Andre Kerek started writing and composing as a teenager and has many songs of all styles and genres in his repertoire. He has won numerous awards and prizes in song contests here and in Europe. His R&B song "Come Sundown" produced by Jason Sterling, and sung by Fiona Robinson earned Kerek an award from Billboard Song Contest. The song also took first prize for R&B in the Malibu Song Contest. Mike Pinder of the legendary rock group Moody Blues had this to say, "Come Sundown is unique and creative with a memorable hook, great groove, very strong vocal melody, and definite hit potential". Kerek and Robinson also won kudos at the Les Vignes D'Or International Songwriting Competition in France and in the UK. A French music critique wrote, "Superbly well sung (by Fiona Robinson)! This is an interesting songwriting due to the subtle indexed chorus in the background adding even more to this ambient tone of musical sensuality". Kerek's song "Mystery Girl" was recorded on PolyGram Latino "Nostalgia" album by Miami dance band Clockwork produced by Alex Cobos. His "Tango Amoroso" song is featured in the award winning documentary film "La Gata" produced and directed by Julienne Gage.
After a lengthy interlude, Kerek returned to songwriting in 2019 adding a film score to his repertoir. His new poignant, melancholy, love song titled "Heart In Vain", was superbly arranged, and produced by Jerry Oviedo.
A.J. Gundell wrote, "this gorgeous work is reminiscent of film scores like The Pianist, Schindler's List, and The Zookeepers Wife". All very nice company to be in !
To compliment Oviedo's first Electronic demo, Kerek decided to do a second live orchestral recording under the leadership of University of Miami graduate student from the Frost School of Music, Jose Veliz. The ensemble was organized by Veliz, and conducted by Alexander Magalong, who is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami.. Veliz' inspired, and innovative blend of modern, romantic, and symphonic style arrangement was only equaled by his talented piano keyboard performance.
Doug Diamond, record producer had this to say in his Pro-Review, ""Heart In Vain is an excellent film score type theme that sounds like it stepped right out of 1940s Hollywood and yet still could be utilized in today's plethora of modern sync situations".
Luis M. Tuesta Ph.D., Assistant Professor at University of Miami wrote, "I like how the melody shifts from piano to winds and this allows the piano to color the piece. The treble arpeggios on the piano give a sense of lightness, and by shifting to bass arpeggios, a bit of darkness. Also, the dynamic shift from arpeggio to staccato gives it the urgency/angst that one gets when listening to Chopin or Liszt".
Music critic, Diana Williamson added, "Andre must be channelling music from the heavens, his ability to draw emotion into his superb melodies would be a crime not to be heard".
Robert Dellaposta commented, "Andre Kerek is a classical composer of cinematic romantic orchestral instrumentals. His melodies will touch your soul and move you".
Jonathan Weiss's review stated, "I really enjoyed listening to this song, it's readily apparent how much time it took Andre to put together this memorable lead melody, arrangement and overall performance".
"I'm impressed, and feel that your songs are ready for pitching to Film & TV" -- Robin Fredericks.
During the Pandemic lockdown, Kerek penned his finest lyrics and his best melody to date in "Farewell My Angel". Doug Diamond wrote, Andre Kerek's "Farewell My Angel" might just make a nice replacement track for a classic Frank Sinatra song that may not be affordable/obtainable for a sync licensing deal.
A.J. Gundell added, Farewell My Angel" has some of the great attributes of the best of Tin Pan Alley: classic and heart-tugging lyric, melody, iconic torch ballad vocalist, and great elements in the authentic style of that era.