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Andy Stochansky is a songwriter living in Los Angeles. He first started out as a drummer in the Canadian music scene. His popularity caught the attention of songstress Ani DiFranco living just south of the border in Buffalo, New York. She asked him to not only record on her albums but also be her touring co-pilot. When that ended after 7 years he decided to change his musical direction.
Solo Recording Career
He switched instruments, taking up guitar and piano, and released his solo debut album, RadioFusebox, in 1999. The response to "Fusebox" was immediate. Music pundits everywhere were calling it one of the best CDs of the year. Joan Anderman from the Boston Globe called him "the best thing at SXSW" and David Byrne from the Talking Heads was quoted as saying he was a fan. "The press was so amazing but I wanted to switch gears and make a pop or a rock record, something definitely different. The day after my final Fusebox Tour show, I started writing something on the long drive home that would set me on course for the next few years. I wanted something with hook. I wanted feel good music. I wanted something which made people move, so I wrote Stutter and that opened the flood gates". He quickly had 25 new songs and wanted to let anyone hear them. He was approached by an independent promoter in California who wanted to know if he would play 6 shows in and around Los Angeles. On the second night of that tour in Los Angeles, Stochansky was approached by 3 different record companies, all wanting to sign him. One of the companies was RCA Victor.
In the summer of 2001, 5 Star Motel was released. Two songs, "Wonderful (It's Superman)" and "Stutter," received considerable radio attention. Stochansky kept writing: "Anywhere, anytime I would have the guitar in my hands or steal away with headphones and mini keyboard I was truly addicted". 5 Star Motel was produced by Tom Rothrock, but Stochansky chose Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik to produce his follow-up album, 100. Rzeznik heard Stochansky's demo tapes which were floating around the Los Angeles music elite. The producers already vying to produce him were Stone Temple Pilots brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo. Stochansky chose Rzeznik, who seemed to have a serious love for the music and an understanding to take it to the next level. According to Stochansky, Rzeznik warned him, "the critics would eat me alive for working with him," but Stochansky chose to go forward with the project anyway, saying, "that's when I said, great, let's get started!".
'Even though Andy's new cd 100 was completed and mastered, a restructuring of the RCA record company, along with the firing of the very people who signed him, put Stochansky out on his own. The first would-be single from 100, entitled "Shine," was covered by Australian artist Shannon Noll. The song was a hit immediately and holds the record for most weeks at Number One on the Australian Airplay Chart. A second single, "House of Gold", received radio success for Stochansky himself when released in Canada on Canadian independent label Linus. Shannon would have another Top 10 single again the following year when he covered "Loud" another Andy song from the same 100 CD.
Andy is solely concentrating on writing for other artists. He is residing full time in Los Angeles and "loving life".
Writing highlights have included
- "Still Your Song" "One Night" and "Home" which was the first single on Goo Goo Dolls "Something For The Rest Of Us" cd. "Home" made the Billboard Top 10"
- "BulletproofAngel" - "Goo Goo Dolls" from 2013 cd called "Magnetic"
- "Parachute" - "James Durbin" from 2013 first single (Wind Up Records)
- "Northern Lights" a song chosen for the Twilight Breaking Dawn (film / soundtrack) performed by Cider Sky.
- "Shine" - Shannon Noll ( 11 consecutive weeks at Number One on the Australian Airplay Chart - a record that still remains today).
- "Kick This Love""" - "Gin Wigmore" from "Gravel And Wine" (Bonus Tracks Version) 2013 Universal Music US
- "Midnight Girl" and "Great Bright Morning" recorded by Casey Abrahms (Concord Music Group)
- "Beautiful Like You" - Lee Dewyze (American Idol winner) for his Live It Up cd (single)
- "Liar" - Eden's Edge (Big Machine Nashville)
- "Lullaby" - (2 versions -full / acoustic) on UK artist Ronan Keatings "Fire" cd
- "Lose It" - Waylon single ( first Dutch artist ever to be signed to Motown)
- "Un Nouveau Jour" - Merwan Rim feat. Jamie Hartman single (Mercury France)
- "Loud" - Top 10 single Shannon Noll's third album, Turn It Up.
- "Amazing" - Vanessa Amorosi (Universal) first single
- "Neighbourhood" (single) and "Jokes On You". - Dewi (Universal Netherlands)
- "22 Steps" - Damien Leith (Sony BMG) (first single)
- "Summertime" - Brian Melo (Sony BMG) (Canadian Idol) (single)
- "Best Of Me" - Goo Goo Dolls - Hawaii 5-0 TV show and Soundtrack
- "Freak Show" - Reece Mastin - Sony
- "Until The Last Falling Star" - Matthew Perryman Jones The Distance In Between and Grey's Anatomy
- "Lets Funk This Up" - "Robots Get The Girls" single (EMI South Africa)
- "Home" and "Something About You" - Craig Hinds (first solo record from lead singer of Watershed)