Andy Grammer Talks Upcoming New Album & Single “Lease On Life,” Father’s Day & His Quaker Chewy Partnership

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Andy Grammer partnered with Quaker Chewy to release the ultimate camp track. The partnership comes as a good cause project supporting the American Camp Association, which will help fund summer camp scholarships for underprivileged children.

Camps are finally starting to reopen this summer and that means kids will have the amazing opportunity to play together after spending so much time at home last summer. Chewy wants to make sure as many kids as possible have the option to attend a camp this summer and make some new friends. In order to do this, they will be creating the best new camp song with a little help from Grammer, his daughter and some outside sources.

“To be able to help get kids playing together at this specific time in history seems like a really cool thing to be a part of,” Grammer told Music Mayhem.

For each song lyric submitted from June 7 through the end of the month, Chewy will donate $1 to support their Send a Child to Camp Fund, which provides camp scholarships to underprivileged kids across the country.

Aside from this camp track that will be epic, Gammer is also preparing to release some music following his new record deal. An album is currently in the works, but before that, he will share a new single called “Lease on Life” later this month. According to his two young daughters, who already got to hear the new song and know every word and dance along to the forthcoming track, it’s going to be a hit.

Andy Grammer joined Music Mayhem to talk about his partnership with Chewy, the anniversary of his debut album, upcoming projects, his daughters and more. Read on to find out what Grammer has been up to in this exclusive Q&A!

So, Today we have award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist, Andy Grammer. How are you today, man?

How’s it going? Good to see you.

Pretty good. So, can you tell us a little bit about your partnership with Quaker Chewy? I know you guys are in the process of writing one of the hottest camp tracks of all time.

Yeah, I mean listen, it’s been a really hard year for kids playing together. There has been a lack of that, and it’s so important. I have two little girls of my own, and the idea that the summertime, this summer, people are actually gonna get to be together, and kids can go to summer camp, and it’s a really sweet thing. So, we want to send as many as we possibly can and help send some kids that maybe otherwise wouldn’t be able to go. So, the way that we’re gonna do it, we’re gonna write a camp track. Basically, everyone submits their lyric of what camp means to you to Chewcamptrack.com, and then me and my esteemed writing partner, my 4-year-old daughter, are gonna take all these lyrics together, and we’re gonna make an incredible camp track. And for every lyric that is submitted, Quaker Chewy will donate a dollar to the American Cancer Association.

Awesome.

It should be really cool.

That’s really awesome. So, I mean, going into that, taking money from donations to underprivileged children to put them into camps throughout the summer, like what does it mean to you to use your platform to help others in that way?

Yeah, I can’t think of a time in history that it’s been more important to get people together. It’s just been a really hard year, and to be able to help get kids playing together at this specific time in history seems like a really cool thing to be a part of.

So what do you feel is like a great benefit for children to be going to summer camp, especially now more than ever?

Yeah, just what we get, the interactions that we get, it’s so basic, like I don’t know if it’s been this important throughout history, to be like, man, it’s been a whole year of, you know, I’ve spent a lot of time with my daughters, and I consider myself to be a pretty fun dad. But the way my daughter lights up when she’s around her friends, it’s still a little bit different.

On the topic of your children, Father’s Day is just around the corner coming up on Sunday, and I mean, being a father, do you have any special plans to celebrate the occasion coming up?

Yeah, I haven’t thought of it too much yet, but I probably just want to be around them in really fun ways. I was thinking I might, because I have two, maybe split it up and have like little daddy/daughter dates throughout the day. That’s my plan.

Oh, yeah, that’ll be awesome. So, I mean, I don’t know if you know this or not, but today is actually the 10-year anniversary of your self-titled debut album…

Whoa!!!! I didn’t know that. It’s awesome!

Do you have any plans to commemorate that occasion?

Man, I guess I have to. Thanks for telling me about that. We’re gonna have to celebrate or something. Ten years, holy crap!

I mean, and on that album is your chart-topping, massive hit, “Keep Your Head Up.” I mean, 10 years later, did you ever think that this song would be even more relevant in today’s times than it ever was, and how have you kept your head up over the last year?

I know. That one I just wrote as a little pick-me-up to myself, and then it kind of worked for a lot of different people. Over the last year, how have I kept myself up? I have really just continually had to choose to look at the good stuff, you know? And it’s been harder than it usually is for the last year, but still, I came out on top, I think.

Yeah. So, have you learned anything about yourself or your kids during your time off, off the road?

For sure, I got to learn what, like, real, like I think that’s I’m always present, but consistency of every day, every single day doing a routine with them has been a really sweet, valuable experience.

You also recently signed a new record deal, and you’re working on tons of new music, I’m assuming, and I know you’re gearing up to release your new single, “Lease on Life,” later this month. Can you tell us a little bit about that song and maybe the story behind it?

Yeah, “Lease on Life” is kind of like finding a new take on everything. I think we’ve all had to do that this year. Definitely. And hopefully, this new take is actually better than the old one. Yeah.

We seen a video of you and your daughters singing that song, and I mean, like, how did it feel to know that your kids are already gravitating toward your music?

Honestly? That’s like a really good sign. So I started as a street performer, and I remember when you’re singing a song, and a little baby is like bobbing to it, you know you have something. So, I’m excited. It’s been really cool to see them learn it so quick.

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So, on the topic of your music, you’re also working on a new album that’s due out later this year. Can you share any details of the forthcoming project? Do you have any tracks laid out?

Oh, yeah, it’s pretty much done. And it’s like, it’s very like… it’s always weird to talk about music, but it is kind of a lot on the topic of self-love. You know, I think a lot of people got hit hard with the pandemic, and when you take away what you do, then… A lot of us get our value from what we do. And I had to really do some self-exploring to figure out, like, oh, man, I think I’m getting a little too much of my self-worth from what I do, and putting those pieces back together and figuring it out for myself, created like some really interesting songs that I think everybody’s gonna dig.

If you had to describe that album in three words, what would you say?

Mmmm. I would say it’s introspective, bombastic and joyful. It sounds weird, but that’s what it is.

So going back to the 10-year anniversary of your debut, how will this upcoming album compare or differentiate from your debut album?

Yeah, I think the debut album is someone who thought he was being, he was being as vulnerable as he could be at that place in his life, and now, it’s just, like, there’s, like that album is a little more like singing down to a crowd, singing to a crowd. And this album is like getting into the crowd with everyone singing with them.

You’re kind of like bringing together everyone as one big unified group.

Or less, just like perspective of like… I don’t know, if you asked me at like 26, like, do you have everything together? How you doing, are you doing good? I’d go like, I’m great, I’m doing great. And if you ask me now at 37, how you doing? You doing great? I’d be like oh, I’m totally messed up like everybody else, but like, let’s sing about it. You know? But that’s I think the difference.

So aside from working on your new album, releasing that upcoming single, and partnering with Chewy, do you have any other exciting plans in the works for this year? Are you returning to the road?

Oh, you know, we’re going to be doing as many shows as we possibly can and hopefully working out that new interesting web of interesting difficulties to figure out how to get out on the road as soon as possible. But that’s definitely where we’re headed.

Awesome. Well, I just want to thank you for taking the time to chat with us today, and we look forward to all your new music and hitting the road, and definitely checking out the new album.

Great to meet you, man. Thank you so much.

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