Andy Skib

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Andy Skib
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Andy Skib at the House of Blues, New Orleans, LA (performing with David Cook) – July 7, 2009
Background information
Birth name Andrew Powers Skib
Born (1985-11-09) November 9, 1985 (age 29)
San Diego, California
Genres Alternative rock, Pop Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, piano, keyboard
Associated acts Midwest Kings, To Have Heroes, David Cook, The Pearls
Website To Have Heroes Official MySpace

Andy Skib (born November 9, 1985, San Diego, California) is the lead singer of the rock band Midwest Kings (MWK). He spent most of 2009 on the Declaration Tour with American Idol season seven winner David Cook. Skib has previously co-written songs with former David Cook bandmate Neal Tiemann, who also served as lead guitarist for their band, Midwest Kings (MWK). Additionally, he has co-written songs with artists Zac Maloy (The Nixons), Hanson, Graham Colton, and Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup). Skib is also known for his most recent solo project, To Have Heroes. Skib is a member of David Cook's band, The Anthemic, providing rhythm guitar, keyboards and backup vocals. Skib and the rest of The Anthemic worked on Cook's second album for 19/RCA Records. The album, entitled This Loud Morning, was released on June 28, 2011.

Musical background[edit]

Influences include:
Sting
Jason Mraz

Early career: 2002–2008[edit]

2008–present[edit]

Appearances[edit]

On tour[edit]

From January 18–25, 2009,[1] Skib traveled with bandmates David Cook (born December 20, 1982) (guitar and lead vocals), Neal Tiemann (born December 22, 1982) (music director, lead guitar), Kyle Peek (born February 3, 1988) (drums, backing vocals), and Joey Clement (born May 21, 1981) (bass guitar) to the Middle East to complete a USO Tour.[2] The band visited seven bases on their trip to Kuwait and Iraq and played songs from David Cook as well as crowd-pleasing covers including Tenacious D's Fuck Her Gently and Van Halen's Hot for Teacher.

In Mid-February 2009, Skib embarked on a nationwide tour serving as rhythm guitarist and keyboardist in addition to singing backup vocals for The Declaration Tour to support the platinum-selling,[3] major-label debut David Cook. Skib has had the opportunity to perform lead vocals on "Make Me" and "'Til I'm Blue" (Midwest Kings songs) more than once during the run of the tour. The tour began at Club Downunder in Tallahassee, Florida on February 13, 2009 and was originally set to end in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 25, 2009.[4] The tour was extended through the fall and came to a close on December 1, 2009 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina after 154 shows.

In Mid-May 2009, Skib and bandmates took a short break from the North American leg of the Declaration Tour to travel to Manila in the Philippines. The band played a one night concert playing to upwards of 40,000 attendees at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila on May 16, 2009.[5]

In Mid-October 2011, Skib embarked on his second nationwide tour with David Cook, this time to support Cook's second album "This Loud Morning." The tour, which was co-headlined by Gavin DeGraw, began on October 9, 2011 at Penn State University, and ended in Boone, North Carolina at Appalachian State University on November 11, 2011.

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Capacity Performer Director Peak Position
2008 Light On Guitar, Keyboard, Backing Vocals David Cook Wayne Isham #1 – VH1 Top 20
2009 Come Back To Me Guitar, Backing Vocals David Cook Gavin Bowden #1 – VH1 Top 20
2011 The Last Goodbye Guitar, Backing Vocals David Cook Nigel Dick #1 – VH1 Top 20
Fade into Me Guitar, Backing Vocals David Cook Christopher Sims

Television appearances[edit]

