By Mary Ann Bardinas
From busking on the Third Street Promenade, Los Angeles, California, Andy Grammer has incredibly come along away for he is now one of most successful underrated multi-genre musicians in the world, with records breaking in to the charts and massive gigs around the globe.
Since his debut in the music industry in 2009, it was only his first time to perform in front of the Filipino crowd last June 7, at the Music Museum. So we listed down the five most 'amazing' and remarkable highlights of the American singer-songwriter's one-night spectacle in Manila.
Their superfly production
Yes, he is a solo artist, but Andy wasn't alone on stage. He was joined by an awesome band who demonstrated their invigorating snazzy choreography that makes us want to dance along, while playing their respective instruments.
Although the stage design wasn't as elaborate or fancy as the other concerts we've seen, their synchronized steps and individual movements made it still aesthetically pleasing and thrilling.
His touching and upbeat songs
Being a professional musician for a decade, the "Biggest Man in Los Angeles" has produced three albums containing songs on love, friendship, and life.
He opened the show with his upbeat songs "Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)" and "85". It was succeeded by "Always", "Fine By Me", "Blame It on the Stars", "Spaceship", "Freeze", "Working On It", "Grown Ass Man Child", "Smoke Clears", "Back Home", "Honey, I'm Good", and "The Good Parts".
Certainly, he didn't forget to swoon the audiences with his hits "Keep Your Head Up", "Fresh Eyes", and "Give Love" that made everyone bop and sing along with him.
The 34-year-old musician also let us hear his cover of Jon Billion's "All Time Low" and affixed his eclectic renditions of Drake's "One Dance", Zedd and Alessia Cara's "Stay", Demi Lovato's "Sorry not Sorry", and Chainsmokers ft. Daya's "Don't Let Me Down" to some of his own songs that truly brought the whole theater in partying mood.
His interaction with the audience
Andy is surely the type of person you want to be with all the time. He seems not to run out of encouraging and entertaining anecdotes to tell and his astonishing sense of humor and jokes would make you laugh undoubtedly.
In between his set, he never failed to brandish his wittiness, such as dropping Tagalog words he learnt and jesting that he's very much aware that he was pronouncing them wrong. In the spectators' surprise, he not only just spoke the staple "Mahal ko kayo" and "Salamat", but "Hugot" and "Madlang People" as well.
He also imparted the story of his friend who told him that he is gradually quitting smoking by lessening his consumption from two packets to one, which was the inspiration behind his song "Working On It". Before he proceeded on singing it, he urged everyone to think of something that appears unbearable which makes us feel better as we work on it bit by bit.
Another tale he shared was of himself, briefly narrating how his first hit "Keep Your Head Up" helped him land an opening act stint for Taylor Swift's tours when he was just starting.
His heartfelt poem
Aside from exhibiting his versatility as a musician by playing various instruments -- keyboards, guitar, and trumpet -- and singing to diverse vocal ranges, the multitalented recording artist showed his flair in spoken word poetry as well.
He recited his self-written poem "My Father Does Not Care", which tackles how his dad is more concerned of his genuine happiness and fulfillment than the luxury that his career brings.
The exhilarating encore
He concluded the spectacle by crooning the heartwarming track "The Good Parts" and expressing his gratitude to everyone who came.
"Thank you for coming, I really appreciate it. I started as a street performer in Los Angeles, California. From trying to [catch everyone's attention] as they went by, to coming in here and hear people sing my words in the Philippines is amazing for me. So thank you. Thank you for coming," he stated.
However, everyone's still clamoring for an encore, which he gave in since it took them 20 hours and hundreds of miles to get here.
And we all shrieked when he started plucking the first chords of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" and sang our hearts out to the chorus.
After witnessing his brilliance and talent in the flesh, Andy Grammer is truly one of the underrated musicians that you would probably regret not lending your ears to or seeing live.
Here's hoping for his comeback, and perhaps an hour of conversation over coffee talking about our real stuff without discarding “the good parts”.