Interview by Paul Salfen
Over the last two decades, Andrew McMahon has successfully experienced musical rebirth many times and has consistently arrived on the other side stronger than ever. The East Coast-born, SoCal-based artist first co-founded the pop-punk outfit Something Corporate and then resurfaced with the more personal solo project Jack’s Mannequin, finding success through three studio albums including the Gold-certified debut, Everything In Transit (2005). In 2014, McMahon released his debut album under his own name and new moniker, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, featuring the breakout top 5 alternative radio singles “Cecilia and the Satellite” and “Fire Escape.” Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness has since released the hook-packed albums Zombies On Broadway (2017) and Upside Down Flowers (2018), amassing over 275 million total streams to date. McMahon has also sold nearly 2.5 million albums across all of his musical projects, received an Emmy nomination for his work on the NBC show “Smash,” and released his memoir Three Pianos in October 2021. Additionally, in 2006, McMahon founded the Dear Jack Foundation, a nonprofit charity benefiting adolescent and young adults diagnosed with cancer, after surviving his own battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 22. For more info on Andrew McMahon, visit: www.andrewmcmahon.com.