Andre Bisson - Beyond the Covers is a collection of great classic Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Rock, and Soul songs with Andre's arrangements and his band Andre & the J-Tones.
Musicians on the record: Andre Bisson (Vocals/Guitar), Dan Rodrigues (Guitar), Kevin Freer(Bass), Anthony Giles (Drums, Tambourine, Conga's), Jackie Chalmers (Alto/Tenor Saxophone), Loretta Hale (Trumpet)
Andre Bisson originally from the Sault Ste Marie Area moved to Hamilton, Ontario to study music and continue with a career in the music. In his early teens he performed 50's Rock `n` Roll music such as; Elvis, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry. He accomplished a lot at by age 17, André came 11 out of 150 in the Collingwood Elvis Competition, and at 18 he joined and played in a rhythm and blues band in Sault Ste Marie. Some great musicians that he has opened up for are; Jason McCoy, Diane Chase, and Beverley Manhood.
When he came to Hamilton he started a 6 piece Rhythm & Blues band called Andre & the J-Tones Rhythm & Blues Experience which includes a rhythm section as well as a Trumpet and Saxophone, the band now continues to play in Hamilton, the GTA, Niagara Region, Sault Ste Marie/Porquis Junction, Durham Region, Kincardine, Ottawa area, and Grand River area. Along with his originals, the band also performs music from Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, The Commitments, The Blues Brothers, The Temptations, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, CCR, The Guess Who, Bill Withers, James Brown, and so much more.
With a great presence André’s vocals have the power of Wilson Pickett as well as the gentle sound of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, the great talent of arranging, guitar playing, business knowledge, and of course his gutsy, raspy, and passionate/soulful voice. André has no problem delivering his songs with a heavy groove line making everyone in the room sit up and listen.