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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.[2] He is currently the vocalist for Slaves

Matt McAndrew
Birth nameMatthew Brendan McAndrew[1]
Born (1990-09-06) September 6, 1990 (age 28)
Barnegat Light, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer–songwriter
Instruments
Years active2010–present
LabelsRepublic Records
Associated actsAdam LevineSlaves
Websitemattmcandrewmusic.com

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Early lifeEdit

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.[3] During his senior year at the Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, New Jersey, he decided to pursue a music career.[4][5] He attended the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, graduating in 2013.[6]

CareerEdit

Early daysEdit

In 2010, McAndrew started writing solo acoustic material and playing his songs at open mic nights, ice cream parlors, and bars.[3] He worked at Bach To Rock, a national music school franchise with a location in suburban Philadelphia, teaching voice, guitar and ukulele.[5] He self-released an album called View of The Pines on March 1, 2014.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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 16, 2014, McAndrew was announced as the runner-up of season 7 of The Voice, behind Craig Wayne Boyd.[citation needed]

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.[12] This is the highest mark ever achieved by a The Voice recording artist to date.[13]

     Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original artist Date Order Result
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.[14]

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."[15] On September 9, 2016, McAndrew released the independent EP Rush In Slowly, produced by Job Killer Records.[16]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details
View of the Pines[7]

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions
US CAN
"Wasted Love" 2014 14 17
"Counting on Love" 2015

Releases from The VoiceEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US
The Voice: The Complete Season 7 Collection
  • Release date: December 16, 2014
  • Label: Republic Records
  • Format: digital download
26

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US CAN
"A Thousand Years" 2014 The Voice:
The Complete
Season 7
Collection
"Yellow"
(with Ethan Butler)
non-album single
"Drops of Jupiter" The Voice:
The Complete
Season 7
Collection
"God Only Knows"
"Take Me to Church" 92
"Fix You"
"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"
"Lost Stars"
(with Adam Levine)
83 86
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Matt McAndrew - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "About Matt McAndrew". nbc.com. NBC The Voice. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Staff. "Matt McAndrew". ReverbNation. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "'The Voice' Artist Matt McAndrew Gets Personal With Songwriting Process". Deepest Dream.
  5. ^ a b "'The Voice' 2014: Jersey Shore finalist Matt McAndrew's small town start, big time dreams". NJ.com. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Matt McAndrew '13 Heads to Semi-Finals on 'The Voice'". Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "View of the Pines by Matt McAndrew". iTunes. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Security Check Required". www.facebook.com. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Voice 2014 Blind Audition - Matt McAndrew: "A Thousand Years"". YouTube. October 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "The Voice's Matt McAndrew Debuts on Hot 100 with "Take Me to Church"". Headline Planet.
  11. ^ "AC/DC". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  12. ^ "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj Passes Madonna, 'Voice' Finalists Debut". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "Hot 100: Matt McAndrew's "Wasted Love" Outranks Craig Wayne Boyd's Song (updated)". Headline Planet. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "'The Voice' Exclusive: "Check Matt" McAndrew". Republic records. February 14, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "Voice Standout Matt McAndrew Planning Independent EP Release". Idol Chatter. April 28, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  16. ^ "The Voice singer Matt McAndrew releases new EP 'Rush In Slowly' with record label". Socalmuse. September 12, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2017.