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American Authors
American Authors at Heaven London, 2014 (1).jpg
American Authors performing at London's nightclub Heaven in November 2014
Background information
Also known as The Blue Pages (2006–2012)[1]
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres
Years active 2006–present
Labels Mercury, Island
Website weareamericanauthors.com
Members Zac Barnett
James Adam Shelley
Dave Rublin
Matt Sanchez

American Authors is an American indie rock band based in New York City currently signed to Island Records.[2] They are best known for their hit singles "Believer" and "Best Day of My Life" from their debut album Oh, What a Life, as well as their Top 20 hit, "Go Big or Go Home", from their second album, What We Live For.

History[edit]

2006–11: Early years[edit]

The members of American Authors met each other while attending Berklee College of Music in 2006.[3] The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name the Blue Pages and recorded Surrounded by Wolves, Bear Fight, Night Hawke, Anthropology and Rich With Love. In May 2010 the band opened up for Cash Cash on the Robots in High-Tops tour.[4][5] In 2010, the band relocated to Brooklyn. On December 1, 2010, the Blue Pages independently released their single "Run Back Home" on iTunes.[6]

2012–present: Name change, Mercury Records and American Authors[edit]

In 2012, the group changed their name to American Authors.[7] In January 2013, the band was signed to Mercury Records.[8] Their debut single, "Believer," garnered attention through alternative rock radio.[9] Their second single, "Best Day of My Life", was featured in, among other things, a Lowe's television advertisement in the United States, a Hyundai television advertisement in the United Kingdom, an advertisement in South Africa for Castle Lager,[10] a Telecom New Zealand advertisement,[11] a trailer for the film Delivery Man, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 video game, the opening sequence for ESPN's 2013 World Series of Poker coverage, a trailer for the film Earth to Echo, a trailer for the film How to Train Your Dragon 2, the film Humpback Whales, and a trailer for the film St. Vincent. The song is also featured in the video game "Guitar Hero Live".[12] The song was also used in an advert for Centerparcs in the UK. The song won the newly established Sync Music Award at the SESAC Pop Awards 2015.[13][14] Their song "Go Big or Go Home" was featured in NBA videos showing highlights from the 2015 playoffs.

Singer Barnett at Highfield Festival 2014

American Authors released their self-titled debut EP on August 27, 2013.[15] Their song "Hit It" is featured on the FIFA 14 video game.[7] Their song "Best Day of My Life" was used in an MLB Fan Cave commercial and is the title music of Sky Sports News' My Special Day feature. It has also been featured in a television spot for the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in an episode of the television show The Vampire Diaries and in 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series championships.[16] The song was ranked number one on Billboard's chart of Adult Pop Songs for 2014.[17] Their song "Home" was featured in a movie trailer for the movie This Is Where I Leave You and in a video honoring troops and their families.[18] In 2013, American Authors won Overall Grand Prize in the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with their song "Believer". The group was number nine on Billboard's chart of Top New Artists for 2014.[19]

Tours[edit]

Supporting

The group has toured in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Festivals, concerts and other events[edit]

The group has appeared at various music festivals, concerts and other events, including: Lollapalooza,[20] SXSW Music Festival,[21] Firefly Music Festival,[22] Reading Festival,[23] Leeds Festival,[24] Bunbury Music Festival,[25] Freakfest,[26] Grammys on the Hill (an awards ceremony honoring artists and legislators who have improved the environment for music creators),[27] BottleRock Napa Valley,[28] Keloorah, Pukkelpop, and Polartec Big Air at Fenway.[29] As well as opening the 2016 Walmart shareholders concert.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

as The Blue Pages
Title and details Track listing
Surrounded by Wolves[30][31]
  • Type: EP
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: N/A
Bear Fight[32][33]
  • Type: EP
  • Released: January 20, 2009
  • Label: Walking City Records
Night Hawke[34]
  • Type: EP
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Walking City Records
Anthropology[35]
  • Type: EP
  • Released: February 1, 2011
  • Label: C*Medice Productions
Rich with Love[36]
  • Type: EP
  • Released: December 22, 2012
  • Label: C*Medice Productions
as American Authors
List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[37]
US
Rock

[38]
American Authors
  • Released: August 27, 2013
  • Label: Island, Dirty Canvas
  • Formats: Digital download
156 42

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[37]
US
Rock

[38]
AUS
[39]
AUT
[40]
CAN
[41]
GER
[42]
UK
[43]
Oh, What a Life 15 3 35 58 12 68 26
What We Live For
  • Released: July 1, 2016
  • Label: Island, Dirty Canvas
  • Formats: CD, digital download
60 6

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[44]
US
Adult

[45]
US
Rock

[46]
AUS
[39]
AUT
[40]
CAN
[47]
GER
[42]
NZ
[48]
SWE
[49]
UK
[43]
"Loverboy"[50] 2009 Bear Fight
(as The Blue Pages)
"Up All Night"[51] 2010 Non-album single
(as The Blue Pages)
"Run Back Home"[52] Anthropology
(as The Blue Pages)
"Keep Me Dreaming"[53] 2012
"Blowing Up"[54] Non-album single
"Walking Away"[55]
"Feels Like Yesterday"[56]
"Believer"[57] 121 12 15 Oh, What a Life
"Best Day of My Life" 2013 11 1 2 10 20 5 34 13 10 17
"Trouble" 2014 44
"Think About It"[62]
"Luck"
"In a Big Country" Non-album single
"Go Big or Go Home"[63] 2015 22 20 What We Live For
"Pride"[64] 29 33
"What We Live For"[65] 2016 26 40
"I'm Born to Run"[66]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Band members[edit]

  • Zac Barnett – lead vocals, guitar (2006–present)
  • James Adam Shelley – lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, banjo, mandolin (2006–present)
  • Dave Rublin – bass, backing vocals, keyboards (2006–present)
  • Matt Sanchez – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2006–present)

Barnett grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Shelley grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, Rublin grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and Sanchez grew up in San Antonio, Texas.[67][68]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  51. ^ "Up All Night - The Blue Pages". The Blue Pages. July 4, 2010. 
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  53. ^ American Authors - Keep Me Dreaming. May 11, 2012 – via YouTube. 
  54. ^ American Authors-Blowing Up. June 11, 2012 – via YouTube. 
  55. ^ American Authors-Walking Away. July 10, 2012 – via YouTube. 
  56. ^ American Authors - Feels Like Yesterday. August 2, 2012 – via YouTube. 
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  59. ^ "BPI Certifications". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
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  64. ^ "American Authors - Pride". YouTube. 2015-12-11. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  65. ^ American Authors - What We Live For (Lyric Video). April 4, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  66. ^ How We Spend Our Days Off. April 27, 2016 – via YouTube. 
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  68. ^ "Minnetonka". Americansongwriter.com. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 

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