We listen to so much music that we often find out somewhat early about new artists. One of our great joys is introducing budding talent with your eager ears. One Chicagoland artist who just released his debut album, Dig Awhile [SPOTIFY LINK], this last September is singer-songwriter Andrew Haines. You can hear the influence of artists like Rich Mullins, Mitch McVicker, and Andrew Peterson in his songs. We were able to interview him just this week so you can get to know Andrew and his music.
UTR: In what way was music a part of your upbringing?
Andrew: Music, and particularly Christian music, played a major role in my life. My earliest memory of music was hearing a few of my dad’s cassettes – Don Francisco, Keith Green, Terry Clark, Bob McLeod – all of which I would play on repeat. Later my aunt sent me several cassettes of CCM artists like 4Him and Jars of Clay. I remember loving their songs and singing along with them. Even my teenage years were fully immersed in artists like Satellite Soul, Smalltown Poets, Caedmon’s Call, and others. I went through phases of listening to other music, but ultimately came back to the music that encouraged my faith. It wasn’t until my later teenage years that I discovered the music of Rich Mullins, and as a result, I would never be the same.