Law student turned country artist Nestor AnDress is set to open for Terri Clark in Champaign, Ill. at The City Center on August 4th.
Nestor, a Texas native, has been grinding and fighting his way onto the scene. He released his debut album, “Falling In Love” in February and since then stayed very busy touring the country. Check out our interview with Nestor below.
1. Before pursuing a career in country, you were headed to law school. Was that a difficult decision to change directions so drastically?
Not at all! I’m a man of faith, conviction, and purpose. When it came down to it, I’d be a fool to neglect such a beautiful responsibility. There was no doubt I would’ve been a great lawyer but I fell in love. The grinding road of Law School is/was a safer route with schedules, courses, and requisites. But, I didn’t care. So, I set the foundation with two questions so that further down the line I wouldn’t turn around and wonder why I was on this journey.
1. Why do I love music?
Simply, it’s always been there for me.
2. Why do I want to write, sing, and make music?
I want to return the gesture and be a part of people’s life soundtrack.
Knowing the answers to these 2 questions was all I knew about this journey. For me, it was all I needed to know at the time.
2. To people who have never heard your music before, how do you describe your sound?
My sound?! I may not know all the proper terms for sound but I believe it’s a modern approach on traditional country music. The steel guitar will always drive the majority of my songs and sound. I don’t feel comfortable with the thought of recording a sound that I can’t organically produce at a live show. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure my sound brings out the spirit of each song and its entity. After all, that’s what music is all about. I’ll let the critics call it or describe what they will.
3. You’re playing in Champaign, Ill. on August 4th, which is home to the University of Illinois! Do you play in college towns often and what is your favorite part about being on stage?
I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with Terri Clark in Champaign, Ill. She’s a phenomenal talent and working with the people of Illinois has been a great experience. College towns have the potential to be epic. Let’s see what this one has in store.
My favorite part of being on stage is the opportunity to introduce someone to Nestor AnDress. Not just the singer, the songwriter, or the story teller or even the entertainer, but the artist and everything that comes with it. I’ve said it before, I don’t care to be on stage and make music people can only hear but more importantly, music they can feel with all of their senses.
4. You will be opening for Terri Clark. What other artists have you had the opportunity to share the stage with?
That’s right! It’s going to be a great show and time to open up for Miss Terri Clark. I’m truly looking forward to that. As I have looked forward to sharing the stage with every artist I have had the privilege to. I just really love the idea of having artists come together for a show and creating memories, knocking down walls built up in people’s hearts, and unifying an audience for the love of music. A few of my favorites that I’ve shared the stage with are Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne, Craig Campbell…. and right after Terri Clark’s show, I’ll be headed up to Michigan to share my first arena stage with Rodney Atkins. There’s just no slowing down.
5. Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I love to walk around and meet as many people that are involved with the show as possible and especially all those early birds. Doing that allows me to feel the spirit of the venue and helps me visualize spontaneous acts for memorabilia. But, right before show time, I recluse myself for a hot minute to harness everything leading up to that moment that’s spiritual, emotional, and prepare to channel it. I leave it all out there.
6. Who is your dream duet partner?
Can’t answer this question yet.
7. What is next for you this coming fall and winter?
This fall, I’ll be putting out my first music video! And being excited about it is an understatement. It was an amazing experience to not only write the script for it but to play the role and capture what was envisioned.
I’m also planning on releasing my “Deluxe” Album for Falling in Love. It’ll have a few stripped down songs on this record and what I’m really trying to accomplish with it, is to give my fans and audience a more intimate feel for the song. Also, a behind the song documentary series will be accompanying it. It’ll take you on a pretty cool ride. From meeting the producer, to writing with purpose for a vision I saw in a dream. I don’t want the year to end without putting out something for my fans. And I’m going to make sure they get the best of me.
The City Center is located at 505 S Chestnut in Champaign, Ill. For tickets to the show, click here.