Within the past two years, Ingrid Andress has emerged as one of country music's most promising new stars. With her talent as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Andress is poised to see a successful career in country music. The Berklee College of Music graduate is already on the right track with her Top 5 debut single "More Hearts Than Mine" and her debut album, Lady Like, which charted within the Top 10. She has a handful of award nominations under her belt from country music awards shows such as the CMA Awards and ACM Awards. She was also nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2021, including Best New Artist, Best Country Song for "More Hearts Than Mine" and Best Country Album for Lady Like. At the 2021 CMA Awards, Andress is one of the nominees in the New Artist of the Year category alongside Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Mickey Guyton and HARDY. While Andress continues to forge her path as a country artist, here are five of her best songs, so far.
5. "Waste of Lime"
This lighthearted tune was released as a promotional single from her Lady Like album, but it doesn't deserve any less attention than her other songs. The song turns the classic breakup tune on its head with his bouncy beat and clever lyrics as Andress declares that her ex was nothing but a "waste of lime" in a drink.
4. "The Stranger"
While Andress takes the end of relationship lightly in "Waste of Lime," she's dead set on saving a failing love story in "The Stranger." Featured on her Lady Like album, this sweeping piano-driven ballad finds the singer-songwriter longing for her and her partner to be strangers once again, so they can spark the passion of their relationship. This song only managed to break the Top 50 on the Billboard Country chart, but it serves as an example of Andress's emotive music and storytelling.
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3. "Wishful Drinking" (with Sam Hunt)
In August 2021, Andress teamed up with Nashville veteran Sam Hunt for "Wishful Drinking." The song, which leans more pop than Andress's previous songs, was co-written by the Colorado native along with Jonny Price and pop singer JP Saxe. The upbeat tune finds Andress and Hunt singing from the perspective of two ex-lovers who meet in the same bar and hope to reignite their relationship. Hunt also joined Andress for the song's music video, which illustrates the story of the song.
2. "Lady Like"
One of Andress's most striking songs is "Lady Like," the title track from her debut album. In this larger-than-life tune, Andress sings about the kind of woman she is, and while she might not be "lady like" by societies standards, she's lady like by her own standards. She describes these standards throughout the song with clever lyrics, ending the chorus with, "Lipstick in a cigarette pack on the dash / I'm a lady like that." The music video for "Lady Like" was nominated for the Video of the Year at the 2021 CMT Music Awards.
1. "More Hearts Than Mine"
The debut single from her Lady Like album, "More Hearts Than Mine," has undoubtedly been Andress's most successful radio single so far, but it also holds its own among her other tunes. In this tune, a sweet piano melody accompanies Andress as she sings about bringing a boyfriend to see her hometown and meet her parents. She sings about how her father will check her boyfriend's tires, her mother will fall in love him, and her high school friends will show him all the old photos of her. While these might seem like good things, they come with a warning -- if they ever break up, the boyfriend won't just be breaking Andress's heart, but he'll be breaking the hearts of her family and friends as well. "More Hearts Than Mine" peaked at No. 3 on the Country Airplay chart and was certified 2x Platinum.