Andreas Novak is a singer/guitarist from Sweden,
currently fronting House of Shakira.
Andreas has released two solo albums:
"Forever Endeavour" (2005) and "NoVakation" (2011).
Inspired by the rock scene in the early 80's, a ten year old Andreas Novak picked up a guitar in 1981 and spent the rest of that decade listening and learning from contemporary rock bands like Kiss, Queen, Van Halen, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Sabbath, Def Leppard, Magnum, Toto, Yes, Genesis, Journey...
Guitar heroes such as Ace Frehley, Gary Moore, Steve Vai and foremost Eddie Van Halen, inspired him profoundly. He appeared mainly as a guitar player in various local bands during the 80's, singing lead only when there weren't any "real" singers around to do the job, according to himself:
-I bought a 4-track portastudio in April 1989 and started recording like crazy at home.
A fantastic little machine that made me record ideas on a daily basis,
but I needed vocals on my demos. My only alternative was to use my own voice.
-I did what I could with what I had, just to be able to present my music.
People praised my vocal efforts, and cared little about my guitar licks, tricks and shreds.
In the early nineties I realized what my next challenge would be.
With singing influences such as Paul Stanley, Ronnie Dio, Rob Halford, Glenn Hughes,
Joe Lynn Turner, Freddie Mercury, Dave Bickler and Steve Perry among many others,
Andreas didn't really consider himself to ever be able to play in their league.
But at a time when the world was full of guitarists and the lack of competent lead singers was obvious, his choice to develop his singing skills came naturally. As he started to see himself more of a lead singer and frontman, new opportunities unfolded immediately. He was suddenly a powerful lead singer - as well as an advanced guitar player.
Studying at the Stockholm Music Conservatory in 1998-1999, Andreas got in touch with the progressive band Mind's Eye that needed a new singer for their second album. Andreas joined, and during their ten years together the band released four albums that received great reviews worldwide.
Andreas was always freelancing on the side of Mind's Eye, and constantly felt the urge to widen his perspectives even more. After participating in the swedish TV-show "Fame Factory" 2003 it was time to make an album out of his solo ambitions. With lots of help from a bunch of handpicked talented guest musicians and co-writers, the album "Forever Endeavour" saw the light of day in March 2005.
Andreas parted ways with Mind's Eye in 2009 and was soon approached by House of Shakira in search for a new lead singer. The band's classic rock style was exactly Andreas cup of tea, and their premier gig took place in April of 2010 in Stockholm. Andreas' second solo album "NoVakation" was finally - against all odds, threats and malevolence - released 11 July 2011. Andreas was by then already highly involved writing material for his debut with House of Shakira, which was released in february 2012.
That album, "HoS", marked a brand new start for the band and gained critical acclaim worldwide.
House of Shakira's 7th studio album "Pay to Play" took the band to Chicago,
and their 8th studio album "Sour Grapes" made them return to the US in 2016,
performing in Joliet, Illinois at the Rock'n'Skull festival.
By November 2017 Andreas was approached by Stoneface, containing former members of well known band Motherlode that toured with Magnum back in the 80's. Andreas and Stoneface
immediately started writing and recording a full album, released already in April 2018.
House of Shakira eventually completed their 9th studio album "Radiocarbon",
released through Frontiers Records by December 2019.
The corona pandemic has enforced Andreas and any related projects into a vague hiatus.
In other words, everything has been canceled or postponed indefinitely.
May the virus be gone soon.