Matthew Brendan "Matt" McAndrew (born September 6, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter best known for his appearance in Season 7 of NBC's reality TV singing competition The Voice, where he finished as the runner-up as part of team Adam. In January 2019, he joined as lead vocalist in the American post-hardcore band Slaves.
|Birth name||Matthew Brendan McAndrew|
|Born||September 6, 1990|
Barnegat Light, New Jersey, U.S.
McAndrew was born to Brenda (née Gordon) and Patrick McAndrews. He grew up in the small town of Barnegat Light, New Jersey, and has been writing songs and performing in bands since he was a boy. During his senior year at the Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, New Jersey, he decided to pursue a music career. He attended the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, graduating in 2013.
In 2010, McAndrew started writing solo acoustic material and playing his songs at open mic nights, ice cream parlors, and bars. He worked at Bach To Rock, a national music school franchise with a location in suburban Philadelphia, teaching voice, guitar and ukulele. He self-released an album called View of The Pines on March 1, 2014.
Among other projects including Other People, and Hollow Shoulder, McAndrew gained notoriety in High School for recording and performing a Christmas themed tribute album dedicated to classmate Dwight Wagaman.
2014: The VoiceEdit
On September 4, 2014, it was announced that McAndrew would compete in season 7 of The Voice. During his blind audition, he covered Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years". Three coaches (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams) turned around. He chose Levine as his coach.
In the Battle rounds, McAndrew faced Ethan Butler where they sang "Yellow". McAndrew was chosen over Butler, and advanced to the Knockout rounds. McAndrew covered "Drops of Jupiter", defeated Rebekah Samarin, and advanced to the Live Playoffs. He covered The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and advanced through the Live shows, saved by "America's Vote". The following week, he sang Hozier's "Take Me to Church" and was saved by public voting. That night, he received the first "iTunes bonus multiplier" of the season, with his studio recording of "Take Me to Church" reaching the fifth position on the iTunes Top 200 Singles chart at the close of the voting window. The song also charted at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In top 10 he performed "Fix You" by Coldplay and was saved by America's voting. In Top 8 he covered Damien Rice's "The Blower's Daughter", which peaked at 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and had opening sales of 92,000 downloads.
In the top 5 Live shows, McAndrew covered "Make it Rain" by Foy Vance and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2, and was voted through to the finale. During the finale the top four were given three songs to perform. McAndrew covered "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Lost Stars", a duet with his coach Adam Levine. His third performance was the original song "Wasted Love", which was his first single to break the top 10 singles of the iTunes top 200 charts. A music video for "Wasted Love" was released on The Voice's YouTube channel.
On December 25, 2014, after the result of the show was announced, Billboard showed McAndrew's "Wasted Love" at 14th on the Hot 100 with opening sales of 209,000 units sold. This is the highest mark ever achieved by a The Voice recording artist to date.
- Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
|Blind audition||"A Thousand Years"||Christina Perri||October 6, 2014||N/A||Three chairs turned|
Joined Team Adam
|Battle Rounds (Top 48)||"Yellow" (vs. Ethan Butler)||Coldplay||October 20, 2014||N/A||Saved by Coach|
|Knockout Rounds (Top 32)||"Drops of Jupiter" (vs. Rebekah Samarin)||Train||November 3, 2014||N/A||Saved by Coach|
|Live Playoffs (Top 20)||"God Only Knows"||The Beach Boys||November 10, 2014||5||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 12||"Take Me to Church"||Hozier||November 17, 2014||9||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 10||"Fix You"||Coldplay||November 24, 2014||1||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 8||"The Blower's Daughter"||Damien Rice||December 1, 2014||8||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 5 (Semi-Finals)||"Make It Rain"||Foy Vance||December 8, 2014||4||Saved by Public Vote|
|"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"||U2||7|
|Live Finale||"Over the Rainbow"||Judy Garland||December 15, 2014||12||Runner up|
|"Lost Stars" (with Adam Levine)||Adam Levine||8|
|"Wasted Love" (Original song)||Matt McAndrew||4|
2015: Republic RecordsEdit
On February 13, 2015, Republic Records officially announced that McAndrew was part of their Class of 2015 lineup of artists. On the same day, The Voice released a YouTube video of Adam Levine drawing a checkmark on McAndew's wrist, which was then made permanent by Studio City Tattoo, signifying that he had a record contract.
2016-present: New labelEdit
On April 28, 2016, McAndrew announced that he had started a PledgeMusic campaign shortly after parting ways with Republic Records. He stated in his Pledge pitch, "Under my contract with the label, I wasn't able to release new music, got out of that deal, and now I'm able to share some awesome new songs with you guys." On September 9, 2016, McAndrew released the independent EP Rush In Slowly, produced by Job Killer Records.
|View of the Pines||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions|
|"Counting on Love"||2015||—||—|
Releases from The VoiceEdit
|Title||Album details||Peak chart|
|The Voice: The Complete Season 7 Collection||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"A Thousand Years"||2014||—||—||The Voice:|
(with Ethan Butler)
|"Drops of Jupiter"||—||—||The Voice:|
|"God Only Knows"||—||—|
|"Take Me to Church"||92||—|
|"The Blower's Daughter"||40||30|
|"Make It Rain"||81||95|
|"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"||—||—|
|"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"||—||—|
(with Adam Levine)
|"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released|
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- Staff. "Matt McAndrew". ReverbNation. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- "'The Voice' Artist Matt McAndrew Gets Personal With Songwriting Process". Deepest Dream.
- "'The Voice' 2014: Jersey Shore finalist Matt McAndrew's small town start, big time dreams". NJ.com. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- "Matt McAndrew '13 Heads to Semi-Finals on 'The Voice'". Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- "View of the Pines by Matt McAndrew". iTunes. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- "Security Check Required". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
- "The Voice 2014 Blind Audition - Matt McAndrew: "A Thousand Years"". YouTube. October 6, 2014.
- "The Voice's Matt McAndrew Debuts on Hot 100 with "Take Me to Church"". Headline Planet.
- "AC/DC". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj Passes Madonna, 'Voice' Finalists Debut". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- "Hot 100: Matt McAndrew's "Wasted Love" Outranks Craig Wayne Boyd's Song (updated)". Headline Planet. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- "'The Voice' Exclusive: "Check Matt" McAndrew". Republic records. February 14, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- "Voice Standout Matt McAndrew Planning Independent EP Release". Idol Chatter. April 28, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
- "The Voice singer Matt McAndrew releases new EP 'Rush In Slowly' with record label". Socalmuse. September 12, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2017.