C&S Magazine: You seem to have developed a love for music at a young age. What influenced you?
Ingrid Andress: Oh, so much. My mom started me on piano when I was six and music was playing all the time in the house. It just really spoke to me—all different genres, really. I loved listening to the lyrics of all these different songs and I was really obsessed with words. I guess that’s why I’m a songwriter. It was just something very early on that just felt right and it was the one thing I liked doing over and over again.
You mentioned songwriting and playing piano as a kid. Which singers and musicians have influenced you and your work?
What a list that is. My neighbors used to burn me CDs, like mix tapes, so I would listen to all the different types of music. The stuff that stuck out to me the most was probably like John Denver, The Chicks, Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks, Amy Brandt, just really amazing songwriters and singers who were passionate. I love artists who you can immediately tell it’s them when they start singing.
Country music is known for its storytelling and its sincerity. Can you take me through your songwriting process?
Yes. It usually starts with the actual events that happened in my life or to somebody that I know. I start writing down different ways it could be portrayed and different angles to look at it. That’s what I’ve learned about writing country music is that it’s always about the next layer of it. There’s a surface way to talk about this, but there’s also a real way to explain this and describe it, so I always push myself to be more vulnerable and to actually get to what I’m writing about instead of keeping it on the surface. That’s what I love about country music. If it’s at night, sometimes, tequila’s involved. Any type of tequila, really. It’s one of those things! [laughs]
What does music bring to your life?
Pretty much everything. It brings so many experiences that I wouldn’t have without it. Like for the Lone River launch, I would never have been in this situation. I wouldn’t have met all these powerful, influential women had I not pursued my own dream and my journey to be my own business owner and write my own music. To me, music brings people and life and experiences that are very special. It’s pretty crazy how music can bring everyone together so easily.