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American Authors
American Authors
American Authors at Heaven London, 2014 (1).jpg
American Authors performing at London's nightclub Heaven in November 2014
Background information
The Blue Pages (2006-2012)[1]
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Labels Mercury, Island
Members Zac Barnett
James Adam Shelley
Dave Rublin
Matt Sanchez

American Authors is an American rock band based in New York City currently signed to Island Records.[2] It currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Zac Barnett, lead guitarist and banjoist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin, and drummer Matt Sanchez. They are best known for their hit singles "Believer" and "Best Day of My Life" from their debut album Oh, What a Life, as well as their Top 20 hit, "Go Big or Go Home", from their second album, What We Live For.


2006-11: Early years

The members of American Authors met each other while attending Berklee College of Music in 2006.[3] The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name the Blue Pages and recorded Surrounded by Wolves, Bear Fight, Night Hawke, Anthropology and Rich With Love. In May 2010 the band opened up for Cash Cash on the Robots in High-Tops tour.[4][5] In 2010, the band relocated to Brooklyn. On December 1, 2010, the Blue Pages independently released their single "Run Back Home" on iTunes.[6]

2012-present: Name change, Mercury Records, American Authors, and Oh, What a Life

In 2012, the group changed their name to American Authors.[7] In January 2013, the band was signed to Mercury Records.[8] Their debut single, "Believer," garnered attention through alternative rock radio.[9] Their second single, "Best Day of My Life", was featured in, among other things, a Lowe's television advertisement in the United States, a Hyundai television advertisement in the United Kingdom, an advertisement in South Africa for Castle Lager,[10] a Telecom New Zealand advertisement,[11] a trailer for the film Delivery Man, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, the Konami video game, the opening sequence for ESPN's 2013 World Series of Poker coverage, a trailer for the film Earth to Echo, a trailer for the film How to Train Your Dragon 2, the film Humpback Whales, and a trailer for the film St. Vincent. The song is also featured in the video game "Guitar Hero Live".[12] The song was also used in an advert for Centerparcs in the UK. The song won the newly established Sync Music Award at the SESAC Pop Awards 2015.[13][14] Their song "Go Big or Go Home" was featured in NBA videos showing highlights from the 2015 playoffs.

Singer Barnett at Highfield Festival 2014

American Authors released their self-titled debut EP on August 27, 2013.[15] Their song "Hit It" is featured on EA Sports game, FIFA 14.[7] Their song "Best Day of My Life" was used in an MLB Fan Cave commercial and is the title music of Sky Sports News' My Special Day feature. It has also been featured in a television spot for the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in an episode of the television show The Vampire Diaries and in 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series championships.[16] The song was ranked number one on Billboard's chart of Adult Pop Songs for 2014.[17] Their song "Home" was featured in a movie trailer for the movie This Is Where I Leave You and in a video honoring troops and their families.[18] In 2013, American Authors won Overall Grand Prize in the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with their song "Believer". The group was number nine on Billboard's chart of Top New Artists for 2014.[19] In July 2015, the band was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally where they performed live their single "Best Day of My Life". From 2016 to 2017 they worked on their second album "What We Live For".

Festivals, concerts and other events

The group has appeared at various music festivals, concerts and other events, including: Lollapalooza,[20]SXSW Music Festival,[21]Firefly Music Festival,[22]Reading Festival,[23]Leeds Festival,[24]Bunbury Music Festival,[25]Freakfest,[26] Grammys on the Hill (an awards ceremony honoring artists and legislators who have improved the environment for music creators),[27]BottleRock Napa Valley,[28] Keloorah, Pukkelpop, and Polartec Big Air at Fenway.[29] As well as the 2017 run of Vans Warped Tour, and opening the 2016 Walmart shareholders concert.


Studio albums

Band members

  • Zac Barnett - lead vocals, guitar (2006-present)
  • James Adam Shelley - lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, banjo, mandolin (2006-present)
  • Dave Rublin - bass, backing vocals, keyboards (2006-present)
  • Matt Sanchez - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2006-present)

Barnett grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Shelley grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, Rublin grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and Sanchez grew up in San Antonio, Texas.[30][31]

See also


  1. ^ "The Blue Pages". Myspace. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ "Island Records". Island Records. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "American Authors Interview". Archived from the original on February 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ "Robots in High-Tops Tour". Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Feel Forever Young With Cash Cash On The Robots In High-Tops Tour". Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Run Back Home - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Round Hill Music". Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "American Authors sign to Mercury Records". Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tres! American Authors, Hunter Valentine, and Clementine & The Galaxy". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015. 
  10. ^ "Castle Lager". Retrieved 2015. 
  11. ^ YouTube. Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ "Guitar Hero". Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ "SESAC". Retrieved 2015. 
  14. ^ "SESAC". Retrieved 2015. 
  15. ^ "AMERICAN AUTHORS, We're releasing our debut EP in August!". Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "Red Sox". Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ "Adult Pop Songs". Retrieved 2014. 
  18. ^ "Honoring our troops". Retrieved 2014. 
  19. ^ "Top New Artists". Retrieved 2014. 
  20. ^ "Lollapalooza". Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ "SXSW". Retrieved 2014. 
  22. ^ "Firefly". Retrieved 2014. 
  23. ^ "Reading". Retrieved 2014. 
  24. ^ "Leeds". Retrieved 2014. 
  25. ^ "Bunbury". Retrieved 2014. 
  26. ^ "Freakfest". Retrieved 2014. 
  27. ^ "Grammys on the Hill". Retrieved 2015. 
  28. ^ "BottleRock". Retrieved 2015. 
  29. ^ "Pukkelpop". Retrieved 2014. 
  30. ^ "Interview". Retrieved 2014. 
  31. ^ "Minnetonka". Retrieved 2014. 

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