Andrée Watters-Michaud (born January 25, 1983 in Charlesbourg, Quebec) is a musician and a two-time Félix Award winner from Quebec
Watters grew up in the Quebec City region and first showed her talent in a Christmas-related musical comedy when she was 15 years old. She later participated in a youth singing contest in which she finished first provincially and third across Canada. After moving to Montreal two years later, she made her first live public appearance in the Radio-Canada game show La Fureur.
Watters' brother Patrick, who worked as a firefighter in Alberta, Canada, was killed in July 2007 in a helicopter crash while he and several hundred other firefighters combated a major forest fire near Fort McMurray in northern Alberta. Four others were injured in the incident.
In 2003, after signing with Sony BMG, Watters released her first album AW, co-written and produced by Fred St-Gelais, which sold 75,000 copies in Quebec alone.The hits "Si exceptionnel" and "Ne reste pas" were the two songs that charted the highest in the Quebec Francophone charts including the Radio Énergie Countdown across the province. There were attempts by the label company to release a European version of the disc in France, but the project was cancelled. After the success of the album AW, she was awarded a Félix Award as "Best Rock Album of the Year" and was nominated to four other Félix awards.
Her second album À travers was released in 2005 with "Laisse la pluie" being the most notable hit across the charts in Quebec.
In 2006, along with Bruno Pelletier, Sylvain Cossette, Daniel Boucher and Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Watters participated in the musical show, Dracula - Entre l'amour et la mort as the female lead, Mina.
In 2007, she participated as herself in the movie À vos marques Party and released a song for the movie's soundtrack.
In 2008, Watters was one of the headliners of the 2008 CFL Grey Cup Diet Pepsi Halftime Show. Along with fellow Canadian natives, Theory of a Deadman.
Her third album titled Minuit was released on April 29, 2008. The title song MINUIT was a #1 hit on the Francophone Chart in Quebec. She herself co-wrote the ten tracks and the album was produced along with singer-songwriter Sylvain Cossette who guided her as producer/co-songwriter of the album. The album consisted of a mix of rock songs and ballads in which Cossette had many top-charted singles during his career. At the same time, she also signed with another label company Vega Musique/Universal and has a new manager, Mark Vinet.
During the summer of 2008, she toured along with Dan Bigras and his show titled "Dan et ses blondes", and opened for Cossette's "70s Tour" and a tour of her own in 2010.
In 2009, she translated Justin Bieber's hit song, One Less Lonely Girl, and coached him when he recorded the French version.
In 2011, Andrée released a new album Country Rock, which has since peaked at #29 on the Canadian Albums Chart.
In 2012, Watters' released a second country album titled "Country Rock COVER". She has also been nominated for 2 Felix awards, including Best Country Album.
Awards and nominations:
In 2004, the success of the album resulted in a Félix Award for "Best Rock Album of the Year" at the annual ADISQ awards, the Quebec provincial version of the Canadian Juno Awards. She was also nominated for four other Felix awards including "Best Female Singer of the Year and "Breakthrough Artist of the Year". In 2006, she again won a Félix Award for "Best Rock Album of the Year" for her sophomore effort titled "À Travers".