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Andy Grammer ready to ride success to the next level

For Journal Register Newspapers

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With a self-titled debut album that went No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in 2011 and a couple of spirited singles -- "Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine By Me" -- that went Top 10 on the Adult Contemporary charts, Andy Grammer feels like he's accomplished quite a bit right out of the gate.

"Y'know, it's been awesome," says the Los Angeles-born Grammer, 29. "I'm on this tour right now and kind of off the regular album cycle, but it's probably the best tour we've ever done. The music has had plenty of time to sink in and people know the songs and have fell in love with them.

"It's great to get on stage and have everybody know everything. It feels like (the music) has really matured, and two years later I can see which (songs) work...well, they all pretty much work, but the ones that really work."

Grammer doesn't plan to stay off-cycle too long. Though he's "not recording quite yet" he's been busy writing and estimates he has 20-25 ideas in hand. He plans to "write a bunch more" after coming off the road in May and have something ready by the end of the year or in early 2014.

"I'm really excited," says Grammer, who's opened for Natasha Bedingfield, Colbie Caillat and Kate Voegele during the past couple of years. "I really want to prove to myself that I can deliver. That's the big thing for this (next) album -- 'Can you do it again?' There's a lot of people waiting, but it's cool, I think I can do it.

"That (pressure) is kind of what makes it fun. No one really knows what's gong to happen. It's like a sporting event; you don't know the outcome, and that's what makes it exciting -- unfortunately."

Andy Grammer and Parachute perform Sunday, April 14, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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