Drew Seeley

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Drew Seeley[1]
Drew Seeley.jpg
Drew during the High School Musical: The Concert tour
Background information
Born (1982-04-28) April 28, 1982 (age 32)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Origin Canada
Genres Dance-pop, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor, dancer
Years active 1999–present
Labels TweenPower Entertainment
Associated acts Belinda
Website drewseeley.com

Drew Seeley (born April 28, 1982) is a Canadian actor, singer-songwriter and dancer. He has recorded many songs for the Walt Disney Company. He danced as a child in Ontario until he was about pre-teen age and then moved to Florida. Drew is currently married to actress/comedienne Amy Paffrath.[2]

Early life[edit]

Drew grew up in Toronto and fell in love with performing. He was cast in Hal Prince's revival of Showboat and stayed with the production for a year. In 2005, Drew started working with Ray Cham, an established producer and together they wrote "Get'cha Head in the Game", a song that was a nominee in the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy category, Best Original Music and Lyrics. In 2009, Drew tried his hand at Broadway, taking on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. Drew is represented by the William Morris Agency and TalentWorks.[3]

Career[edit]

Drew appeared on a number of spin-off albums from Disney's films and television shows, as well as being the "singing voice" for Zac Efron's character, Troy, in the hit television movie High School Musical, which is also the main reason he was the replacement of Zac on the movie's tour. He has guest starred on shows such as One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek and Guiding Light.

2005–2010: Breakthrough films and debut album[edit]

Drew performing with Vanessa.

In 2005, Drew began working with established producer Ray Cham and together they wrote "Get'cha Head in the Game" for Disney's quadruple platinum High School Musical soundtrack. His voice had been blended with Zac Efron's voice for the character of Troy Bolton in High School Musical.[4] This garnered them an Emmy nomination in the Best Original Music and Lyrics category. In addition, Drew filled in for Zac (who was shooting Hairspray) on the North America and Latin America tours of High School Musical: The Concert, playing in 60,000 seat arenas and he can be heard on both soundtracks and High School Musical on Stage!.

Drew's association with Disney continued and he can be heard as a featured artist on several Disney soundtracks/compilation albums including Disneymania 5, Disneymania 6, Disney Channel Holiday, Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 9, and Byou. Drew's duet with Spanish-born Mexican singer Belinda "Dance with Me", from the platinum Cheetah Girls 2 soundtrack, was played on the Disney Channel and on Radio Disney. Drew appeared in Belinda's video of "Ni Freud ni tu mamá". Drew also made a guest appearance on the current Chipmunks CD Undeniable, singing an updated take on "Shake Your Groove Thing" with Alvin and the gang.

Drew appeared in the Hallmark Channel Movie Claire opposite Valerie Bertinelli, and in the film Fly Kidz, which he co-wrote and produced the soundtrack. He also wrote and performed music for the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In! starring Corbin Bleu and Keke Palmer. Drew starred opposite Selena Gomez and Jane Lynch in Another Cinderella Story, playing the pop star Joey Parker.[5] Drew wrote and performed four songs in the film, and shot music videos for both versions of his hit song, "New Classic". Drew also appeared in Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck In the Suburbs as a hotel employee.

In the summer of 2009 he starred as Prince Eric in the Disney Broadway Musical The Little Mermaid,[6] and had a leading role in the horror movie The Shortcut. In June 2010, Drew starred in the Hallmark Channel television movie Freshman Father.[7]

2011–present: The Resolution, films and television[edit]

His most recent album The Resolution was released on April 5, 2011. He is currently planning on a national tour where he will perform his own original music. He also sang a song for the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up. He sang a song with Adam Hicks called "Dance for Life". It premiered in the episode "Vatalihoosit It Up", backed by a routine performed by dance crew the Jabbawockeez. "Dance for Life" was featured on the soundtrack for the show, Shake It Up: Break It Down.

On June 12, 2011, Drew was reported to have joined the CW's hit teen drama series 90210, but Entertainment Weekly later reported that he dropped the role due to his conflict schedule. In March 2012 I Kissed a Vampire was released, in which Drew stars alongside Lucas Grabeel and Adrian Slade.[8] In June 2012, he co-stars in the Lifetime movie, "Talhotblond", posing as young "Tommy". Drew has also released music videos for his song "Beautiful", and most recently "Into The Fire". Drew recorded a song for the third Shake It Up soundtrack Shake It Up: I Love Dance, called "I Do". It only featured on Walmart Exclusive editions as a bonus track. The song was also featured in the Shake It Up season 3 episode, "I Do It Up".

