LA RUSH & SANNANDA are a dance / house / electronica duo from the westcoast of Sweden.
The act consists of DJ/Producer/Composer/Remixer/Director/Songwriter/Video photographer/Voice actor/Actor Lennie Andersson and Singer/Songwriter/Co-Producer/Video photographer/Actress Sandra Oldenstam.
The duo started to work togheter spring 2008 and released their first single “Take Your Time” in 2010 through their own lable, Rush Records. It gained quite a bit of success on several radio stations. Predominantly in Sweden and the US.
In October, 2013, they released their second single “Night Fever” (cover of The BeeGee’s huge hit from 1977), from the upcoming album “Feel The Rush”. So far it has received great response from radiostations in England, Australia, USA, Sweden, Italy, Canada, New Zeeland, Netherlands, UK, France, Norway and Germany.
They will be releasing several new singles on their own label in 2014, the first being “Where Have You Been”, coming in April.
LA RUSH BIOGRAPHY (1996-2008)
LA RUSH (pronounced L.A. Rush) began his journey back in 1996, when the eager Swedish teenager got his hands on a tracker-music-program, like those used by such artists as Axwell and Deadmau5 at that time. One of his classmates suggested the name L.A. Rush, because during his time in school friends called him L.A, which are his initials.
About 6 months later he released his first track, “Sunset” to some local Dj´s, who instantly started to play it. This convinced him even more to continue, the result became an EP including “Sunset”, released to Dj´s and friends, in 1998.
In fall 1999 he got his first gig as a Dj playing only his own original music. He says: “The response was fenomenal and I ended up having to play some of my tracks twice, since they just wouldn’t leave the dancefloor towards the end. It was an overwhelming experience to me though I had no clue as of what to expect at first.” His two consecutive singles “Around The World” and “I Love You” were both played on a local radiostation during the same time.
Between 1999-2002 he started to study film and music-production which led him to work behind the camera of several big tv/film productions in Sweden, such as “Bingo Lotto”, the comedy duo “Stefan & Krister” and the huge comedygroup “Galenskaparna”. “During my time of studies I came to realise that in order to moved my carrier ahead, I would have to aquire more advanced equipment. So I started using Cubase and invested in several new synthesizers.”
In 2002 he got his first gig at a bigger venue and played his own tracks for over 1000 people. “That was another big thing for me, going up on stage and see so many people dancing and screaming for one hour to my own tracks. What an amazing feeling it was!”
In 2004, he released his first official single “I Will Follow You” to an even bigger audience, which became a smash-hit on several internet radiostations. “When I wrote “I Will Follow You”, I wanted to take my music slightly in another direction, found a singer and recorded vocals for the first time to one of my own songs. I wanted to make a track that was more suitable for the radio. The track ended up topping some of the charts from eleven to twenty weeks.”
In 2006 he did his first offical remix for the Swedish Dj Richi M and released his second single “Come Back”, which also became a smash-hit on several internet radiostations.
Between 2007-2009 he released his third single “Whatever It Takes” togheter with the swedish duo Sinus, remixed the Danish super Dj, Dj Encore’s single “Walk On Water”, plus remixed the No1 on the US Billboard Dance Chartsingle, the single “Release Me” by Agnes (winner of Swedish Idol, 2005), amongst others. In 2008 he also started to work with the experienced singer and co-writer, Sannanda.
SInce the start of Rush Records in 2010 he’s made a bunch of remixes for several artists in the US, whereas the remix that got the most attention was “Facing A Miracle” by the 80’s icon Taylor Dayne (artist of “Tell It To My Heart”, 1987.)
SANNANDA BIOGRAPHY (1994-2008)
SANNANDA, meaning “True Spirit” in Swedish, is the soulful voice of this duo. The spiritual overtone throughout her lyrics is one of her strongest trademarks. She aims at writing music and lyrics that touches the soul and inspires.
This young lady started her singing career as a two year old on her parents’ living-room table. Already at the age of twelve she started participating in major musicals and operas professionally. She also spent five years in music class, which greatly inspired her to create music. With her burning passion for writing and recording music she has composed music both for her own solo career and for other artists.
In the summer of 1993, her whole family moved to Florida, U.S.A., where she got the opportunity to work eight years as a professional singer and entertainer. She has collaborated with such artists as Basic Element and toghether with Outfly (a.k.a. Dynamic) she also co-wrote the euro/trance tune “La Marche de la Lune” which she preforms on the recording. It was released by Warner Music Canada and Robbin’s Ent./BMG, U.S.A. The single also reached 1st place on iTunes, U.S.A., Top 10 at Billboard in U.S.A, Top 30 in Canada and got Grammy nominated for Best Dance 2003 in Canada.
She’s recorded six dance re-makes, which were released in Sweden between 2004-2005 by EVA Records, owned by EMI, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music and Virgin Records.
2007 Sannanda also recorded “You Really Got Me Going” which was chosen by a jury of TVP, Poland, as a backup contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest in Europe.
Sannanda released her pop-soul debut album “Believe In Something More” 2011, which includes the single “Have A Little Faith”, released that same year. She also released another single “Forever Waiting” that same year which has a new-age feeling to it.
When asked about what kind of singer she views herself as, her response is: I see myself as the voice that speaks many languages, with that I mean, as long as a song touches my soul I will communicate it, no matter what style it is. I think that is what makes music so universal. Don’t wanna limit myself to only one style. Life is filled with so much emotion, and I have experienced such a wide variety of feelings, that only one style could never express all that this heart of mine has to tell.