Athena’s back and she brought her friends for one of LA’s best musical nights
(Los Angeles) Back from a triumphant tour in New York, the Greek-British goddess of song, Athena Andreadis, celebrated returning to her adopted home of Los Angeles with a sprawling 18-song set at Genghis Cohen’s concert room featuring songs from her album and contributions by a brace of great musician friends. Backed by Deron Johnson on keyboard, Michael Ward on guitar, and Jimmy Paxton on drums – all stars in their own right – Athena was in a lively mood as she danced, bounced, laughed, and crooned through the evening, carrying a very happy standing room-only crowd with her.
Joining her over the performance were Warner-Chappell blue-eyed soul singer Conner Pledger, Angela Parrish – known to millions from her song “Another Day of Sun,” which opened the Oscar-winning film musical La La Land, folk-singer Sarah Melson whose music is familiar to fans of Grey’s Anatomy and other TV series, and singer/songwriter Joy Autumn who recently released the Sunny Lemonade album about her move to LA from Washington State.
Dressed in black silk shorts and top, with her golden hair and earrings framing a mile-wide smile, Athena was practically bubbling with grinning energy. Banter between the star and her band before opening up with “You Mean Everything to Me” from her album, Ready for the Sun, engaged the crowd from minute one. Everything about Athena telegraphed that this is going to a night to sing, laugh, and remember.
And it was. She gave us songs from the album including “Ready for the Sun,” “Stronger,” and “You Bring Me Luck,” often with audience members singing the words to themselves sotto voce. Moving from the microphone to the keyboard, Athena told the story of her collaboration with Leonard Cohen on his latest album, You Want It Darker, where she is featured on the hauntingly beautiful, “Traveling Light,” produced by Leonard’s son, Adam. She mused what it would be like for Cohen to return from 10 years of meditating and write and sing again, and then she quieted the room with a single line, “wild horses,” in as haunting of a voice as I have ever heard from her.
Athena Andreadis. https://athenaandreadis.com
Ready for the Sun is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play