Andy Grammer

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Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer 2014.jpg
Grammer performing in 2014
Background information
Birth name Andrew Charles Grammer
Born Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2010–present
Labels S-Curve

Andrew Charles "Andy" Grammer is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is signed to S-Curve Records.[1] His debut album, Andy Grammer, was released in 2011[2] and spawned the hit singles "Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine by Me". His second album Magazines or Novels was released in 2014, with "Back Home" as the first single. The album's second single, "Honey, I'm Good.", is his most successful song to date, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. This single has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA and was ranked one of the ten best-selling songs of 2015 by Soundscan. He is also most recently known for performing the National Anthem at the Patriots-Broncos AFC Championship game in Denver in January 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Andrew Charles Grammer was born in Los Angeles, the son of Kathryn (Willoughby)[3] and recording artist Robert Crane "Red" Grammer,[4][5] He grew up in Chester, New York, graduating from Monroe-Woodbury High School.[6] As a child, he learned to play the trumpet and later the guitar and piano.[6] He began writing songs at 15.[7] At 20, he left Binghamton University after unsuccessfully auditioning for the Binghamton Crosbys and returned to the Los Angeles area,[8][better source needed] where he currently resides.[9] In 2007, he graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in Music Industry Studies.[10]

In July 2012, Grammer married recording artist Aijia.[11][12] He is a member of the Bahá'í Faith.[13]

Musical career[edit]

Grammer performing in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 2012

Grammer started as a busker on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica[1][14] and later performed in the Viper Room.[8] He was discovered by his manager in July 2009 and signed with label S-Curve Records in April 2010.[15] Grammer's popular songs include: "Honey, I'm Good", "Keep Your Head Up", "Fine By Me", "Lunatic", "Ladies", "Biggest Man in L.A.", "Numbers", "Stepping Stone", "Couple More Sleeves", "Fireflies", and "The Pocket".

Grammer's debut video "Keep Your Head Up", which featured actor Rainn Wilson,[1][16] was an iTunes Video of the Week in 2010,[citation needed] and the version of the video on Grammer's website uses an interactive interface that allows the viewer to "send the singer into goofy scenarios".[17] He performed the song on The Rachael Ray Show on November 17, 2010.[18] It has since debuted at No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100[19] Grammer's debut album sales for the first week earned him the No. 1 spot on the Billboard New Artist Chart.[20][better source needed]

Grammer opened for Plain White T's for the second leg of their "Wonders of the Younger" tour in the spring of 2011.[21]

In January 2011, Grammer was named an "Artist to Watch" by Billboard magazine.[22]

Grammer performed at SXSW 2011, playing BMI's Acoustic Brunch,[23] where he was one of the artists contributing to a recording produced by Hanson to benefit the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake.[24]

Grammer won MTV's "O Music Awards" for most innovative video for his "Keep Your Head Up" video on April 25, 2011.[25][26]

Grammer's debut album, Andy Grammer, was released on June 14, 2011 on S-Curve Records.[27] The self-titled album was produced by Matt Wallace (Maroon 5), Matt Radosevich, Dave Katz, and Sam Hollander (Gym Class Heroes).

On the new album, Grammer says:

Grammer joined Natasha Bedingfield on her Less is More Tour, starting June 2011, and Colbie Caillat on her U.S. and Canada tour, starting August 2011.[28][29] Grammer opened shows with Kate Voegele and Kevin Hammond.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles featured Grammer for the museum's first installment of its homegrown local artist series starting May 2011.[30]

On November 16, 2011 Grammer announced his 2012 headlining tour.[31]

On May 21, 2013, Grammer released a new EP, Crazy Beautiful, which was features two original songs, "Crazy Beautiful" and "I Choose You", and a live version of "Crazy Beautiful". The new EP was released by S-Curve Records.

On March 25, 2014, Grammer debuted "Back Home", the lead single from his second album, Magazines or Novels. The song, co-written with Ryan Met from the group AJR, was released to iTunes on April 8, 2014. The album was released August 5, 2014. Grammer went on the "Siren Songs" tour with Los Angeles-based recording artist Hughie Stone Fish in September 2014.[32]

On August 31, 2015, Grammer was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars.[33] He was paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd until an ankle injury forced her to withdraw.[34] His new partner was Allison Holker.[35] Grammer and Holker were eliminated on Week 8 of competition and finished in 7th place.[36]

On October 27, 2015, he performed the National Anthem prior to the start of the opening game of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.


Of his influences, he said: "I have three different places that I draw inspiration from. There's the guitar guys like Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Jack Johnson; piano influences like Coldplay, The Fray and OneRepublic. And then I really love how hip-hop creates complexity in words. I love Common, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Kanye West. I try to make a smorgasbord of the three."[15]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart

Andy Grammer
  • Release date: June 14, 2011
  • Label: S-Curve Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
105 1
Magazines or Novels
  • Release date: August 5, 2014
  • Label: S-Curve Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Title Album details
The World Is Yours[39]
Soft Lights On Bright Colors[40]
Live from L.A.
Crazy Beautiful


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Keep Your Head Up" 2011 53 53 27 61 156[A] 94 34
  • RIAA: Platinum
Andy Grammer
"Fine by Me" 84 47 94
  • RIAA: Gold
"Miss Me" 2012 [B]
"Back Home" 2014 27 17 Magazines or Novels
"Honey, I'm Good." 9 64 4 175 100 72 65
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum
"Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)" 2015 62
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ In France, "Keep Your Head Up" charted as the French version featuring Mélissa Nkonda, alternatively titled "Relève la tête".
  2. ^ "Miss Me" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 35 on the Ultratip chart.


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