Maybe it’s the curly locks. Or those blue-green eyes. Maybe even that boyish charm.
Or perhaps it’s the emotionally raw vocals, stellar guitar skills, and electrifying performances that get us every time.
After working the circuit as a solo acoustic act, New Brunswick’s Andy Brown has emerged a must-see (and hear) performer on the Canadian music scene. The 2010 Harvest Galaxie Rising Star winner is touted as a performer that ‘gets into your head and heart’. Andy has a contemporary folk rock style all his own, taking you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow.
Now with a solid band behind him, Andy Brown is making headway with his much-anticipated sophomore album, “False Alarm” (August 2009, debut EP – “Quicksand Confusion” – released September 2006). A wonderful blend of belt-out ballads, folk-rock, and pop-infused hits, False Alarm will surely see Brown make a deep dent on the national stage.
‘Crazy’, the first single from the album, has been selected as a finalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition and has made its way onto 100+ radio stations across the country, landing at #1 on the nationally syndicated East Coast Countdown. With official showcases this past year at Canadian Music Week, North by North East (NXNE) and Indie Music Week, Andy and his band have been logging some serious mileage.
Recently, Andy won the North-American wide “Test Drive 2010” competition sponsored by Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings, and nabbed three 2010 Music New Brunswick Awards ("Male Recording Artist", "Emerging Artist", and "Pop Recording" for False Alarm). In March 2011, Andy and his band traveled to New York City to record a 4-song EP at Tainted Blue Studios (Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys). The EP will be available this summer, and plans to record another full length album are already underway.
The band’s visceral energy on-stage is contagious and you’ll sing those belt-out ballads over and over till you know them by heart, Scout’s honour. This isn’t a false alarm.