Fly with Me
Andrew Dudum is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from San Francisco, California. Andrew is an artist with multiple and varied stylistic influences, including Classical, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Country and Hip-Hop/Rap. Andrew has always had a gift for music. He began playing the cello at age eight and performed with the Golden Gate Phiharmonic Orchestra for six years. He was a founding member of the Presto International Quartet at age 10 playing both public and private events. At age 12 Andrew simultaneously joined the Villa Sinfonia Orchestra with whom he performed at Carnegie Hall in 2002 and toured Austria, Prague and Italy in 2005. Andrew was also a San Francisco street musician-playing cello in downtown San Francisco's Union Square beginning at age 13. At age 14, Andrew taught himself to play the guitar and he began composing and writing the music and lyrics on his Fly With Me CD. Andrew wrote the music and lyrics on all ten tracks. His melodies and lyrics hold insights well beyond his years. He expresses the feelings of his peers in "It Wasn't Right", Don't Wanna Fight", "Prom Song" & "Busy Girl", and in contrast Andrew raises introspective issues reflecting back to the 1960's in "Freedom" and "Take Some Time". Andrew takes you on a musical journey staring perfectly with "Fly With Me" and ending with "Take Some Time". Fly with Me is a snapshot of Andrew's life. The lyrics are very personal, and his music is sophisticated. Andrew's unique melodies and chord combinations balance the album beautifully. Andrew plays all acoustic and electric guitar parts on his compositions, as well as cello on "Take Some Time". The softness of his melodies is captured in "Madeleine" and "Take Some Time". The tracks, 'Freedom" and "Sweet Virginia" have an entirely different feel as the acoustic and electric guitars drive the melody. "Church Boy", the first song Andrew wrote, begins with a beautiful string arrangement before dropping elegantly into the first verse seasoned with guitar, bass, drums and piano. The addition of strings and piano to Andrew's songs add texture and depth that only complement, and never diminish, the acoustic performance of his material. Fly With Me was recorded entirely at Andrew's home studio in San Francisco. No studio musicians, recording or mastering engineers were involved with the final CD, except for Andrew and his father who learned and worked together on this CD for an entire year. Fly With Me is released on Andrew's family independent label, DudumRecords, Inc. Andrew Dudum has the voice, look and song writing style, which will appeal to a wide spectrum of listeners. Everyone will love this album including the pop music crowd, their parents, as well as the indie music aficionado.