You may know recording star Andy Grammer from his hit singles “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me,” or the triple-platinum “Honey, I’m Good.”
Grammer’s uplifting lyrics, snappy, syncopated rhythms, and soulful vocals make him a favorite of anyone who needs a little bit of push during their morning routine or workout. His songs are basically auditory caffeine, guaranteed to get your blood pumping and your feet moving.
@andygrammer you have no idea how much having only your songs on my running playlist has inspired me to keep going ?? wish you'd come to the UK!
— Grace Morrison (@gracelmorrison) March 3, 2019
As a New York transplant living in California, Grammer got his big break while performing on the streets of Santa Monica. Today, with a little help from Tank Sinatra and Subway Creatures, he got back to his roots, surprising subway commuters with an impromptu concert right on the platform.
“There was a lot of hustle, but there would be moments when there would be 20 people on the street digging something that you’ve written,” Grammer said about his busking days. “That was awesome.”
And even though he’s achieved his dreams since his days of street performing, he still pays it forward. “I have a thing: I will always put money in for any street musician anywhere in the country, anywhere in the world,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “It’s like giving back the money I got.”
Grammer delighted the subway crowd in Rockefeller Center with a tight pop-up set featuring an accompanying band and vocal choir performing three jams: “My Own Here,” “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and crowd favorite “Keep Your Head Up.”
This just goes to show, you can take the busker out of New York, but you can’t take the busker—or the hustle—out of him. And if you didn’t get a chance to toss Grammer a dollar, don’t sweat it.
Andy Grammer’s latest album “Naive” drops tomorrow so do yourself a favor and buy it or stream it wherever you do your thang.