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Andy Grammer / Alex & Sierra -Paradise Fears Andy GrammerWebsiteMySpaceFacebookTwitterLinksIt's that familiar warmth that washes over you in the first 20 seconds of your favorite song. That little reminder in your ears letting you know today is going to be a good day. Once the hook of Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up" hits, you're already halfway there. It's that kind of infectious groove that sets the tone for his groundbreaking debut EP, and the kind of talent that turns a regular tune into an honest feeling that stays with you all day. There's something wonderfully original about Andy Grammer. Beautifully blending classic and modern styles into a catchy cocktail of genuine pop, Andy's music is one part John Legend, one part Maroon 5 with a splash of Lauryn Hill. He carries a moving spark to his sound that's unique in every sense of the word, while wielding a confidence that is reminiscent of rock n' roll's glory days. His songs are a throwback to the greats that have come before, and a path that paves the way for what's to come next. Establishing himself as a Road Dog, Andy hasn't stopped stacking up the gigs. He's played over 100 colleges to date across the country, from Duke to UCLA, and opened for some of the industry's brightest stars, including Plain White T's and Josh Kelley. The demand continues to grow from his thousands of loyal followers coast to coast. Hard work comes naturally to the New York native. After moving to Los Angeles at 20, he put in time tirelessly sculpting his signature sound and building a fan base on the legendary 3rd Street Promenade. A few short years later, Andy was hailed as one of the top-selling artists to come out of the scene, and now packs out LA's most historic music venues, like the Roxy, and House of Blues on a regular basis. That kind of journey is a testament to relentless perseverance, working hand in hand with natural talent. This life experience shines through in Andy's songs. "I want listeners to walk away feeling like just heard something real," he says. While some of the songs that make up his EP bounce along like a sunny afternoon, Andy doesn't want his listeners to forget about the deeper side of life that gives way to the night. "In any song I write, the first thing I ask myself is if I'm being honest," he says. "Not every track is designed to make you feel better, but every track is honest." The hardest working artist in the City of Angels has shown that his songs have stood the test of time, and his fans are proof that the world is ready for something sincere. "It's the difference between walking into a party at a swanky club and walking into a backyard barbeque," he says about the experience of listening to his songs. "It just feels good to be real." Alex & SierraWebsiteFacebookTwitterLinksAlex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton met on the beach in Florida when they were in high school, not realizing at the time that it was the fortuitous beginning of a musical journey. Alex was a musician, inspired by the infectious music and optimistic attitude of Jason Mraz, while Sierra was a competitive dancer with a love for all things artistic. The pair eventually moved from a friendship to a relationship, always singing together for fun in the car. Every week Sierra would drive over an hour to see Alex perform at venues around Daytona and New Smyrna Beach and it was only a matter of time before he began calling her up onstage to sing. As this continued for a year, the collaboration became more and more significant and eventually transitioned into Alex & Sierra. "We realized we could do more than just a song or two," Alex says. "It felt like more than that. I've always had confidence in music that's the only thing I could ever really see myself doing. And then when we started performing together I realized I would get more applause when Sierra was onstage. That made me feel even more confident in performing music. It really was something special." In early 2013, the duo filmed themselves singing the Civil Wars' "Barton Hollow" in front of a rubber ducky shower curtain in Alex's college dorm as an audition for The X Factor. Months passed and the group continued performing around Florida, including a show outside Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's Amway Arena performance in Orlando in the spring of 2013 for top 40 station, XL 106.7 where Sierra was an intern. In May, news arrived that Alex & Sierra had scored a spot on The X Factor, which they eventually won in December. The experience quickly took the pair to the next level, expanding their musical skills as they offered fan-favorite renditions of songs like Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble" and Sheeran's "Give Me Love." Alex & Sierra's versions of A Great Big World's "Say Something" and Sara Bareilles' "Gravity" reached No. 1 on iTunes. Overall, their X Factor numbers have sold over one million copies and earned 69 million views on YouTube. "The thing we lived by on the show was making sure what we did represented us," Alex says. "It didn't matter if we made it one week or until the end, it all had to be what we would do after the fact. The show was amazing because it's a great platform for musicians who want to be musicians in the long run. It was a place to start our career." Only a few weeks after becoming the first group to win The X Factor, Alex & Sierra headed back to Los Angeles to start work on their debut album. The idea was to create original songs that reflected the duo's thoughtful, amiable aesthetic. Their first writing session yielded over 20 songs, eight of which appear on their debut album It's About Us. The lyrics were particularly important to the musicians, who wanted to thread the songs together with an overall idea. "We wanted to develop our own sound, rather than make other people's songs work for our voices, like we did in the past," Sierra says. "We knew what we liked and didn't like, and that helped guide the way. The lyrics have always been really important as well. We wanted them to make sense and be meaningful so that others could get lost in the songs and feel the messages. As we kept writing we eventually chose to call our album It's About Us because the thing that connects all of the songs is exactly that- us and our own experiences." Alex & Sierra worked with various musicians and producers, including Toby Gad, Sam Hollander, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, John Shanks and Martin Johnson, over the spring of 2014 in Los Angeles and Orlando. The pair spent time writing with Mraz at his home in Southern California where Mraz played a song that eventually became the album's interlude, also titled "It's About Us." "All For You," a jazzy love song, is the first song Alex and Sierra ever wrote together. "Jazz is one of our favorite genres," Alex notes. "It's a really important song for us." The first single, "Scarecrow," is a rollicking folk pop stomper that perfectly melds the singers' voices. "We feel like there's something for everyone on the album," Sierra says. "The songs are all different some are pop songs, some are quieter ballads. But they all fit together like puzzle pieces that make up one piece of work." All these years later since their meeting on the beach, Alex and Sierra remain connected to Florida, where they still live with their families. The pair received the key to Daytona in December and the week of Christmas was dubbed "Alex & Sierra Week" in the city. The sunny sensibility of their hometowns resonates through both the music and the musicians' attitude around it. "It helps us mentally and emotionally to stay connected to Florida and our families," Sierra says. "Life is so good there that it makes it easy for us to remember that this world is beautiful and that we've gotta stay grateful for everything we have." "In the end, our ultimate goal is to have fun and show people that you can have a career having fun doing something you love," Alex adds. "We want to have fun and be as successful as possible just to show people that if you follow your passion and dedicate your time to it, it will pay off. You can do something you enjoy."Save
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