We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy McAndrew and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, any recent epiphanies you can share with us?
I think that many of us appreciate the power of human connection now more than ever. Being with loved ones helps us cope with challenges, motivates our best work and celebrates life. These relationships are a critical aspect of our emotional well-being. Hearing of the indescribable loss and seeing the photos of people speaking with their loved ones through windows without the luxury of human touch is something that has affected me deeply. If any good comes from this, I hope we can begin again with a newfound sense of gratitude and community that unites us instead of dividing us.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Music has always been my passion. I grew up performing in musicals, sometimes with my whole family in the cast. I always knew that’s what I wanted to do as a profession. Of course it wasn’t always easy. I was injured in a show in New York and I had to leave the show. My growing career in musical theatre was placed on hold and it took two years and surgery to fully recover. My husband and I moved from New York to Los Angeles and I started to think about other avenues to pursue. I realized I was an entrepreneur at heart and began to explore that side of me while keeping it tied to my love of performing. I loved music from eras gone by, aka the “oldies but goodies” — everything from 1920’s jazz to 1960’s Motown. My first endeavor was a 1940’s Andrews Sisters group. From there, I decided to expand on my own and started my company, Sunset Singers, with my husband and now business partner, James McAndrew. Sunset Singers provides live music and entertainment for corporate, public and private events, specializing in vintage entertainment. We started with a holiday trio, The Sugarplums, and have grown to six acts with several more in the works. I believe I’m most proud of the supportive community of singers and musicians I get to work with on a daily basis. When we started this company, one of our core objectives was to surround ourselves with positive people who are happy to share their gift with others. It’s very rewarding to hear from clients that not only have they found our performers to be incredibly talented but also wonderfully collaborative. It’s a very challenging time right now for many people including artists. Our livelihoods are based upon people getting together in large groups to enjoy music, concerts, theatre, and events. We are left wondering when we will be able to once again share our gifts and passions with live audiences. I hope that once we are able to perform again, live entertainment will be bigger than ever as we celebrate art, music and the importance of community. When that happens, Sunset Singers will be ready!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles is filled with the most interesting and beautiful places. There are a few places I love to take friends and family when they visit. Of course, we always love a visit to the beach. There are a lot of great options but we love to relax on the sand at Point Dume State Beach in Malibu. We bring a blanket and picnic lunch and spend the day. It’s a beautiful drive on the PCH and lots of fantastic places to stop for seafood on the way home. There is a gorgeous lake and meditation garden in Pacific Palisades, The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. You can walk along the flower lined paths, feed the ducks and swan and enjoy the peace and tranquility that can sometimes be hard to find in such a busy city. We love to go on a drive on Mulholland and enjoy the beautiful views of the city below and the Hollywood sign above. Afterwards, our out-of-towners like to drive down Hollywood Blvd to check out the Dolby Theatre and the Walk of Fame. Naturally when visiting Southern California, you must go to Disneyland. Our group, The Sweethearts perform shows at Downtown Disney throughout the year and The Sugarplums sing holiday tunes at Christmas. Disneyland is such an iconic place and there is something there for everyone, no matter your age. For those visiting who love antiques, it’s fun to hunt for treasures at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. It’s located in Pasadena and is huge with over 2500 vendors each month. Lots of fun and lots to see. Cocktails at Chateau Marmont, brunch at Geoffrey’s in Malibu, and the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market are all fun too. Just thinking about all the great places Los Angeles has makes me hopeful we’ll be doing all these things ourselves again soon!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my wonderful husband and business partner, James McAndrew. He has always encouraged me to follow my dreams, has supported me along the way and worked tirelessly with me to start and grow our company, Sunset Singers. This never would have been possible without him.