Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer to open for TrainWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Three years — that’s how long Andy Grammer toted around a car battery to power his guitar amp so he could perform on the streets of Santa Monica, Calif.
“There was one night after I went home I had to write myself a little song to keep at it. It’s a fun thing, but it grinds on you a little bit — it’s very little money, and it’s just a little bit difficult.
“So I wrote myself a little pick-me-up song, and people seem to like it,” he said.
That upbeat, infectious track, “Keep Your Head Up,” became Grammer’s first hit last year from his self-titled debut.
“I think you can write happy music that’s still grounded, you know, it doesn’t have to be airy-fairy. It can just be like a real part of the day, a real part of life,” the singer said during a call from Kansas City, Kan., where he was doing a radio promotion.
The follow-up single, “It’s Fine By Me,” also showcased his pop and soulful sound and shot up VH-1’s weekly video countdown.
“When you put out an album, you think: Will people like this? I hope they will,” Grammer said. “And now to be on my third single, that’s pretty cool. You can’t ever really expect that; you hope it, you dream it, but you can’t expect it.”
Grammer just finished shooting a video for “Miss You.”
“It uses glow sticks in a really cool way. I’ll leave you with that to make sure everyone checks it out.”
Brightening up someone’s day is the songwriter’s goal.
“I would just like to transform someone’s otherwise lame car ride into a really cool experience. I’ve had car rides to the dentist that were just normal and then ones where you put in someone’s CD and you had like an experience. You felt something,” he said. “And that doesn’t have to be a deep feeling; it can be just a happy, roll-down-the-windows, freak-out feeling or maybe a lyric hits you in a certain way.”
Grammer will open for Train at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre. Mat Kearney also is on the bill. Tickets range from $39.50 to $65.