Dré Anders and the Collective are a group based in Tampa, Florida who deliver a polished mixture of folk, country, bluegrass, pop, and rock.
The group is led by Dré Anders (born Andrea Anders), a vocalist and musician who was born and raised in Sweden. As a child, Anders and her siblings performed in a family band fronted by her parents, both of whom were graduates of Stockholm's Royal Academy of Music. In her late teens, Anders left Sweden to pursue a musical career in the United States. Dré tried her hand at a variety of gigs after settling in America -- playing with a pop group in Los Angeles, singing with rock and blues combos, serving as a producer and arranger for vocal groups, and working with the noted bluegrass band the Travelin' McCourys. In time, Anders and her family made their home in Tampa, and she decided to start a band that would showcase the best musicians on the local music scene. Initially known as the Tampa Collective (under that name they scored an appearance in the IFC series Sounds of the Cities), the project eventually evolved into Dré Anders and the Collective. Besides Anders, the only constant member of the group is drummer Joseph Interrante, but frequent participants include Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo, both members of the Travelin' McCourys, and Ricky Skaggs' guitarist Cody Kilby. After releasing singles such as "Firefly" and "How Can It Be," Dré Anders and the Collective's first full-length album, My California, will be released in 2017. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi