Drew Seeley

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Drew Seeley
Drew Seeley.jpg
Seeley during the High School Musical: The Concert tour
Born Andrew Michael Edgar Seeley
(1982-04-30) April 30, 1982 (age 34)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Singer-songwriter, actor, dancer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Amy Paffrath
(m. 2013)
Musical career
Genres Dance-pop, R&B
Labels TweenPower Entertainment
Associated acts Belinda
Website drewseeley.com

Andrew Michael Edgar "Drew" Seeley[1] (born April 30, 1982) is a Canadian-American actor, singer 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. Drew is married to actress/comedian Amy Paffrath.[2]

Early life[edit]

Seeley grew up in Toronto and fell in love with performing. Was once part of a boy band called NewGround. 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. Seeley is represented by the William Morris Agency and TalentWorks.[3]

Career[edit]

2005–2010: Breakthrough films and debut album[edit]

Drew Seeley performing with Vanessa Hudgens.

In 2005, Seeley began working with established producer Ray Cham and together they wrote "Get'cha 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.[4] 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. Drew'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. Drew appeared in Belinda's video of "Ni Freud ni tu mamá". Drew 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.

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.[5] Drew 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,[6] and had a leading role in the horror movie The Shortcut. In June 2010, Seeley starred in the Hallmark Channel television movie Freshman Father.[7] Drew has recently been touring the US as "Bob Gaudio" in Jersey Boys.[8]

2011–present: The Resolution, films and television[edit]

Seeley's album The Resolution was released on April 5, 2011. In support of the album, Drew went on a national tour where he performed his own original music. He also sang a song for the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up. A duet with Adam Hicks, "Dance for Life," 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. Seeley's song "It's Always Been You" was used as the theme of A Princess For Christmas, a 2011 Hallmark Channel movie.[9]

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.[10] In June 2012, he co-starred 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". Drew 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 2013, Seeley began filming his role in a new film, Elixir, which was renamed to Lovestruck: The Musical 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, Seeley co-wrote and performed “Here & Now,” the theme song to ABC Family’s spring promotional campaign. The song was featured on Seeley’s dance-pop EP released in April 2013.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Camp Tanglefoot: It All Adds Up Tommy (voice)
2005 Complete Guide to Guys Stearns
2006 Christopher Brennan Saves the World Tom Hartwell Short film
2006 The Modern Unicorn's Guide to Love and Magic Matt Short film
2008 Another Cinderella Story Joey Parker Direct to video
2009 The Shortcut Derek
2012 The Madame Partier Short film
2012 I Kissed a Vampire Trey Sylvania
2012 Pitch Perfect Male Voice #5
2013 Get the Girl Back Sonny Short film
2014 LA Bound: 7 Things Nobody Tells You About Moving to LA Parking Guy 1 Short film
2014 Second Time Around Sean Short film
2015 Yellow Day The Good Man
2016 Union Bound Confederate Sharpshooter
TBA Do Over Sean King
TBA Chalk It Up Todd

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Guiding Light Andrew 3 episodes
2002 Dawson's Creek Male Episode: "The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest"
2003–04 One Tree Hill Johnny "Vegas" Norris 2 episodes
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Front Desk Clerk (David) Television film
2005 Locusts Willy Television film
2005 Campus Confidential Logan Television film
2006 High School Musical singing voice of Troy Bolton Television film
2007 Claire Bobby Mills Television film
2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody David/Jeffery Episode: "Romancing the Phone"
2010 Freshman Father John Patton Television film
2010 The Closer Boyd Martin Episode: "Jump the Gun"
2010–11 Glory Daze Jason Wilson Main role
2012 Tallhotblond Tommy Television film
2013 Lovestruck: The Musical Ryan Hutton/Angus Television film
2013 Non-Stop Ronnie Television film

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 I Kissed a Vampire Trey Sylvania Main role
2012 Trend This! Himself Episode: "The Dance"
2013 The Flip Side Andy 2 episodes
2013 Minute Motivations Andy Episode: "Holiday Special"
2014 The Interrogationists Jason Vance Episode: "The Husband"
2014 His & Hers Jason Episode: "All Your Friends Are Men"
2014 CoffeeHouse Brandon Sherwood Episode: "Pilot"
2014–present Max & Wrigley Making Friends Voice; Main role

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 The Little Mermaid: On Broadway[12] Prince Eric
2011 Celebrity Improv Mashup[13] Various Stand-up comedy
2014 Jersey Boys[14] Bob Gaudio

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • ~DS~ (2006)
  • The Resolution (2011)

Awards and 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. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/playbill.coms-cue-a-drew-seeley-161897
  2. ^ "during a performance of the sketch comedy show Top Story! Weekly". TV.com. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  3. ^ "Contact". DrewSeeley.net. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  4. ^ "Who Are the Real Student Bodies". Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  5. ^ "Drew Seeley Interview". Feeling the Vibe. April 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  6. ^ Andrew Gans (June 9, 2009). "Little Mermaid Welcomes Drew Seeley June 9". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Drew-Seeley-Keith-Hines-to-Join-Cast-of-JERSEY-BOYS-National-Tour-20141014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y9UJJlTsXE
  10. ^ "TWIST Chats with Drew Seeley!". Twist Magazine. Twist Magazine. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  11. ^ http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/music/blogs/news/Persimmon-Grove-Artist-Feature-Drew-Seeley
  12. ^ "Drew Seeley Is The Little Mermaid's Handsome New Prince". Broadway.com. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "ACME Comedy PHOTOS!". Drew Seeley Official Website. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Drew Seeley Joins The Cast Of "Jersey Boys" National Tour". Disney Dreaming. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 

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