show begins at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door.