Year Air Date Show Network Capacity Songs Performed
2008 November 1 Saturday Night Live NBC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Declaration, Light On
November 14 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Light On
November 17 Good Morning America ABC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Light On, Heroes
November 19 Live with Regis and Kelly ABC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Light On
Off Camera: Life on the Moon
November 23 American Music Awards
(Red Carpet)
ABC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Light On, Declaration
December 1 The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Light On
December 31 FOX's New Year's Eve Live FOX Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Light On, Declaration
2009 January 13 Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Light On, Declaration
Off Camera: Kiss On the Neck, Little
Lies (cover), Bar-ba-sol
February 12 Good Morning America ABC Guitar, Backing Vocals Declaration
April 1 American Idol Season 8
(Results Show)
FOX Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Come Back To Me
May 20 The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Come Back To Me
May 20 American Idol Season 8 (Finale) FOX Piano Permanent (charity single)
May 25 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC Guitar, Keyboard,
Backing Vocals
Come Back To Me
Off Camera: Bar-ba-sol
July 13 2009 MLB Home Run Derby ESPN Guitar, Backing Vocals Declaration
MLB Extra Innings Guitar, Backing Vocals Heroes
August 7 Good Morning America ABC Guitar, Backing Vocals Come Back To Me
Off Camera: Little Lies (cover) with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert
August 7 Live with Regis and Kelly ABC Guitar, Backing Vocals Come Back To Me
November 23 Live with Regis and Kelly ABC Lead Guitar Declaration
December 7 Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special FOX Guitar, Backing Vocals Lie
2010 March 17 American Idol
(Results Show)
FOX Guitar, Backing Vocals Jumping Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
2011 April 21 American Idol
(Results Show)
FOX Guitar, Backing Vocals The Last Goodbye
April 26 The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC Guitar, Backing Vocals The Last Goodbye
May 24 American Idol (season 10)
(Finale)
FOX Guitar Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
June 28 The Today Show NBC Guitar, Backing Vocals The Last Goodbye
June 29 Live With Regis and Kelly ABC Guitar, Backing Vocals The Last Goodbye]
June 30 Lopez Tonight TBS Guitar, Backing Vocals The Last Goodbye
July 7 The Talk CBS Guitar, Backing Vocals The Last Goodbye
July 14 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC Guitar, Backing Vocals The Last Goodbye
2012 May 10 American Idol (season 11) FOX Guitar, Backing Vocals The Last Song I'll Write For You
2013 May 2 American Idol (season 12) FOX Guitar, Keyboard, Backing Vocals Laying Me Low

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details / Artist Capacity Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US Heat US Rock CAN FIN
2003 Midwest Kings (MWK) Lead Vocals
  • US sales: Unknown
2004 Judging A Bullet (MWK) Lead Vocals
  • US sales: Unknown
2006 Analog Heart (David Cook) Engineer (Tracks 4, 5, 8)
Backing Vocals (Track 10)
  • US sales: Unknown
2006 Incoherent With Desire To Move On (MWK) Lead Vocals
  • US sales: Unknown
2007 A Brief Look at the New You (Bryan Jewett) Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards,
Backing Vocals
  • US sales: Unknown
2008 Luna Despierta EP (MWK) Lead Vocals
  • US sales: Unknown
2008 To Have Heroes EP (To Have Heroes) Co-Producer, Lead Vocals
  • US sales: Unknown
2010 Wake the Dead (Mike Kelly) Backing Vocals, Piano
  • US sales: Unknown
2010 The Sanctuary Live Sessions (MWK) Engineer, Lead Vocals,
Keyboards, Guitar
  • US sales: Unknown
2011 Lost in America EP (To Have Heroes) Lead Vocals, Piano,
Guitar
  • US sales: Unknown
2011 This Loud Morning (David Cook) Backing Vocals, Piano,
Guitar, composer
7[10] 23[11]
  • US sales: 89,000[12]
2011 Luna Espera EP (MWK) Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • US sales: Unknown
2012 Luna Se Hunde EP (MWK) Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • US sales: Unknown

Single(s)[13][edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Artist Album Capacity
US US Pop US AC US Adult US Rock CAN UK Digital
2009 Permanent (charity single) 24 34 26 10 David Cook Live Pianist
2011 The Last Goodbye 105 20 29 72 David Cook This Loud Morning Backing vocals, electric guitar, piano
2011 Fade into Me David Cook This Loud Morning Backing vocals, electric guitar
"—" denotes the single failed to chart, not released, or not certified

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