By Madison Vain
Andy Grammer, the 32-year-old pop singer broke out big last year with “Honey, I’m Good” and “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” and now he’s back with a brand new single “Fresh Eyes.” Ahead of his Aug. 1 TODAY show performance, Grammer tells EW about his next album and why he’ll always support street performers.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: “Honey, I’m Good” was one of 2015’s biggest singles. Is there pressure to deliver an equally massive follow-up?
ANDY GRAMMER: There’s not a ton. I mean, there’s always a little bit of pressure because you want to do well, but it’s nowhere near as bad as the last album. Now I’m just having a blast writing.
Your new single “Fresh Eyes” will be on the album you’re in the process of writing. How’s it coming along?
It’s been nice the past six months or so to just be home and write. [My wife, Aijia, and I] just got this house, and it’s like baby shower central – all of our friends are throwing showers in our backyard. But now I’m ready to freak out again and run around the country and say, “I missed you!” to my fans and hopefully introduce some new music.
You started as a street performer in Santa Monica. Ever revisit your old spots?
Totally. I just did over the Fourth of July. I spent the day walking up and down the street.
How generous of a tipper are you to other buskers?
[Laughs] I made a deal with myself that no matter where I go, if I see a street performer, I’d tip them. It’s sweet to know that you can get started from the generosity of others.
You’re co-headlining a tour with Gavin DeGraw this fall. What’ll the vibe be like on the road?
I’ve toured with him a bunch. A lot of members of his band used to play in my band, so it’s like going out with brothers. We’re gonna have the best damn time ever!
The TODAY show is teaming up with EW for a backstage pass to the “Citi Concert Series onTODAY” with exclusive Q&A’s in the magazine and on EW.com. Catch Grammer on NBC Aug. 1.