Video: Backstage chat with music prodigy Andrew McMahon

Andrew McMahon (Credit - Lindsey Byrnes)


Singer-songwriter-pianist Andrew McMahon chatted with Jackie Moe of Backstage SoCal about his latest single “Stars,” what his upcoming 40th birthday means to him, memories from his long music journey, and more. 

From pop punker to poetic songbird, the Emmy-nominated Andrew McMahon continues to be the ever-evolving artist every musician strives to be. 

The veteran indie-pop singer-songwriter-pianist premiered a new single, “Stars,” in August with his band Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. The fun pop rock tune features Los Angeles singer songwriter Ella Vos on backup vocals, with a must-see psychedelic music video to go with it. 

The band — which includes McMahon (lead vocals, piano), Bobby Anderson  (guitar), Jay McMillan (drums), Mikey Wagner (bass) and Zac Clark (keys) – is currently on a co-headliner summer tour with Dashboard Confessional. The Hello Gone Days Tour will wrap up in Phoenix on Sept. 7, just in time for McMahon’s 40th birthday, which he will be celebrating on the House of Blues of Anaheim stage in his home county with rock duo The Juliana Theory. 

The Orange County-based artist appeared on the scene in 1998 as co-founder, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of the pop-punk band Something Corporate, seeing major chart success with albums “Leaving Through The Window” (2002) and “North” (2004). 

In 2005, McMahon reemerged with Jack’s Mannequin, a more personal solo project that also saw immense success with three studio albums, including the debut album “Everything In Transit” which reached Gold status on the Billboard charts. His follow-up albums “The Glass Passenger” (2008) and “People and Things” (2011) entered the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. 

Then, in 2014, McMahon released his debut album under his own name and new band, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, featuring the top 5 alternative radio singles “Cecilia and the Satellite” and “Fire Escape.” Since then, the band has released albums “Zombies On Broadway” (2017) and “Upside Down Flowers” (2018).  

Along with heavy album and touring success around the world, McMahon received an Emmy nomination for his music production work on the NBC show “Smash,” and has performed in some of the largest festivals and concerts, including opening for musician Billy Joel on select dates this summer.  

McMahon has also made himself a household name for his 2021 released memoir “Three Pianos,” which details his life’s triumphs and struggles, and for his very public battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2005, chronicled in the intensely personal documentary “Dear Jack” (2009). 

Extending his inspiration beyond the stage, McMahon founded the nonprofit charity Dear Jack Foundation in 2006, after surviving his own battle with leukemia. For 13 years so far, the foundation has provided benefits for adolescent and young adults diagnosed with cancer and their families.

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