How can an autistic woman who spent most of her life hidden away, convinced no one would want to listen to her, now go onstage multiple times a week and sing about her autism--and get audiences clapping and swaying to the beat everywhere she goes?
Andee Joyce, aka Normal Fauna, doesn't sing just about her autism (which she first found out about well into adulthood), but her "alternate wiring" affects everything she hears in her mind, the way she looks at the world, and the quirky, catchy rhythms she moves (and writes) to. She might make you want to slow-dance to a song about the Venus of Willendorf, simultaneously laugh and wonder during a ballad about the Beach Boys, or gospel-clap with her while she sings about making music with just the human body, in her expressive, textured, highly elastic "girl tenor" voice.
She can provide interesting background music, but if she has a participatory crowd, she is happy to lead sing-alongs, clap-alongs, and flap-alongs, or sometimes provide the audience with percussion instruments to "bang along" if they wish.
Andee has performed all over the Portland, Oregon area -- including virtual public and private shows during this lockdown period. She's originally from Brooklyn, New York. Her song "Imagining Things" was selected for the Local Roots Music NW Volume 5 CD, and her upcoming single, "Make You Wanna Dance," will be out on July 2, 2021.
For more information about Andee and Normal Fauna, check out the Normal Fauna FAQs.