Andrew McMahon is a singer/songwriter. He was the vocalist, pianist and primary songwriter for the bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin and performs solo. On April 30, 2013, he debuted his first solo work entitled "The Pop Underground."
McMahon started playing the piano at age 8. The following year, he began performing piano solos before he could even read music. He started his first band, Left Here, with high school friends and then went on to form Something Corporate.
Fronted by McMahon, Something Corporate recorded their self-released 10-song demo album “Ready... Break,” their nationwide debut EP "Audioboxer," and their two full lengths, "Leaving Through the Window" and "North."
Something Corporate went on hiatus in 2004. During the hiatus, McMahon found success in his side-project Jack's Mannequin. The initial impulse behind McMahon's solo project was “Locked Doors,” a song he recorded in December 2003, which he felt was too different from previous Something Corporate material.
Three months before the release of Jack's Mannequin's debut album "Everything in Transit," McMahon was forced to cancel all of his upcoming concerts. After a medical examination in connection with a relentless case of laryngitis, McMahon was admitted to a hospital in New York City, where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on June 1, 2005, the same day he finished recording "Everything in Transit."
August 23, 2005 marked a very significant date for him for two reasons: it was the day his album "Everything in Transit" was released, debuting at #37 on the Billboard 200 with over 22,000 copies scanned within its first week, as well as the day he received a stem cell transplant, with his sister Katie McMahon serving as the donor.
In July 2006, McMahon founded a non-profit charity, entitled The Dear Jack Foundation, to raise funds for cancer research. The organization's primary beneficiaries are the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the regents of the University of California, Los Angeles.
A documentary entitled "Dear Jack" was released on October 8, 2009. The film, which chronicles McMahon's struggle with leukemia, features self-recorded footage in the hospital and is narrated by his friend Tommy Lee.
After the release and success of the first album, McMahon then proceeded to compose his second Jack's Mannequin album, “The Glass Passenger,” which was released in September 2008. Jack's Mannequin's third and final album, “People and Things” was released in October 2011.
His first official debut as a solo artist separated from his prior bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, “The Pop Underground” EP was issued in April 2013.
In January 2013, McMahon contributed three songs to the second season of TV show "Smash." "I Heard Your Voice In a Dream" was met with critical acclaim, being nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics and has sold 10,000 digital downloads as of April 3, 2013.
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