Andy Newton is a singer-songwriter and recording artist living in Somerville, MA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Andy first began to compose tunes in college as a means, in the great tradition of songwriters before him, to whine about girls. Now whining about girls is just one of a multitude of themes in Andy’s work.
Andy grew up in a manner similar to that of many children: listening to the music imposed on him by his parents. In his case, this came in the form of KFRC, the local radio station that, with every song it played, lived up to its boastful claim, “That means Oldies,” packing the airwaves with the seminal acts of the era, from The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and Otis Redding; to Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and The Lovin’ Spoonful; to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Beach Boys.
While an undergraduate at Brown University, Andy – experiencing first crushes, first heartbreaks, first mad, stoned crazes – would take to spending odd hours locked in his dorm room, picking and scribbling out songs one word and one chord at a time. On a dare, he began to study musical theatre songwriting, where he honed his technical skills as a songwriter – learning how to build a sense of mood, voice, and narrative into a tune; how to link melody with lyrics; and how to avoid “throwaway rhymes”.
After college, Andy moved back across the country to Los Angeles, where he enrolled in a graduate program in Italian literature at UCLA. Immersed in the arts, Andy found new inspiration for his songwriting in the great poems and novels he read. Though, mostly, he just listened to Percy Sledge while his volume of Dante gathered dust on his desk.
After getting his start performing in Boston, Andy released his debut album, A Banner Day, on June 26, 2015. This Folk-Rock foray offers a freewheeling, soulful round of first loves, first heartbreaks, first intimacies, first corporate jobs – a stirring series of the hard lessons and fast pleasures that the novelty of youth renders so unforgettable.
Andy recently relocated from Boston to New York, and he continues to perform live in both cities, both as a solo acoustic act as well as with his backing group, The Andy Newton Band.