Andy Grammer Biography
Andy was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Chester, New York, graduating from Monroe-Woodbury High School. At 20, he left Binghamton University, and returned to the Los Angeles area, where he currently resides. His father is Singer-songwriter, Red Grammer. In 2007 he graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a B.A.
Grammer started as a busker on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. and later performed in the Viper Room, the Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood) and the House of Blues. He has many popular songs such as Keep Your Head Up, Fine By Me, Lunatic, Ladies, Biggest Man in L.A., Numbers, Stepping Stone, Couple More Sleeves, Fireflies, and The Pocket.
His debut video "Keep Your Head Up" (featuring Rainn Wilson) was an iTunes Video of the Week in 2010, and the version on the artist's site 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 and peaked at #53. Andy Grammer's debut album sales for the first week earned him the No. 1 spot on the Billboard New Artist Chart.
He opened for Plain White T's for the second leg of their "Wonders of the Younger" tour in Spring of 2011.
In January 2011, he was named an "Artist to Watch" by Billboard magazine.
He 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.
He won MTV's "O Music Awards" for most innovative video for his "Keep Your Head Up" video on April 25, 2011.
Grammer joined Natasha Bedingfield on her Less is More Tour, starting June 2011. He will also be going on tour with singer Colbie Caillat starting August, 21 2011. Grammer will open shows with Kate Voegele and Kevin Hammond.
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will feature Andy Grammer for the museum's first installment of its homegrown local artist series starting May 2011.
2011–present: Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer's debut album, Andy Grammer, was released June 14, 2011 on iTunes. 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. ”