Andy Shauf

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Andy Shauf
Andy Shauf performing on stage
Andy Shauf performing on stage
Background information
Born26 May 1987
Estevan, Saskatchewan
OriginRegina, Saskatchewan, Canada
GenresIndie pop, folk rock, baroque pop
Occupation(s)Musical Artist
Years active2000's–present
LabelsArts & Crafts, ANTI-
Associated actsFoxwarren

Andy Shauf is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Regina, Saskatchewan.[1] He plays several instruments, including clarinet.[2]

Early life[edit]

Shauf was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, grew up in Bienfait, and later moved to Regina.[2] His parents ran an electronics and music store, giving him access to a variety of instruments.[2] He played Christian music with his parents.[3]

Career[edit]

Shauf was a drummer in the Christian pop punk band Captain until 2006.[2]

He released his debut album, Darker Days, in 2009,[4] and followed up with the EPs Waiting for the Sun to Leave (2010) and Sam Jones Feeds His Demons (2012).

He released the album The Bearer of Bad News independently in 2012.[5] The album was re-released in 2015 on Tender Loving Empire and Party Damage Records.[5]

In 2015, Shauf signed to Arts & Crafts Productions in Canada and ANTI- internationally, releasing the non-album single "Jenny Come Home" as his first release on both labels.[6] "Jenny Come Home" was Shauf's breakthrough on Canadian radio, charting on both CBC Radio 2's Radio 2 Top 20[7] and CBC Radio 3.[8]

Through early 2016, he toured Europe as an opening act for The Lumineers.[9] He moved from Saskatchewan to Toronto in April,[2] and his album, The Party, was released in May.[4] After some experimental recordings with a group of musicians, Shauf ended up playing almost all of the instruments on the album himself, recording the tracks sequentially.[10][11]

His song "Wendell Walker" from The Bearer of Bad News was shortlisted for the 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize,[12] and The Party was a shortlisted finalist for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.[13][14] Following the release he toured throughout 2017 accompanied with a five-piece band that included multi-instrumentalist Karen Ng.[15]

In 2018 Shauf recorded an album with D.A. Kissick, Avery Kissick and Dallas Bryson, under the band name Foxwarren.[16] The album was released on 30 November 2018,[16] and received a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2020.[17]

On 23 October 2019, Shauf announced that a new album, The Neon Skyline, would be released 24 January 2020.[18] A single, "Things I Do," was released the same day.[18]

Images[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[19]
US
Heat

[20]
Love and the Memories of It
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: self-released
Grandpa Songs
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: self-released
Darker Days
The Bearer of Bad News
  • Released: 2012
  • Re-released: 30 January 2015[22]
  • Label: TLE
The Party
The Neon Skyline
  • Released: 24 January 2020[24]
  • Label: ANTI-
91 23
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

  • Tour EP (2009)
  • Four Songs (2009)
  • Waiting for the Sun to Leave (2010)[25]
  • Sam Jones Feeds His Demons (2012)

with Foxwarren[edit]

  • Foxwarren (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2013 Western Canadian Music Awards Producer of the Year Andy Shauf Won [26]
2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize English Songwriting Prize "Wendell Walker" Nominated [12]
Polaris Music Prize Best Full-length Canadian Album The Party Nominated [27]
2017 Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Andy Shauf Nominated [28]
Adult Alternative Album of the Year The Party Nominated
Recording Engineer of the Year "The Magician" Nominated
"To You" Nominated
Canadian Independent Music Awards Album of the Year The Party Nominated [29]
Songwriter of the Year "The Magician" & "Quite Like You" Nominated
Western Canadian Music Awards BreakOut Artist of the Year Andy Shauf Nominated [30]
Pop Artist of the Year Won
Producer of the Year The Party Nominated
Recording of the Year Nominated
Songwriter of the Year "The Magician" Nominated
2020 Juno Awards of 2020 Alternative Album of the Year Foxwarren Pending [31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andy Shauf Channels His Inner Awkwardness for 'The Party'". Exclaim!, 20 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Carla Gillis, "Andy Shauf moves to Toronto". Now, 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ Ron Johnson, "Toronto singer-songwriter Andy Shauf on his latest album ahead of his Virgin Mod Club show tonight". Post City Toronto, 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Andy Shauf, The Party's Gracious Host". Paste, 26 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Bad News Bearer". Portland Mercury, 4 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Andy Shauf Signs to Arts & Crafts/Anti-, Shares New Song". Exclaim!, 16 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Radio 2 Top 20 January 8: Alessia Cara kicks off the new year with a new number one" Archived 2016-03-01 at the Wayback Machine. CBC Radio 2, 8 January 2016.
  8. ^ "CBC Radio 3’s top 103 Canadian indie songs of 2015" Archived 2016-03-01 at the Wayback Machine. CBC Radio 3, 22 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Good news keeping rolling in for Andy Shauf". Regina Leader-Post, 17 June 2016.
  10. ^ Ben Rayner, "Andy Shauf doesn't play well with others". Toronto Star, 21 November 2016
  11. ^ Mike Usinger, "Andy Shauf found out that he’s better off alone sometimes". The Georgia Straight, 12 October 2016
  12. ^ a b "SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists Announced". Exclaim!, 9 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Saskatchewan's Andy Shauf makes the 2016 Polaris Music Prize long list". CBC News, 16 June 2016.
  14. ^ Devin Pacholik, "Andy Shauf: A bigger profile, same humble songwriter". Regina Leader-Post, 6 October 2016.
  15. ^ Greene, Sarah (10 July 2017). "Andy Shauf Main Stage, Sudbury ON, July 9". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Andy Shauf Announces New LP with Foxwarren". Exclaim!, 5 November 2018.
  17. ^ Melody Lau, "Alessia Cara and Tory Lanez lead the 2020 Juno nominations". CBC Music, 28 January 2019.
  18. ^ a b Allie Gregory, "Andy Shauf Announces New Album 'The Neon Skyline,' Hits Canada on World Tour". Exclaim!, 23 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Andy Shauf – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  20. ^ "Andy Shauf – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Darker Days by Andy Shauf on Apple Music". Apple Music (US). Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  22. ^ "The Bearer of Bad News by Andy Shauf on Apple Music". Apple Music (US). Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  23. ^ "The Party by Andy Shauf on Apple Music". Apple Music (US). Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  24. ^ "The Neon Skyline by Andy Shauf on Apple Music". Apple Music (US). Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  25. ^ "Waiting for the Sun to Leave by Andy Shauf on Apple Music". Apple Music (US). Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Solid night of wins for B.C. artists at the Western Canadian Music Awards". Montreal Gazette. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Meet the 10 artists shortlisted for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize". CBC Music. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Andy Shauf up for three Juno Awards". Estevan Mercury. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  29. ^ "CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES 2017 JIM BEAM INDIES WITH INDIE88 WINNERS". Indie 88. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  30. ^ "BreakOut West Reveals 2017's Western Canadian Music Awards Nominees". Exclaim!. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  31. ^ Melody Lau, "Alessia Cara and Tory Lanez lead the 2020 Juno nominations". CBC Music, January 28, 2020.