HOME GROWN WALLACEBURG TALENT ANDREW DAWSON and KRISTY SIMPSON ARE FEATURED THIS WEEK ON THE #SPOTLIGHT – HEARD DAILY AT 11:30AM DURING WEEKDAZE WITH JAY SMITH!
Born and raised in the small town of Wallaceburg, Ontario, Andrew and Kristy have known each other for over 10 years. They first met through Our Lady Help of Christians Church where they performed in the LifeTeen Music Ministry, alongside their fellow band members. As part of the band, the duo has performed catholic concerts and lead music ministry for a number of schools and events across Chatham-Kent and Lambton County. They have also been recorded on the 4 CD’s put out by the band.
Music has always been a passion for the duo, and with the COVID-19 Pandemic, seen an opportunity to cure boredom and spread positivity to the members within their community through their love for music. To date, Andrew and Kristy have recorded and shared 4 songs including ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta ft. Sia, and ‘You are the Reason’ by Calum Scott ft. Leona Lewis, and have even performed live at a small town café.
At the age of 23, Andrew has been able to teach himself to play a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, and viola, thanks to the unique experience he was given during his grade 8 year of elementary school. With the help and determination of music teacher Jennifer Trinca, Holy Family Catholic School was one of the first local schools to receive funding towards their music program. For the remainder of his grade 8 year, Andrew mastered the violin and only continued to improve his skills as the years went by. During his High School studies at UCC, he was able to learn the trumpet and even challenged himself by writing a song for his Grade 10 Romeo and Juliet project! After graduating College in 2019 with an Advanced Diploma in Marketing and Human Resources, Andrew was determined to get a job he could be just as passionate about, receiving a job offer from Community Living Wallaceburg where he has been employed since.
Kristy has been playing the piano ever since she was just a little girl, showing a strong dedication towards perfecting her abilities to play. Thanks to this dedication, her piano skills now accompany her unique and angelic voice immensely every time she performs. Throughout her years in high school, Kristy sought new opportunities that would allow her to expand her arsenal of instruments, and took on the challenge of perfecting the French horn. Following the passion she displayed towards music, Kristy also challenged herself in studying musical theory and learning the art of classical music. After completing high school, she began her studies in the medical field. To date, Kristy has been a registered nurse in Chatham-Kent for 20 years.