We are excited to announce that Andre will be performing at our Match for Life 16th Annual Gala, taking place on August 23, 2015 at the Glendale Hilton. We are grateful to have an extremely loved and talented singer as a highlight in our program. Below you can find information about Andre’s background and his journey as an artist.
Andre was born on July 8th,in the city of Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh,in the family of Hovnanyans was born a boy who was named Andrey and who would later become the deserved descendant and the pride of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, as well as Armenia.
As a child, Andre has been very active and creative. Growing up in a conflict area constantly subject to warfare, Andre acquainted himself to difficulties in life which gave birth to a real patriot inside him. He liked the nature in his motherland and would often climb up the mountains alone.
His professional career in Yerevan started at Yerevan State Theater of Song in 1998. The head of the theatre, Artur Grigoryan, noticed Andre in one of his performances in Kharabakh and offered him to move to Yerevan and establish a singer’s career in The State Song Theater. Confronting some disagreement and disapproval with the family, Andre came to Yerevan at the age of 18 and started working with Artur Grigoryan. Andre was also accepted to the Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas majoring in Jazz & Vocal. The highest point in his career arrived when Andre was unanimously selected to be the first ever representative of Armenia in Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Greece. Andre became one of the best and favorite artists of that year and took the 8th place with the song called “Without Your Love”. The after-Eurovision success declared about itself when Andre got invitations from different countries and started collaborating with various artists he had met during the contest. Andre has also recorded duets with Armenian famous singers such as Varduhi Vardanyan, Hasmik Karapetyan, Eric and others. The latest duet that Andre presented to his audience is called “Come back” and featured famous American singer Samantha Jade.
Andre’s first album is called “Yes em” (It’s me) and includes old Armenian folk songs as well as songs written especially for Andre. The heart of the Armenian audience was captured by Andre’s single “My love to you” released in 2004. The success of the song was in the similarly achieved by Andre’s next singles “Ser es u mi kyanq” “Qaminer” “Chem karox taqcnel” and others. In October 2005, Andre released his second album entitled “Only love”. Andre did a bigger concert in October of the same year in support of his newly released album “Only love”. Andre’s next album was released in October of 2006 and was called “1000x” which introduced new songs with folk-rock arrangements accompanied by other already known and new songs. 2006 was rich with tours in Europe and United States of America where Andre gave wonderful concerts. 2007 continued with the same enthusiasm and Andre started working on his following album which is called “The secret to happiness”. This album is a mixture of spiritual and love songs and was released on July 8th, 2008, on the day of Andre’s birthday when he presented his new album and the DVD of his first solo concert in Yerevan.
With tremendous success and recognition, Andre is an expected and loved singer in Armenia and Diaspora. He has toured with great concert programs in Iran, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, USA, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Holland, France, Greece, United Kingdom and other countries.