Andy Grammer is about to become a household name.
A year ago, the singer-songwriter was performing on the Santa Monica, Calif. pier for donations.
Now, Grammer's been picked as an artist to watch by Entertainment Weekly and Billboard, and his self-titled debut CD is coming out in two weeks.
His song "Keep Your Head Up" has become a top 10 hit. Even Taylor Swift has tweeted about it, saying she couldn't stop singing along with it. The video for "Keep Your Head Up" won an MTV O Award for most innovative video, and is in the VH-1 Top 20.
And Grammer performed it live - and acoustically -- in the "Second Cup Cafe" on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning."
Grammer's official website says his brand of breezy, R&B inspired pop is infectiously optimistic, chock full of instantly memorable hooks and explosive choruses. "Andy's music is one part John Legend, one part Maroon 5 with a splash of Lauryn Hill," the site says, adding, "Hard work comes naturally to the upstate New York native. After moving to Los Angeles at 20, he put in time tirelessly sculpting his signature sound and building a fan base on the legendary 3rd Street Promenade. A few short years later, Andy was hailed as one of the top-selling artists to come out of the scene, and now packs out LA's most historic music venues, like the Roxy, and House of Blues on a regular basis. That kind of journey is a testament to relentless perseverance, working hand in hand with natural talent.
"This life experience shines through in Andy's songs. 'I want listeners to walk away feeling like just heard something real,' he says.
"While some of the songs that make up his EP bounce along like a sunny afternoon, Andy doesn't want his listeners to forget about the deeper side of life that gives way to the night. 'In any song I write, the first thing I ask myself is if I'm being honest,' he says. 'Not every track is designed to make you feel better, but every track is honest."'