Andy Gibson was born September 15, 1981 in Spokane, Washington. His family moved to the San Francisco area when Andy was very young, living there until moving outside Las Vegas when Andy was nine. He got an early start on his musical journey and comes by his love of music honestly. His dad, a beach-loving surfer, was just fourteen when he wrote the theme song for cult classic surfing film Endless Summer, and later earned a deal with RCA Records. So there was always music around the Gibson household—everything from his dad’s music to records by The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, and pretty much everything from Motown.
When he was nine, his parents bought Andy his first guitar, and by the time he was twelve, Andy and some buddies put together a band called Missing In Action. By then, he’d already started writing his own songs and recording them on an old multi-track recorder his dad had given him. But it was a local Battle Of The Bands that confirmed to Andy that not only did he love making music but that he might just be pretty good at it.
After busting his tail taking summer sessions and online classes, Andy graduated high school after his sophomore year. But he sensed there was no future for him and his music in Las Vegas. So Andy checked out Nashville—and loved it. He tirelessly knocked on doors and took demos around Music Row. His big break finally came as a result of his ability to speak Spanish, a skill he’d honed through school programs in Las Vegas. “I knew a lot of Spanish songs and got three different gigs in Mexican restaurants around town,” he remembers. “John Rich heard me at this place called Las Cazuelas. He liked my songs and signed me to write for his publishing company. I really focused on my writing and turned in about 150 songs the first year.”
Andy co-wrote one of the biggest hits in recent memory with his powerful tune “Don’t You Want To Stay” – the multi-week #1 country hit for Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. He is currently in the studio with legendary producer James Stroud finishing up his own debut album and is armed with a bevy of great new songs for his forthcoming debut album, including his first single “Wanna Make You Love Me,” which climbed into the Top 30 on the country charts, and his latest single “Summer Back”.