Andy Skib

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Andy Skib
Andy Skib at the House of Blues, New Orleans, LA (performing with David Cook) – July 7, 2009
Background information
Birth name Andrew Powers Skib
Born (1985-11-09) November 9, 1985 (age 32)
San Diego, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • Acoustic guitar
  • electric guitar
  • keyboard
  • piano
  • vocals
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts
Website To Have Heroes Official MySpace

Andy Skib (born November 9, 1985, San Diego, California) is the lead singer of the rock band Midwest Kings (MWK). He spent most of 2009 on the Declaration Tour with American Idol season seven winner David Cook. Skib has previously co-written songs with former David Cook bandmate Neal Tiemann, who also served as lead guitarist for their band, Midwest Kings (MWK). Additionally, he has co-written songs with artists Zac Maloy (The Nixons), Hanson, Graham Colton, and Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup). Skib is also known for his most recent solo project, To Have Heroes. Skib is a member of David Cook's band, The Anthemic, providing rhythm guitar, keyboards and backup vocals. Skib and the rest of The Anthemic worked on Cook's second album for 19/RCA Records. The album, entitled This Loud Morning, was released on June 28, 2011.

Musical background[edit]

Skibb's musical influences are Sting and Jason Mraz.

Early career: 2002–2008[edit]



On tour[edit]

From January 18–25, 2009,[1] Skib traveled with bandmates David Cook (born December 20, 1982) (guitar and lead vocals), Neal Tiemann (born December 22, 1982) (music director, lead guitar), Kyle Peek (born February 3, 1988) (drums, backing vocals), and Joey Clement (born May 21, 1981) (bass guitar) to the Middle East to complete a USO Tour.[2] The band visited seven bases on their trip to Kuwait and Iraq and played songs from David Cook as well as crowd-pleasing covers including Tenacious D's Fuck Her Gently and Van Halen's Hot for Teacher.

In Mid-February 2009, Skib embarked on a nationwide tour serving as rhythm guitarist and keyboardist in addition to singing backup vocals for The Declaration Tour to support the platinum-selling,[3] major-label debut David Cook. Skib has had the opportunity to perform lead vocals on "Make Me" and "'Til I'm Blue" (Midwest Kings songs) more than once during the run of the tour. The tour began at Club Downunder in Tallahassee, Florida on February 13, 2009 and was originally set to end in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 25, 2009.[4] The tour was extended through the fall and came to a close on December 1, 2009 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina after 154 shows.

In Mid-May 2009, Skib and bandmates took a short break from the North American leg of the Declaration Tour to travel to Manila in the Philippines. The band played a one night concert playing to upwards of 40,000 attendees at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila on May 16, 2009.[5]

In Mid-October 2011, Skib embarked on his second nationwide tour with David Cook, this time to support Cook's second album "This Loud Morning." The tour, which was co-headlined by Gavin DeGraw, began on October 9, 2011 at Penn State University, and ended in Boone, North Carolina at Appalachian State University on November 11, 2011.

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Capacity Performer Director
2008 "Light On" Guitar, keyboard David Cook Wayne Isham
2009 "Come Back To Me" Guitar Gavin Bowden
2011 "The Last Goodbye" N/A Nigel Dick
"Fade into Me" Guitar Christopher Sims


Songs written[edit]

Songs produced[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details / Artist Capacity Notes
2003 Midwest Kings (MWK) Lead vocals N/A
2004 Judging A Bullet (MWK) Lead vocals N/A
2006 Analog Heart (David Cook) Engineer (Tracks 4, 5, 8)
Backing vocals (Track 10)
Incoherent With Desire To Move On (MWK) Lead vocals N/A
2007 A Brief Look at the New You (Bryan Jewett) Engineer, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals N/A
2008 Luna Despierta EP (MWK) Lead vocals N/A
To Have Heroes EP (To Have Heroes) Co-Producer, lead vocals N/A
2010 Wake the Dead (Mike Kelly) Backing vocals, piano N/A
The Sanctuary Live Sessions (MWK) Engineer, lead vocals,
keyboards, guitar
2011 Lost in America EP (To Have Heroes) Lead vocals, piano, guitar N/A
This Loud Morning (David Cook)
  • Released: June 28, 2011
  • Label: RCA
Backing vocals, piano, guitar, composer *US peak; 7[10]
*CAN peak; 23[11]
*US sales: 89,000
Luna Espera EP (MWK) Lead Vocals, guitar N/A
2012 Luna Se Hunde EP (MWK) Lead vocals, guitar N/A
2015 Digital Vein (David Cook)
  • Released September 18, 2015
  • Label: Analog Heart, INgrooves
Composer, engineer, guitar, programming, vocals N/A
2017 Brett Eldredge (Brett Eldredge) Guitar, keyboard, producer, background vocals, programmer[13] N/A



Year Single Peak chart positions Artist Album Capacity
US US Pop US AC US Adult US Rock CAN UK Digital
2009 "Permanent" (charity single) 24 34 26 10 David Cook Live Pianist
2011 "The Last Goodbye" 105 20 29 72 This Loud Morning Backing vocals, electric guitar, piano
2011 "Fade into Me" - Backing vocals, electric guitar
"—" denotes the single failed to chart, not released, or not certified


  1. ^ "USO 2009 Tour Schedule". USO. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  2. ^ "USO Kicks Off '09 with Entertainment Tour to Persian Gulf Featuring American Idol Winner David Cook". USO. Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  3. ^ "David Cook RIAA Certifications". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  4. ^ "David Cook Announces Spring Tour Dates". Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  5. ^ "David Cook to Perform at the SE Mall of Asia". GMANews.TV. Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Concert Preview: Father knows best". Tulsa World. June 6, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Concert Preview: Splinters and screws". Tulsa World. September 24, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  8. ^ "CD Review: Midwest Kings EP worthy of big label". Tulsa World. December 3, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Concert Preview: Universal questions". Tulsa World. April 20, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  12. ^ Idol Chatter 08-31-2011
  13. ^ "Somethin' I'm Good At - Brett Eldredge |Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Billboard 200: David Cook". Retrieved 2009-07-07. 

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