In 2013, Drew began filming his role in a new film, Elixir, which was renamed to Lovestruck: The Musical on ABC Family, where Drew played the role of "Young Ryan". He played opposite Chelsea Kane (Young Harper), Jane Seymour (Harper), Sara Paxton (Mirabella), Tom Wopat (Ryan), and Alexander DiPersia (Marco). He is featured singing his rendition of Usher’s “DJ’s Got Us Fallin’ in Love". In conjunction with the new movie, Drew co-wrote and performed “Here & Now,” the theme song to ABC Family’s spring promotional campaign. The song will be featured on Drew’s brand new dance-pop EP set to be released in April 2013.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Camp Tanglefoot: It All Adds Up Tommy Voice
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Front Desk Clerk (David) Television film
2005 Locusts: The 8th Plague Willy Television film
2005 Campus Confidential Logan Television film
2005 Complete Guide to Guys Stearns
2006 Christopher Brennan Saves the World Tom Hartwell
2006 The Modern Unicorn's Guide to Love and Magic Matt
2007 Claire Bobby Mills Television film
2008 Another Cinderella Story Joey Parker
2009 The Shortcut Derek
2010 Freshman Father John Patton Television film
2012 The Madame Partier
2012 Tall Hot Blonde Tommy Television film
2012 I Kissed a Vampire Trey Sylvania
2013 Get the Girl Back Sonny Short film
2013 Non-Stop Ronnie
2013 Lovestruck: The Musical Ryan Hutton / Angus Television film
2014 LA Bound: 7 Things Nobody Tells You About Moving to LA Parking Guy 1 Short film
2014 Second Time Around Sean Short film
2014 Do Over Sean King
2015 Yellow Day The Good Man
2015 Union Bound Confederate Sharpshooter Post-production
2015 Chalk It Up Todd Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Guiding Light Andrew "1.13547" (Season 1, episode 13.547)
"1.13548" (Season 1, episode 13.548)
"1.13549" (Season 1, episode 13.549)
2002 Dawson's Creek Male "The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest" (Season 6, episode 3)
2003–04 One Tree Hill Johnny 'Vegas' Norris "Crash Into You" (Season 1, episode 4)
"You Gotta Go There to Come Back" (Season 1, episode 10)
2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody David / Jeffery "Romancing the Phone" (Season 3, episode 18)
2010 The Closer Boyd Martin "Jump the Gun" (Season 6, episode 7)
2010–11 Glory Daze Jason Wilson Main role
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2009 I Kissed a Vampire Trey Sylvania Main role
2012 Trend This! Himself "The Dance" (Season 1, episode 4)
2012 The Interrogationists Jason Vance "The Husband" (Season 1, episode 4)
2013 The Flip Side Andy "Date Night" (Season 2, episode 1)
"Pregnancy" (Season 2, episode 12)
2013 Minute Motivations Andy "Holiday Special" (Season 1, episode 9)
2014 His & Hers Jason "All Your Friends Are Men" (Season 1, episode 5)
2014 CoffeeHouse Brandon Sherwood "Pilot" (Season 1, episode 1)
2014–present Max & Wrigley Making Friends Voice; Main role

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007–09 High School Musical on Stage![10] Ryan Evans
2009–10 The Little Mermaid: On Broadway[11] Prince Eric
2011 Celebrity Improv Mashup[12] Various Stand-up comedy
2014 Jersey Boys[13] Nick Massi

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
~DS~[14]
The Resolution[16]
  • Released: April 5, 2011[16]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Drewzilla[16]

Extended plays[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
The Resolution - Act 1[17]
  • Released: November 9, 2010[17]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Drewzilla[17]
The Resolution - Act 2[18]
  • Released: January 4, 2011[18]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Drewzilla[17]
The Resolution - Act 3[18]
  • Released: February 22, 2011[18]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Drewzilla[17]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[19]
US
Pop

