We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Plan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always been drawn to healing as a profession. For the longest time I thought I was going to follow in my dad’s footsteps and become a doctor. When I discovered music and songwriting, everything changed for me. I began to understand the healing power of music, for myself and for others. I realized I was called to be a different kind of healer, and I’m glad I followed it. It’s such a joy to make music and bring healing and inspiration to others through my music.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a pop artist with a mission to heal, inspire and empower to become their truest, best selves. I do what I do to transform the catharsis, the uplift and the wisdom in my life experiences into beautiful music, for myself and for the world. I’m super-proud of my latest release, “People Needing People”, a collaboration with my friend and country artist Kristine Wriding. We wrote it over a year ago, before COVID and the election, and even then our hearts were heavy from the division in the world. We wanted to write an anthem to bring hope, healing and unity to others, and once we finished it we knew we had something special. Now that it’s out in the world, it’s been amazing to hear the positive reaction from fans. It definitely wasn’t easy getting to this point in my career. For a long time I let fear of failure and perfectionism keep me on the sidelines, my music sitting unfinished on a hard drive. Thankfully I’ve been blessed with some amazing mentors and the support of my wife and family, who’ve all helped me through the mental blocks holding me back. It’s definitely something I continue to work on, but what’s been helping me is the power of showing up, day after day after day, regardless of how I feel. As long as I do that, I know I’ll keep making progress.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There would definitely be a lot of Asian food involved — I’d take them to No. 1 Plus Chicken for some excellent Korean Fried Chicken, followed by a stop at Magic Cup for a taro smoothie with boba. We’d also hit up the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Plano for delicious katsudon. The Dallas Arboretum is also a must-see, epically beautiful. Being a musician I’d also want to hit up some of the local music venues as well. Opening Bell Coffee in particular is a great spot to catch really talented artists doing intimate acoustic sets.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my wife. Throughout my journey she’s helped me to be brave, get over my self-doubt and perfectionism and share my art with the world. I wouldn’t be where I am without her. Thanks Hun!