Your Three Words: Andy Grammer's 'Keep Your Head Up'

His father is Red Grammer, a Grammy-nominated children's performer.

Oct. 15, 2011— -- The soundtrack to this week's Your Three Words is provided by Andy Grammer.

The song is called "Keep Your Head Up" off his self-titled debut album.

The Los Angeles-born, New York-bred singer was named one of Billboard's 2011 Artists to Watch.

His father is Red Grammer, a Grammy-nominated children's performer.

Andy used to sing on stage with his dad and in ninth grade picked up his father's guitar and taught himself how to write songs.

He perfected his art practicing and performing on the streets of Los Angeles.

He also played anywhere else he could: colleges, birthday parties and high school dance classes.

Grammer recorded his debut album in New York and Los Angeles with a collection of top producers who have worked with artists including Maroon 5, Train and Christina Perri.

"Keep Your Head Up" was written as a letter of encouragement to himself after spending a day performing on the street and having little money to show for it.

Andy is currently on tour and has toured with the Plain White Ts, Josh Kelley and Natasha Bedingfield. Among Grammer's influences are Lauryn Hill, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Coldplay and Common.

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