Andrew Haines is a singer-songwriter from the Chicago area who weaves spiritual and scriptural themes with unique, multi-instrumental music. His honest lyrics and passionate voice beckon the listener to "reach beyond this soil and embrace eternity." His debut album Dig Awhile features a wide variety of musical styles unified by the central theme of seeking the treasure hidden in a field and praising the maker of that treasure.
Haines began writing songs as a child and during his high school years he occasionally would perform originals at church. He notes, "Over the years the Lord has given me songs and I always dreamed of someday making a record, but I never really had the opportunity to pursue music." He spent over twelve years working with youth and doing ministry on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and it was during that time and from his experiences there that the songs on Dig Awhile were born. Due to his friendship with Mitch McVicker whom he has opened for on several occasions, Haines was given an opportunity to take his music to the next level. His mission is to bless the church with music that encourages people to seek the Lord and love the scripture.
Dig Awhile utilizes a wide variety of instruments including harmonica, dobro, mandolin, penny whistle, fiddle, strings, banjo, hammered dulcimer, and even gypsy guitar. It features the musical talents of Michael Aukofer (Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band), Mitch McVicker, multi-instrumentalist Carter Green, singer-songwriter Michael Armstrong, and others. The talented Carter Green of Greenjeans Studios (Chicago Fire, AMC, Jason Orme, McVicker) mixed and mastered the record. The album features a cover of Steal At Any Price, a Rich Mullins classic. Haines writes, "Rich Mullins is my musical hero, and what an incredible honor it has been to make a record with people who played with Rich." Andrew is currently touring on weekends in support of the new record. "Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage." (Psalm 119:54, NKJV)