Andrew Charles "Andy" Grammer (born December 3, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. He is signed to Steve Greenberg's S-Curve Records. His debut album, Andy Grammer, was released in 2011 and spawned hit single "Keep Your Head Up". His second album Magazines or Novels was released in 2014, with "Back Home" as the first single, produced by Jon Levine and Ryan Met. The album's second single, "Honey, I'm Good," produced by Steve Greenberg, Brian West and Nolan Sipe, was co-written by Grammar with Nolan Sipe.
Grammer was born in Los Angeles, to Kathy Grammer and singer-songwriter Red Grammer, but grew up in Chester, New York, graduating from Monroe-Woodbury High School. As a child, Grammer learned to play the trumpet and later the guitar and the piano. He began writing songs at age 15. At 20, he left Binghamton University, and returned to the Los Angeles area, where he currently resides. In 2007, he graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in Music Industry Studies. In July 2012, Grammer married singer-songwriter Aijia Lise Guttman, known professionally as Aijia. He is a member of the Bahá'í Faith.
Grammer started as a busker on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and later performed in the Viper Room. He was discovered by his manager in July 2009 and signed with label S-Curve Records in April 2010. Grammer's popular songs include: "Keep Your Head Up", "Fine By Me", "Lunatic", "Ladies", "Biggest Man in L.A.", "Numbers", "Stepping Stone", "Couple More Sleeves", "Fireflies", and "The Pocket".
Grammer's debut video "Keep Your Head Up", which featured actor Rainn Wilson, was an iTunes Video of the Week in 2010, and the version of the video on Grammer's website uses an interactive interface that allows the viewer to "send the singer into goofy scenarios". He performed the song on The Rachael Ray Show on November 17, 2010. It has since debuted at No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 Grammer's debut album sales for the first week earned him the No. 1 spot on the Billboard New Artist Chart.
Grammer opened for Plain White T's for the second leg of their "Wonders of the Younger" tour in the spring of 2011.
In January 2011, Grammer was named an "Artist to Watch" by Billboard magazine.
Grammer performed at SXSW 2011, playing BMI's Acoustic Brunch, where he was one of the artists contributing to a recording produced by Hanson to benefit the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake.
Grammer won MTV's "O Music Awards" for most innovative video for his "Keep Your Head Up" video on April 25, 2011.
Grammer's debut album, Andy Grammer, was released on June 14, 2011 on S-Curve Records. The self-titled album was produced by Matt Wallace (Maroon 5), Matt Radosevich, Dave Katz, and Sam Hollander (Gym Class Heroes).
On the new album, Grammer says: “My ultimate goal is to try to be real. It just so happens that I'm usually more happy than sad when I'm writing. And in general I think that life is pretty great, and it's cool to be here, so that comes through in my music. I don't have a dismal outlook, but I don't aim to make positive music. It's just what I am.”
Grammer joined Natasha Bedingfield on her Less is More Tour, starting June 2011, and Colbie Caillat on her U.S. and Canada tour, starting August 2011. Grammer opened shows with Kate Voegele and Kevin Hammond.
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles featured Grammer for the museum's first installment of its homegrown local artist series starting May 2011.
On November 16, 2011 Grammer announced his 2012 headlining tour.
On May 21, 2013, Grammer released a new EP, "Crazy Beautiful", which was features two original songs, "Crazy Beautiful" and "I Choose You", and a live version of "Crazy Beautiful". The new EP was released by S-Curve Records.
On March 25, 2014, Grammer debuted "Back Home", the lead single from his second album, Magazines or Novels. The song, co-written with Ryan Met from the group AJR, was released to iTunes on April 8, 2014. The album was released August 5, 2014. Grammer went on the "Siren Songs" tour with Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Hughie Stone Fish in September 2014.
Of his influences, he said: "I have three different places that I draw inspiration from. There's the guitar guys like Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Jack Johnson; piano influences like Coldplay, The Fray and OneRepublic. And then I really love how hip-hop creates complexity in words. I love Common, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Kanye West. I try to make a smorgasbord of the three."
Andy Grammer - June 14, 2011
Magazines or Novels - August 5, 2014
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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