Andrew Ross McMahon
(born September 3, 1982) is a singer/songwriter. He was the vocalist, pianist and primary songwriter for the bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin; and performs solo both under his own name and moniker Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. On April 30, 2013, he debuted his first solo work entitled The Pop Underground, followed by his debut album Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, released October 14, 2014.
McMahon was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He briefly lived in New Jersey until 1991, when his family moved to Bexley, Ohio where he attended Cassingham Elementary School. McMahon's family relocated frequently due to his father's occupation in retail. McMahon recalls that while he was in fourth grade, they briefly stayed in California to support his mother's family after the loss of her brother. Following the death of his uncle, who was an artist himself, McMahon became inspired to get involved with music and began teaching himself piano soon afterward.
McMahon's family decided to settle in California shortly before he entered eighth grade. He would later describe himself as "a pudgy, outgoing, artistic little kid who never quite fit into the California scene". He graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2000.
On July 11, 2014, McMahon posted on his website that the next progression in his musical career would be to tour and release music under the moniker of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. On July 16, 2014, he released his first single under the new project entitled "Cecilia and the Satellite," named after his newborn daughter. During the summer of 2014, McMahon toured with Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw in preparation for his first solo LP, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, released October 14, 2014 and coinciding with a full North American headlining tour.