Denisia BLU JUNE Andrews
By Joy Ramirez
Denisia “Blu JUNE” Andrews Brings Girl Power To Hip Hop
In the male-dominated world of hip hop it may be uncommon to find women working behind some of the biggest names in the industry. But despite the slow pace of change, SESAC writer Denisia “Blu June” Andrews is headed for the top. Andrews, and her co-writer/producer Brittany “Coney Gurl” Coney, scored two enviable song placements, “Thirsty” and “Faded,” on the recently released and highly anticipated Mariah Carey album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.
Based in Atlanta but originally from Florida, Andrews grew up surrounded by music. She sang in a gospel group with her mother and sister. “Music was always around me,” she says, whether it was humming a melody or singing Anita Baker on the street corner.
But the jump to songwriting came when Andrews was given the opportunity to work behind the scenes creating the music she loved. After an acquaintance introduced Andrews to Coney, the two realized they had chemistry and immediately started working together. “(Coney Gurl) is the reason I started songwriting,” Andrew says, giving props to her partner in what has quickly become a successful collaboration.
After moving to Atlanta in 2011, things really started to take off for the talented duo. There they scored their game-changing placement with the hit “Loveeeeeee Song” by Rihanna feat. Future on her GRAMMY®-winning Unapologetic album (the song was recognized at the SESAC Pop Awards in May.) “We gained notoriety and respect after that,” Andrews says. “With Rihanna, people started to call, top writers in the industry (gave us) more attention. It was really a confidence-builder.”
Andrews admits that she and Coney Gurl faced a lot of challenges as females in the industry, “but at the end of the day, it’s the product that will speak for itself,” she says. “I try to always be myself,” she adds, “and be confident that if they call you it means they like what you do.”
In addition to her goal of placing a No. 1 single, Andrews aims to continuing perfecting her craft while aspiring to work with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Katy Perry and more. Although she and Coney Gurl “have a lot in the pipeline,” she is not divulging details. But one thing is for sure, the future looks bright.