American country artist, songwriter & actress from Fort Worth, Texas. Best known as former background vocalist for Carrie Underwood and a contestant on NBC's The Voice Season 12.
Born in Fort Worth, TX, Andrea grew up in a family of gospel singers. She got her music start at four years old singing with her parents’ ministry to the homeless on the streets of downtown. It was through her experiences traveling with her family’s Gospel music group that she discovered her passion for singing and her love of helping people through music. Her grandfather, Jimmy Jones, was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. When her grandfather started a TV show on a local Christian network, Texas Country Gospel, she sang every week from age eight to 16.
After moving to Nashville with her family, Andrea studied at Belmont University – graduating 2009 with a degree in Music Business. She became a session vocalist and an itinerant worship leader releasing an independent album entitled, Awake My Soul, in 2011.
In addition to her musical talents, Andrea’s time in front of the camera also developed a love of acting. In 2012, she landed her first role in a faith-based film titled “Welcome to Inspiration”, starring as a young girl named Juliet. Shortly afterward, from 2012-2015, Andrea began singing background vocals for country superstar Carrie Underwood.
In 2016, a talent producer from NBC's "The Voice" discovered Andrea singing on youtube and encouraged her to audition for season 12 which would air in 2017. During her blind audition song, "Baby, Now That I Found You" by country/folk artist Alison Krauss, she landed a spot on coach Blake Shelton's team. In the second round (known as the “Battle Round” in which members of the same team perform together but are pitted against one another), Thomas advanced again. She and Micah Tryba sang the Rascal Flatts song “What Hurts the Most,” after which Shelton gave Thomas the thumbs-up. Shelton said she had that “country thing” that some people are “just born with.” During the next round called the Knockouts, Andrea belted out Faith Hill’s 2002 hit, “Cry" with an earth-shattering performance. She was paired against teammate Lauren Duski who Blake named the winner.
Andrea is debuting her new EP album in the summer of 2017 and is hard at work writing and recording in Nashville and LA.
Andrea strives to use her singing and acting abilities to promote her local community. She volunteers at various homeless shelters and serves at her local church. In addition to community service and outreach, she and her fiancé, Joshua Hand, lead worship at a church in Nashville, TN.