Andy Pratt (singer-songwriter)

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Andy Pratt
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Andy Pratt live at Greenbelt.
Background information
Born (1947-01-25) January 25, 1947 (age 67)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Rock, religious
Years active 1969–present
Labels Columbia, Atlantic

Andy Pratt (born January 25, 1947) is an American rock music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In the 1970s, he made a number of experimental records and scored a commercial hit with "Avenging Annie".[1]

After words of praise from Rolling Stone magazine ("By reviving the dream of rock as an art and then re-inventing it, Pratt has forever changed the face of rock"), he tried a more commercial approach.[2] Pratt converted to Christianity in the late 1970s and continued to make records and perform at big Christian pop music festivals.

Pratt has released over twenty studio albums as of April 2012.

Early life[edit]

Andy Pratt was the son of Edwin H. Baker Pratt, a headmaster of the Cambridge, Massachusetts day school Browne & Nichols School, which Pratt attended.[3]

Pratt was awarded an B.A. in English Literature in 1968 from Harvard College.[3] In 1969 he released his debut album, Records Are Like Life, which was not a success.[3] Pratt worked with various Boston-area bands and toured Europe.

Using his family wealth he built AEngus Studios.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1973, Pratt signed with Columbia Records. He released Andy Pratt in 1973, which had modest commercial success.[3] He released a single, "Avenging Annie", in 1973, which peaked at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] spending ten weeks on the chart.[4] This version was used on the soundtrack to the film Velvet Goldmine in 1998.[3]

Columbia dropped Pratt after an American tour, and he signed with Atlantic Records.[3] Bee Gees producer Arif Mardin was recruited for a more commercial approach on Resolution. In 1979 he released the religious pop album Motives, which "signaled his conversion to Christianity."[3]

After moving to Europe in 1987, Pratt returned to Boston in 2004 and started a new band with Sal Baglio and John Troy.[3] That same year, Not Just for Dancing (recorded with Stephen Hague), Fun in the First World and Heaven & Earth were re-released on a single CD.[3] In 2006, Pratt signed a deal with Ran Song Express Publishing to publish his memoirs, Shiver in the Night.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Pratt married in 1988 and became active as a social and pastoral worker. He divorced his second wife in 2004.[3]

Discography[edit]

  • Records Are Like Life (Polydor Records, 1969, reissued 1971)
  • Andy Pratt (Columbia Records, 1973)
  • Resolution (Nemperor Records, distributed by Atlantic Records, 1976)
  • Shiver in the Night (Nemperor, 1977)
  • Motives (Nemperor, distributed by Epic Records, 1979)
  • Fun in the First World (Enzone Records, 1982)
  • Not Just for Dancing (Lamborghini Records, 1983)
  • Perfect Therapy (GMI, 1986)
  • Life (GMI, 1988)
  • One Body (GMI, 1991)
  • Fire of Love (GMI, 1993)
  • Resolution: The Andy Pratt Collection (Razor & Tie Records, compilation, 1996)
  • Another World (Highway Records, 1998)
  • Heaven and Earth (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • I'm All Right (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • Cover Me (itsaboutmusic.com, Feb 2003)
  • New Resolutions (itsaboutmusic.com, Aug 2003)
  • Andy Pratt Is Back (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • Andy Pratt Solo (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • Live at The Village Underground (live album, download only, itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)[2]
  • Age of Goodbye (Fun in the First World + Not Just for Dancing +2, CoraZong Records, 2004)
  • Runaway Heart (itsaboutmusic.com, 2006)
  • Masters of War (itsaboutmusic.com, 2008)
  • Andy Pratt Loves You (Forward Motion Records 2010)[2]
  • Life and Death (Forward Motion Records 2011)[6]
  • Chasing Shadows (Forward Motion Records 2013)
  • The Wolf (independent 2013)
  • The New Normal? (Forward Motion Records 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael Ofjord. "Andy Pratt | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b c Michael Ofjord. "Andy Pratt | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "About Andy". Andy Pratt NOW!. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  4. ^ "The Hot 100 : Jun 30, 1973 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 1973-06-30. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Shiver in the Night - Andy Pratt". Xlibris. November 9, 2006. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Andy Pratt | Discography". AllMusic. 1947-01-25. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 

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