American Authors

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American Authors
Also known as The Blue Pages[1]
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, heartland rock, folk rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels Mercury, Island
Members Zac Barnett
James Adam Shelley
Dave Rublin
Matt Sanchez

American Authors is an American pop rock band based in New York City and who are signed to The Island Def Jam Music Group.[2] They are best known for their singles "Best Day of My Life" and "Believer" from their album Oh, What a Life.


2007–11: Early years[edit]

The members of American Authors met each other while attending Berklee College of Music in 2007.[3] The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name The Blue Pages and recorded Anthropology and Rich With Love. In 2010, the band relocated to Brooklyn.

2012–present: Name change, Mercury Records and American Authors[edit]

In 2012, the group changed their name to American Authors. Their debut single, "Believer," has garnered attention through alternative rock radio.[4] Their second single, "Best Day of My Life", was featured in a Lowe's television advertisement in the United States, a Hyundai television advertisement in the United Kingdom, a Telecom New Zealand advertisement,[5] a trailer for the film Delivery Man, and the opening sequence for ESPN's 2013 World Series of Poker coverage. In January 2013, the band was signed to Mercury Records.[6]

American Authors released their self-titled debut EP on August 27, 2013.[7] Their song "Hit It" is featured on the FIFA 14 video game [8][unreliable source?] Their song "Best Day of My Life" was used in an MLB Fan Cave commercial and is the title music of Sky Sports News' My Special Day feature. It is also featured in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and an episode of the television show The Vampire Diaries. In 2013, American Authors won Overall Grand Prize in the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with their song "Believer".


Studio albums[edit]

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Oh, What a Life 12 26

Extended plays[edit]

Album Title Album details
American Authors
  • Released: August 27, 2013
  • Label: The Island Def Jam Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Adult
US Pop
US Rock
2013 "Believer" Oh, What a Life
"Best Day of My Life" 11 1 8 3 10 8 62 13 52 17
2014 "Trouble"
"In a Big Country"
(with. The Mowgli's)
Non-album single
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released.

Band members[edit]

  • Zac Barnett;– lead vocals, guitar (2006–present)
  • James Adam Shelley;– lead guitar, banjo (2006–present)
  • Dave Rublin– bass (2006–present)
  • Matt Sanchez;– drums (2006–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Blue Pages on Myspace
  2. ^
  3. ^ American Authors Interview January 12, 2013
  4. ^ A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tres! American Authors, Hunter Valentine, and Clementine & The Galaxy Huffington Post December 12, 2012
  5. ^ 2013 Telecom NZ Advertisement
  7. ^ We’re releasing our debut EP in August!
  8. ^ Beech, Richard (2013-09-10). "Fifa 14 soundtrack announced: Featuring Miles Kane, Bloc Party and Vampire Weekend - Mirror Online". Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  9. ^ a b "American Authors – Chart History". Official Charts Company. 
  10. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases | Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates". Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  11. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  12. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  13. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  14. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography American Authors". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  16. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie American Authors". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography American Authors". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography American Authors". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  21. ^ "Canadian single certifications – American Authors – Best Day of My Life". Music Canada. 

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