Drew Seeley

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Drew Seeley
Drew Seeley.jpg
Seeley during the High School Musical: The Concert tour
Background information
Birth name Andrew Michael Edgar Seeley
Also known as Drew Seeley[1]
Born (1982-04-28) April 28, 1982 (age 31)
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, Zac Efron, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, Selena Gomez
Website drewseeley.com

Andrew Michael Edgar "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. Seeley is currently married to actress/comedienne Amy Paffrath.[2]

Early life[edit]

Seeley 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, Seeley 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, Seeley tried his hand at Broadway, taking on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid.

Career[edit]

Seeley 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 Efron on the movie's tour. He has guest starred on shows such as One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek and Guiding Light.

2005–2007: High School Musical and recording songs[edit]

In 2005, Seeley began working with established producer Ray Cham and together they wrote "Getcha 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.[3] This garnered them an Emmy nomination in the Best Original Music and Lyrics category. In addition, Seeley filled in for Efron (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!.

Seeley'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. Seeley'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. Seeley appeared in Belinda's video of "Ni Freud ni tu mamá". Seeley 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.

2008–2010: More movies and songs[edit]

Seeley 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. Seeley starred opposite Selena Gomez and Jane Lynch in Another Cinderella Story, playing the pop star Joey Parker.[4] Seeley wrote and performed four songs in the film, and shot music videos for both versions of his hit song, "New Classic". Seeley 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,[5] and had a leading role in the horror movie The Shortcut.

In June 2010, Seeley starred in the Hallmark Channel television movie Freshman Father.[6]

2011–present: Focus on films and music[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, Seeley 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 Seeley stars alongside Lucas Grabeel and Adrian Slade.[7]

In June 2012, he co-stars in the Lifetime movie, "Talhotblond", posing as young "Tommy".

Seeley has also released music videos for his song "Beautiful", and most recently "Into The Fire".

Seeley 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 2012, Seeley began filming his role in a new film, Elixir, which was renamed to Lovestruck: The Musical. The movie aired April 21, 2013 on ABC Family, where Seeley 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.[8]

Discography[edit]

Seeley has also contributed to various soundtracks, singles, and music videos mostly produced by Disney. The most notable Disney album is High School Musical.

He is represented by the William Morris Agency and TalentWorks.[9]

He also recorded "Shake Your Groove Thing" with Alvin and the Chipmunks on their 2008 album Undeniable.[10]

Albums[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • 2006: "Dance with Me" featuring Belinda — from The Cheetah Girls 2
  • 2006: "Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá" Belinda (also with Raven-Symoné)
  • 2008: "If We Were" Belinda (also with Raven-Symoné)
  • 2008: "New Classic" featuring Selena Gomez
  • 2008: "Shake Your Groove Thing" featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • 2009: "Her Voice" — from The Little Mermaid musical
  • 2011: "Lazy Daze" — from The Resolution
  • 2011: "How a Heart Breaks" — from The Resolution
  • 2012: "Fly"
  • 2012: "Beautiful"
  • 2013: "Into the Fire"
  • 2013: "Til the Sun Comes Up"

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Complete Guide to Guys Stearns
2009 The Shortcut Derek
2012 I Kissed a Vampire Trey Sylvania
Television Films
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Front Desk Clerk (David)
2005 Locusts: The 8th Plague Willy
Campus Confidential Logan
2006 High School Musical singing voice of Troy Bolton
2007 Claire Bobby Mills
2010 Freshman Father John Patton
2012 Tall Hot Blonde Tommy
2013 Lovestruck: The Musical Young Ryan/Angus
Straight-to-DVD
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Camp Tanglefoot: It All Adds Up Tommy
2006 Christopher Brennan Saves the World Tom Hartwell
2006 The Modern Unicorn's Guide to Love and Magic Matt
2008 Another Cinderella Story Joey Parker
2009 The Shortcut Derek
2012 The Madame Partier
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Guiding Light Andrew (3 episodes)
2002 Dawson's Creek Male (1 episode) "The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest"
2003–04 One Tree Hill Johnny 'Vegas' Norris (2 episodes) "Crash Into You"
"You Gotta Go There to Come Back"
2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody David/Jeffery (1 episode) "Romancing the Phone"
2009 I Kissed a Vampire (TV series) Trey Sylvania (3 episodes) "Act 1"
"Act 2"
"Act 3"
2010 The Closer Boyd Martin (1 episode) "Jump the Gun"
2010–11 Glory Daze Jason Wilson (10 episodes) "Pilot"
"Fake Me Home Tonight"
"Hungry Like Teen Wolf"
"Papa Don't Pre-Game"
"Why Shant This Be Love?"
"I Ram So Far Away"
"What's Love Got to Nude with It"
"Shamrock You Like a Hurricane
"Hit Me with Your Test Shot"
"Some Like It Hot Tub"
2012 The Interrogationists Jason Vance (1 episode) "The Husband"

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

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. ^ "Who Are the Real Student Bodies". Retrieved 2009-06-20. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Drew Seeley Interview". Feeling the Vibe. April 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  5. ^ Andrew Gans (June 9, 2009). "Little Mermaid Welcomes Drew Seeley June 9". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "TWIST Chats with Drew Seeley!". Twist Magazine. Twist Magazine. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  8. ^ http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/music/blogs/news/Persimmon-Grove-Artist-Feature-Drew-Seeley
  9. ^ "Contact". DrewSeeley.net. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  10. ^ "Alvin Leaves The Chipmunks". redOrbit. October 6, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 

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