[19]
AUS
[20]
GER
[21]
NLD
[22]
NZ
[23]
UK
[24]
"Breaking Free"[A]
(with Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron)
2006 4 6 13 46 36 4 9 High School Musical
"Get'cha Head in the Game"[A]
(with Corbin Bleu and Zac Efron)
23 23 125
"Dance with Me"
(featuring Belinda)
[B] ~DS~
"I'm Ready (Remix)"[27] 2007 Jump In!
"Best At the Time"[28] 2010 N/A
"Lazy Daze"[29] 2011 The Resolution
"How a Heart Breaks"[30]
"Into the Fire"[31]
"Fly"[32] 2012 N/A
"Beautiful"[33]
"Here and Now"[34] 2013
"Until the Sun Comes Up"[35]
"Holiday Mood"[36]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[19]
"New Classic"
(with Selena Gomez)
2009 [C] Another Cinderella Story
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Join the Party" 2005 N/A Byou
"Someday My Prince Will Come" 2006 Ashley Tisdale Disneymania 4
"Start of Something New" Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron High School Musical
"What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)"
"We're All In This Together" High School Musical cast
"I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel
"Find Yourself" 2007 N/A Disneymania 5
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" Disney Channel Holiday
"You'll Be in My Heart" 2008 Disneymania 6
"Shake Your Groove Thing" The Chipmunks Undeniable
"New Classic" Selena Gomez Another Cinderella Story
"Just That Girl" N/A
"1st Class Girl" Marcus Paulk
"X-Plain It to My Heart" N/A
"You Can Do Magic" 2009 Wizards of Waverly Place
"Love's in Vein" Frankie Blue I Kissed a Vampire
"Just a Little Peck" Lucas Grabeel and Adrian Slade
"Happily Afterlife"
"Her Voice" 2010 N/A Disneymania 7
"Dance for Life" 2011 Shake It Up: Break It Down
"A Space in the Stars" 2012 Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"For The Better" The Unattended[37]
"I Do" 2013 Shake It Up: I <3 Dance

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Notes
"Dance with Me" 2006
"Ni Freud ni tu mamá" Belinda's music video; guest appearance
"If We Were" 2008 Belinda's music video; guest appearance
"New Classic"
"Her Voice" 2009
"Lazy Daze" 2008
"How a Heart Breaks"
"Into the Fire"
"Fly" 2012
"Beautiful"
"Until the Sun Comes Up" 2013

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Category/Work Nominee(s) Result
2006 Creative Arts Primetime Emmys Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
for "Get'cha Head in the Game" from High School Musical
Ray Cham, Greg Cham and Drew Seeley Nominated

Notes[edit]

Notes
  • A^ : Drew sang in several of the songs, his voice being mixed with Zac Efron's, but he originally wasn't given credit for singing.
  • B^ : "Dance with Me" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  • C^ : "New Classic" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 14 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drew Seeley". TV.com. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  2. ^ "during a performance of the sketch comedy show Top Story! Weekly". TV.com. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  3. ^ "Contact". DrewSeeley.net. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  4. ^ "Who Are the Real Student Bodies". Retrieved 2009-06-20. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Drew Seeley Interview". Feeling the Vibe. April 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  6. ^ Andrew Gans (June 9, 2009). "Little Mermaid Welcomes Drew Seeley June 9". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  7. ^ "One Freshman is Earning his Degree in Daddy. Emmy Nominee and ‘High School Musical’ Singer Drew Seeley, Golden Globe Nominee Annie Potts and Four-Time Emmy Winner KimZimmer Co-Star in Freshman Father. A Hallmark Channel Original Movie Premiering June 5" (Press release). Hallmark Channel. April 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  8. ^ "TWIST Chats with Drew Seeley!". Twist Magazine. Twist Magazine. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  9. ^ http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/music/blogs/news/Persimmon-Grove-Artist-Feature-Drew-Seeley
  10. ^ "Disney's High School Musical Hits the Stage at National Theatre". Washington Ian. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Drew Seeley Is The Little Mermaid's Handsome New Prince". Broadway.com. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "ACME Comedy PHOTOS!". Drew Seeley Official Website. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Drew Seeley Joins The Cast Of “Jersey Boys” National Tour". Disney Dreaming. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Drew Seeley* – ~DS~". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ "DREW SEELEY DREW SEELEY ALBUM". Sing 365. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b c "The Resolution by Drew Seeley". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "The Resolution - Act 1 by Drew Seeley". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c d "The Resolution - Act 2 by Drew Seeley". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b c
  20. ^ "Australian Discography". Australian Recording Industry Association (Australian-charts.com at Hung Medien). Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  21. ^ "German charts". musicline.de. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  22. ^ "Dutch Charts - Hudgens". Dutch Top 40. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  23. ^ "New Zealand - Discography". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  24. ^
  25. ^ "American certifications – Breaking Free". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  26. ^ "American certifications – Head In The Game". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Drew Seeley* – I'm Ready (Remix)". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Drew Seeley - Best At the Time". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Drew Seeley - Laze Daze". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Drew Seeley - How a Heart Breaks". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Into the Fire". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Drew Seeley - Fly". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Drew Seeley - Beautiful". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Drew Seeley - Here and Now". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  35. ^ "Drew Seeley - Until the Sun Comes Up". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  36. ^ "Drew Seeley - Holiday Mood". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  37. ^ "The Unattended Soundtrack". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 

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