"The Grove" (2009-2010)
After finishing at a "Brit" style music school, drummer Adam Pitts began searching for a singer-songwriter. He contacted Andy Brown, through his acoustic Myspace page, and just over three months later, the pair met up in London. Andy introduced Adam to bass player Ryan Fletcher, who Andy had previously met a few years back at a similar "Brit School" style music college. They agreed to form a band, bringing in guitarist Joel Peat, who Ryan knew from his childhood, to complete the line-up. The band came up with the name "The Grove" after visiting an American shopping centre of the same name. The band began recording material in early 2010, and their debut recording, "When She Was Mine", became one of the highest rated songs on YouTube within a week. They soon began playing gigs around the United Kingdom, including the Wireless Festival and the Ultrasound Festival. "The Grove" decided to change their name after lead singer Andy was diagnosed with a brain tumour. His doctor, "Dr. Lawson", completed a successful operation to remove it, and in honour of his successful recovery, the band re-named themselves "Lawson". The next day, Adam Pitts sketched the all-new 'Lawson' logo freehand on an envelope.
In 2011, the band made their mainstream breakthrough after becoming the support act for one of Britain’s biggest pop bands, The Wanted, on their first ever arena tour, The Behind Bars Tour. The band made a great impression on the audience, and received good reviews from fans and critics alike. Having developed a friendship with The Wanted, they returned as the support act for The Wanted's second tour, #TheCode Tour. In an interview, the band told In Demand that they find working with The Wanted very inspiring. "The Wanted boys are amazing and we love them, we became so close, and they really looked after us on tour. But they also played a lot of pranks." They have also stated that watching The Wanted perform first hand gave them something to aspire to, because they had seen how much the band had grown within a year, especially cracking the United States. "The Wanted lads are amazing, they're absolutely incredible with us. We did the theatre tour and the arena tour with them, so we've watched them in about a years time go from doing theatres to then doing arenas, and now smashing it up in the States as well. It's massively inspirational, and they are all such nice lads!" On September 8, 2011, it was announced that the band had been signed to Polydor Records, with a lucrative two-album deal on the cards. After signing to a major label, Lawson were tasked with opening for other acts such as Will Young, Avril Lavigne, and as stated before, again for The Wanted, Tipped for success, the band also supported fellow future label-mates The Saturdays on their 'All Fired Up' tour in autumn 2011. The band performed on their own headline tour in January 2012, and in April 2012, supported Westlife on the final dates of their farewell tour at Croke Park, Dublin. The band were also added to the T In The Park line up for 2012.
Champan Square (2012-present)
The band's first official single, When She Was Mine, was released on May 27, 2012, reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart. Following the single release, the band undertook their second headline tour, in which they visited locations such as Glasgow, Sheffield, Nottingham, London and Birmingham. The band's second single, Taking Over Me, was released on August 5, 2012, doing even better, peaking at #3 on the UK Singles Chart. In support of the single, the band appeared at the Blackberry Summer Daze concert in August 2012. In August 2012, the band announced a Hometown Tour, which will visit several towns and cities across Britain, including the hometowns of band members Andy, Adam, Ryan and Joel. They are set to play five dates, starting on the October 31, 2012, and ending on November 6. In September 2012, the band announced the release of their third official single, "Standing in the Dark", which will be available to purchase from October 14, 2012. Shortly after the annnouncement, the band revealed that their debut album, Chapman Square, would be released on October 22. Guitarist Joel Peat said of the album: "We're all so excited to release our debut album, we've been building up to it for the past four years, and the album's title for us is special, because it is the first place that we played together as a band. Going out on tour to support the album is amazing too. Doing shows in our Hometowns feels like the perfect way to celebrate. Performing live is what we love the most, so to be able to play our biggest venues to date in the Cities where we grew up is very special." Lawson have cited many inspirations for their debut album, including John Mayer and The Wanted.
Andrew Christopher Brown, born May 8, 1987, is the lead singer and acoustic guitarist of the band. He was formerly a member of boyband 'Avenue', alongside one of his best friends, and lead singer of boyband sensation The Wanted, Max George. Andy had a longterm relationship with Mollie King from The Saturdays, and was inspired to write songs after their breakup, one of which became the band's debut single, "When She Was Mine". At the age of five, he moved away from Liverpool, a few miles away to Ormskirk. This is where he attended high school - St. Bede's High School, Ormskirk, in Lancashire. Andy's star sign is Taurus.:)
Joel Gunther Peat, born June 27, 1990, is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist in the band. He has played the guitar ever since the age of three, when his mother bought him a Kate Bush album, which inspired him to become a musician. He is originally from Mansfield, Nottingham, and attended Rainworth Joseph Whitaker School. Joel met fellow band member Ryan through the music scene in their neighbouring hometowns. Joel was then introduced to Andy, and Adam through Ryan, who met them through the London music scene. Joel originally auditioned for The Wanted, but was not accepted.
Ryan Gary Fletcher, born January 9, 1990, is the bassist and fellow backing vocalist in the band. He is originally from Chesterfield. Fletcher attended ACM, Anther's Music College, with fellow band member Joel Peat, and the pair starting doing gigs together at the wee age of 14. Ryan played guitar since the age of 10, and was only introducted to the bass when he started playing gigs with Joel at age 14. Growing up, Ryan was a big fan of heavy rock music, and his musical idols were Bon Jovi and Guns N' Roses. Ryan's star sign is Capricorn.
Adam James Pitts, born December 24, 1990 ,is the drummer in the band. He is originally from Brighton, although grew up in and around Bridlington. He started playing drums at the age of 10, and studied at a music college in London, where he earned a degree in music techonology. Adam's favourite song is Coldplay's "Fix You", and he is often know to perform the song solo on the band's tours while the remainder of the group take a break. Adam's star sign is Capricorn.