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Summer Love Tour: Five Questions with Andra Suchy

August 15, 2011

PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Summer Love Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Andra Suchy, Heather Masse, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.


Andra Suchy spent her childhood on a farm near Mandan, North Dakota, the daughter of two talented singers. She and her husband, Andrew Pierzina, make their home in Minnesota, where Andra sings with Andrew and with several Twin Cities groups -- including the all-girl trio The Dollys. She has also worked as a jingle singer on commercials for White Castle, Target, and more. Andra's solo CD is called Patchwork Story. She recently signed with Red House Records.

When did you first know you wanted to be a singer?

I don't think it ever hit me, it was just something that I'd always done. It would have been weirder to take on a different job.

What is your favorite duet to sing with Garrison?

"Bramble and the Rose." It was one of the first ones that we ever did together and I think it suits us and it has some sentimental value for me, too.

What did you miss back home?

I missed the annual Suchy Bohemian Hall Festival, a.k.a Suchy Fest. Our family festival. It happens in Mandan, North Dakota, on the Saturday evening closest to the full moon in August, which was August 13th. This year there were over 600 people.

Will we be hearing you in any new commercials?

I'm on the Stella commercial. I'm also doing the voice over for the new McDonald's strawberry lemonade campaign.

What was your favorite memory of the tour?

Waking up to my view in Louisville. The botanical gardens in Michigan were beautiful, too. But my personal highlight was being able to spend so much time with everyone -- the music and the laughing.

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