Sam Fender backs young musician with Teesside roots – as second single is released

Andrew Cushin has released his second single – and it comes with a commendation from another North east superstar, Sam Fender.

Andrew, 20 – whose family are from Teesside – shared details of his new song Waiting for the Rain on his Instagram page.

And it wasn’t long before Sam piped up in support of the younger talent, with: “Voice sounds superb there kid” – accompanied with a love heart emoji.

Sam isn’t the only superstar to have picked up on rising star Andrew’s music, with Oasis legend Noel Gallagher backing the young Geordie.

Brit Award winner Sam Fender
(Image: BBC Radio 1)

The Instagram post from Sam Fender

Andrew’s manager, who met the elder Gallagher brother years back, sent him some of Andrew’s songs – to which Noel replied: “He’s deffo got something.

“Great natural voice. He can play the guitar too. What’s the catch is he a b***end?”

Andrew, who’s grandad Mal, was born in North Ormesby, is quickly building a reputation in the music world with a strong North east following, selling out at The Cluny, in his hometown of Newcastle, before officially releasing any music.

His debut single It’s Gonna Get Better introduced his talents to a wider audience .

His second track, Waiting for the Rain, which went live on all streaming platforms on Friday, June 12, is the very first song he wrote aged 15.

Andrew Cushin – who’s grandparents Mal and Eileen Cushin are from Teesside

After witnessing a tumultuous family event, Andrew, who currently lives in Heaton, Newcastle, penned the song with the lyrics: “I’m hanging by the fire, the flames are raising higher, I’m waiting for the rain.”

Long after the dust settled, Andrew posted the tune on social media and it quickly amassed 20,000 views without any promotion.

Although music is now his first passion, Andrew’s other love is football, just like his grandad – who had trials for Middlesbrough Football Club first team in 1962 after playing for Port Clarence FC.

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