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Grand like Lorde but also sunshine-bright like Katy Perry, singer and songwriter Daya first climbed the charts as a 16-year-old high school junior. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she began taking piano lessons at the age of three, and moved on to voice lessons at the age of ten. Songwriting came later, and in 2014 she signed with the Z-Entertainment label based on her demos. A year later, her single "Hide Away" took off thanks to early adopters like Tyler Oakley, Perez Hilton and other superstar bloggers. In 2015, Daya released her debut, self-titled EP on Artbeatz.
The indie-pop band AJR — three brothers born and raised in New York City — has achieved a startling quick level of success with “I’m Ready,” a buoyant electro-pop smash that is certified US Platinum. The numbers speak for themselves: over 18 million YouTube views for "I'm Ready," over 34 million Spotify streams, thousands of singles sold each week, features in many major publications (including Billboard and USA Today), double platinum certification in Australia, a feature in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” trailer, and airplay on pop radio stations across the country.
Having toured with Demi Lovato, Train, Andy Grammer, Hoodie Allen, and American Authors, it’s clear AJR's appeal is as diverse as their music and audiences around the world can't get enough.
Recently, AJR has performed on The Today Show, Michael & Kelly, X Factor Australia, and VH1 Big Morning Buzz.
Adam (bass/vocals), is a 25-year old Columbia University graduate. Ryan (ukulele/piano/ vocals), a bespectacled 22-year old Columbia Junior serves as the band’s main songwriter (in addition to AJR’s music, he has also co-written Andy Grammer’s hits “Back Home” and certified Gold record “Good To Be Alive”). Jack (vocals/guitar), the 18-year old force-of-nature who splits time between lead vocals and attending Columbia as a freshman.
AJR got their musical start ten years ago, busking on the streets and in the parks of New York. Raised on the vinyl of the ‘50s and ‘60s, AJR was initially inspired by the likes of The Beach Boys and Frankie Valli, but the sound they’ve created has now been favorably compared to a modern mix of those classic sounds, with flavors of Imagine Dragons, Fun., and even some hip-hop production elements pointing towards Kanye West.
AJR writes, records, and produces all of their music from the living room of their Chelsea apartment. No pop svengali overseeing their work. No studio musicians filling in the blanks. No Max Martin co-write. Simply a DIY pop group with Pro Tools and a $99 microphone.
Their new single “I’m Not Famous” is a quirky twist of modern pop production and ironic social commentary. AJR will be touring the US in the spring and summer on the back of the new single and upcoming EP.
“Someone’s naked, no one is listening, everything is smoke and haze,” sings Lucas Asher on the title track “These Kids Nowadays” for the debut Faulkner Ep “REVANCHIST.”
“The starting point for this album was listening to Wu Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers on repeat in Brooklyn,” says Asher “Also, I’ve slept with the ’48 laws of power’ under my pillow for the last three years.”
The result is six hypnotically subversive songs, with contributions from producers RZA, JP Bowersock (The Strokes) and Mark Needham (The Killers) recorded at Rick Rubin’s house.
Since Faulkner emerged in 2013, the bi-coastal rockers landed an unfinished demo of their song "NY Anthem" in the hands of RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, Faulkner captured the hip-hop God's interest, leading to their first major collaboration. As a result, the track can be heard at the New York Yankees home games last year.
It is a tale now well told about a street performer on the Santa Monica Promenade who has gone on to reach tens of millions of people worldwide. It was on that California street corner, just five years ago, that New York-born Andy Grammer earned his stripes as a pop star truly shaping the rare and unique dimensions of the artist he is today. The crowds that gathered to hear him perform on the street are now millions of fans who attend sold-out tours around the country. The work ethic, fortitude and generous spirit that took shape out there in a public space translated into his first body of work, an album ripe with optimism, encouragement and good vibes. “As difficult as it was some times out there, I wouldn’t change any of it, says Grammer. “It was on that street that I could determine what songs were good. If people stopped and stayed for a while, I knew that song was a keeper.” Signed by S-Curve Records, Grammer released his 2011 self-titled debut album and became the first male pop star in a decade, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles. Those songs, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me” (certified Platinum and Gold respectively), sold more than two million downloads combined.
For his second album in 2014,Magazines or Novels, Andy Grammer solidified his role in the pop music landscape as a premiere songwriter and hitmaker. During this time, the world came to know and love Andy in many new ways; the songs, still full of ‘good guy’ spirits and hope, became more personal and the hits got even bigger. Andy’s music permeated radio and TV networks for nearly two years straight. He even showed the world a hidden talent as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. As a result, the infectious monogamy anthem “Honey, I’m Good” became a triple platinum smash and one of the ten best-selling songs of the year. It topped the iTunes pop chart and spent thirteen consecutive weeks in the top ten. “Honey, I’m Good” was also #1 onBillboard’s Adult and Dance charts. The euphoric follow up, “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah),” was certified gold.
In 2016, we meet a new Andy Grammer. This is the Andy that can safely look back at the last five years and know that his uphill struggle is behind him and blue skies are ahead. For the last six months, Andy has been off the road recharging and writing a new album. From these new sessions, a luscious first single has emerged entitled “Fresh Eyes.” On this velvety, groove-laden, pop gem, Andy radiates confidence for days and a romantic rock star takes center stage. Lyrically, “Fresh Eyes” paints a snapshot of those special moments when you realize you’ve fallen even more in love with your significant other. “It can be the littlest things,” says Grammer, “but the world stops for a moment and you’re like ‘oh my God, I love this person so much!”
Andy Grammer co-headlines a tour with Gavin Degraw this summer while simultaneously writing his new album