The beginning of Drew Machak’s life in music revolved around a piano. It gradually led him toward the stage for performances in variety shows, plays, and musicals. He is part of the last generation to grow up with no internet, no cell phone cameras, and with a trusty landline. From 2008 to 2013 Drew played with jam band The Blue Effect on a weekly basis travelling around Michigan. He has played festivals like Arts, Beats, & Eats, sang in the legendary Fillmore in Detroit, and put out two solo albums with a third on the way.
His last two albums “I’m Here” and “LoveStreetDemon” have been very important career compasses for Drew, leading him to his current direction and towards acoustic salvation. This upcoming album will be his most cohesive yet. A folk/pop blend with touches of blues and a kickdrum pulse. With songs that flashback to his late teen years, contemporary ballads about the struggle of finding balance in life, and one song in particular that talks about living out of the public eye while still maintaining a career as a fulltime musician. An impossible feat you would think, but you can actually find Machak softly strumming for the gentle souls of Lansing’s most prominent yoga studio, Hilltop. He offers his honesty, music, and voice to any and all who are looking for it, whether they know it or not.
Drew’s voice has taken him many places, including the hollywood round in season ten of American Idol, which turned out to be a very fruitful experience. Not only did he get to see what Idol was really like, but he gained valuable knowledge that he often refers to when looking over prospective business endeavors. More recently, Drew’s singing has taken him to the top of the Rencen in the heart of Motown for Detroit’s 2012 fireworks show. On a local level, he has recently found a weekly spot downtown East Lansing on the bar at Harper’s, where local legend Jerry Sprague has been the only person allowed to play the countertops for years. It seems as if the times are changing, and original music is becoming the new standard. This is what Machak is pushing for anyways... and he will continue to do so with over four albums of original material on both the guitar and piano.