Back in the summer of 2017, aged just 17, Andrew Butcher competed as a finalist on the ABC TV music competition series ‘Boy Band’. He earned himself a spot in the coveted Top 12 and receieved rave reviews from the host, mentors Emma Bunton, Nick Carter and Timbaland, pop sensation Rita Ora and fans across the country.
Butcher stood out from the rest, not only because of his vocal prowess but because he was the only country music artist participated in the contest, and was dubbed “the strongest vocalist on the show! by Boy Band producer Tim Davis.
Now one year later aged 18, Andrew Butcher has relocated to Nashville to focus on becoming a solo superstar and last month released his critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Everything & More‘. Here we speak exclusively to Andrew to discuss his Boy Band experience, going solo, and moving to Nashville.
Growing up who inspired your love of music?
I would say my parents really inspired me in a lot of ways. My Mom always had an original Michael Jackson CD that I used to listen and dance to every day after school. My Dad always put on Kid Rock and old classic rock hits. But what really inspired me was when my Father dared me to do a talent show, and ever since then music has been my passion.
What was the main aim when you auditioned for Boy Band?
My main aim was to originally be in the “Boy Band” and pursue that route, but once on the show I really discovered who I am musically realized that maybe that’s not really the best for me. Once I signed with my manager after the show finale aired, I started on the path I’m on now and it’s been working out great.
How do you feel your life has changed since leaving the show?
My life has changed quite a bit! I’ve signed with my manager, I’ve written plenty of great songs with some awesome hit co-writers in Nashville, got to meet with people in the industry I never would’ve imagined possible! Everything a this point is now unfolding and its awesome to see where its going.
Do you think being on the show helped shape your musical output?
It definitely helped tremendously. Tim Davis was the vocal producer for the show, and he worked in the same capacity on the hit Fox series Glee. I learned a lot from Tim. He showed me things about my voice I never would have known were there if it weren’t for the show. “Boy Band” helped me grow my fanbase, hone my stage presence, and a lot of other key factors that shaped me into the person and artist I am today.
You’re now based in Nashville, what’s it like living in the Country Music capital of the world?
It’s very busy here! A lot of people, loud and awesome music, songwriters, and lots studios, music stores and talented people. Just where I belong! I’m living with my manager right now and am looking for my own apartment here in downtown Nashville. I’m excited for my future here.
How would you describe your overall sound to new listeners?
I would describe my music and sound as basically a new version of Thomas Rhett, Dan and Shay, and even Hunter Hayes. Country with pop and even some R&B influences.
Your debut EP ‘Everything and More’ was released April 27th, how excited are you about the release?
I’m extremely excited! Everyone who’s helped make this album happen is so excited for the release as well. I co-write 4 of the 6 tracks, and wrote with some incredible co-writers and worked with some awesome producers. The process helped me learn even more about myself musically, and I think it represents me really well for where I’m at in my career right now.
What has been the main inspiration behind the record?
The main inspiration behind the album was definitely the fans, learning what kinds of music that we love in common, and my family and friends that have been patiently waiting for it to be released. I’m stoked to get all of the feedback from them. They inspire me to do what I do every single day!
What do you hope the fans take from your music?
I hope that my music will cheer them up, and take them to places where they can just listen and not have to think about the world around them. I want them to love it and I think that they will.
Do you have any touring plans lined up for this year?
Yes! My manager and I are working on some things, talking to some agents and trying to get it all set up at the moment. We’ll let everyone know as soon as we have some dates booked! I’m excited to get out there on the road and meet the fans in person.
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