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From hustling street performer on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade to Platinum-selling recording artist, it seems like just yesterday that ANDY GRAMMER was discovered by Steve Greenberg and signed to S-Curve Records. With his 2011 self-titled debut album, Grammer became the first male pop star in a decade, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me,” certified Platinum and Gold respectively, selling more than 1.5 million downloads combined.
In just a few short years, Grammer has gone on to sell over 100,000 albums, play sold out venues nationwide, perform onstage with Taylor Swift, Train, and Colbie Caillat, appear on an array of national TV shows, receive major song placements in film and TV, receive two BMI Pop Music Awards, grace the cover of national touring trade magazine Pollstar and present at their annual awards show, among many other accomplishments.
While hard at work on his highly anticipated sophomore album titled Magazines or Novels, due outAugust 5 onS-Curve Records, Grammer released “Back Home,” a joyously anthemic track that illustrates his knack for writing infectious, relatable songs remains strong, as does his soaring voice. It also showcases the musician’s growth since his last full-length release. On the new album, Grammer reinforces his place among elite male pop artists through honest reflections of the impressive ride he’s been on during the past couple of years.
“‘Back Home’ is about those friends, specific places and vivid memories that remind us who we are,” says Grammer, who wrote the song while far from home on a national headline tour, hoping to recapture that which is always part of him.
“Back Home”is already wowing critics and fans alike. Since its debut on RyanSeacrest.com in March, it has been said “Back Home” has “the same infectious feel as his former chart-topping singles” and it also debuted at #8 on Spotify’s Top 50 Viral streaming songs across the U.S. Since then, a lyric video for the single premiered on OK! Magazine’s website, as well as Vevo, and the official music video premiered on Billboard.com. Grammer played an acoustic version of “Back Home” for Perez Hilton TV recently as well, serving as a tantalizing preview of the full album.
The son of a Grammy-nominated children’s performer Red Grammer, he often joined his dad on-stage to sing, promoting his fierce ambition to succeed. His father instilled his work ethic and taught him to respect his audience. “I saw what it took to cultivate an artistic career,” Grammer says.
By ninth grade, Grammer taught himself to write songs on his dad’s guitar, with a first group, Out of the Blue, which played his first original composition, “Doorstep,” at a battle of the bands contest.
Hearing the 1998 Grammy-winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill “shifted things inside of me and I loved it,” says Grammer, who cites Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Common and Coldplay among his musical influences on his mix of hip-hop, acoustic singer/songwriters and piano rock.
His self-titled S-Curve Records debut was the product of intensive, deliberate practice and a personable performance style that involved entertaining on the streets of Santa Monica with his car battery-powered amplifier and acoustic guitar.
Songs from the upbeat “Keep Your Head Up” and the breezy “Fine by Me,” to the jubilant horns of “The Pocket” and the emotional “Miss Me,” found Grammer creating pop songs with both heartfelt, relatable lyrics and instantly hummable hooks.
His background singing on the streets helped him hone his performance style, and clued him in on audience expectations. The success of his debut album brought him to places he had dreamed of, but never expected to visit.
“I’m just trying to track down the truth,” says the L.A.-born performer, who grew up in New York. “My favorite thing is writing from a bird’s-eye view, whether it’s a break-up or a good relationship. I like to be far enough away to see the whole scope of what’s occurring.”
His platinum debut Top 5 hit single “Keep Your Head Up”was admonishing himself to maintain the faith in the wake of frustration. The groundbreaking interactive video – a partnership between VEVO, S-Curve and innovative tech company Interlude – won an MTV O Award for Most Innovative, topping Arcade Fire, Robyn and OK Go! The clip starred The Office’s Rainn Wilson, whom Grammer calls “a gracious, amazing guy,” he met through a former roommate. “Keep Your Head Up” has been heard on several TV shows and films, including a prominent placement in the movie “Pitch Perfect” where the main characters sang the song.
Grammer’s second single off his debut album,“Fine by Me,” also sailed into the Top 10 on the Adult Pop chart and wascertified gold. Grammer describes the track as “about having my heart stolen” talks about love as “an all-or-nothing emotion.” Although he initially tried to play it cool, he proceeded to “falling so hard in about four days.”
“Miss Me,”his third single off his album, climbed to #15 at Hot AC. Music videos for all three hit singles reached the Top 10 onVH1’s “Top 20” weekly video countdown.
Grammer’s 28-date Back Home Summer Tour, featuring opening acts Andrew Ripp, Kate Voegele and Brendan James, gets underway June 10 in Phoenix, and includes a June 16 date at the Hollywood Bowl, where he will perform on a bill which includes Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato and Colbie Caillat, and a show at New York’s Irving Plaza on June 26 following his first nationally televised morning show performance of “Back Home” on “Good Morning America” that morning.
“I appreciate the opportunity to get in and move things around in people,” he says. “The best gigs take place when you can see the whole room has moved somewhere together.”
This summer, he’ll be taking those audiences “Back Home,” a place where Andy Grammer still lives in his heart, even when he’s far from there.
In the three years since Andy Grammer released his self-titled debut album, the Los Angeles native singer-songwriter known for his vibrant pop/rock/soul mix has taken an incredible journey. Emerging as one of the biggest success stories in 2012, Andy has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (three times) while sharing the stage with Taylor Swift, Train, and Colbie Caillat. He was named the first male pop star, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first 2 singles, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me”, both certified Platinum and Gold respectively with more than 1,500,000 singles sold together.
Now, in 2014, the acclaimed musician who began as a street performer in Santa Monica, CA is preparing for the release of his second studio album – an album he has been quietly working on and pouring his heart and soul into while in the midst of touring his first record. On March 25, Andy surprised both fans and critics alike when he debuted his lead single, “Back Home”, off of his upcoming sophomore album. The anthemic feel-good jam blends his infectious pop style and an upbeat folk production, leaving summer graduates and listeners repeatedly singing along to the contagious chorus and nostalgia-induced lyrics. For Andy, “Back Home” is “about those friends, specific places, and vivid memories that remind us who we are”. It was an important song for Andy to write while he was away from home and on a national headline tour.