ANDY JEFFERY credits his start in music to looking the part: As a teenager, the Calgary-based mortgage agent was waiting for a bus with his guitar when a passing driver stopped to invite him to audition for a band. Soon, Jeffery was playing in bars he couldn’t legally drink in before dropping out of school to continue tilting at stardom in Toronto.
These days, his life as a working musician might be just a memory, but the room full of guitars in his home remains, as does his love of playing.
“I very rarely miss a day – the drive to play is endless,” Jeffery says. “It’s like meditation. I might be about to press a shirt and play for 30 seconds while the iron warms up, or I might learn a new song. Once I woke up from surgery and reached for a guitar; I thought it was insane that they didn’t have one for me.”