Fredericton native and folk-pop songwriter Andy Brown has had many accolades come his way since the late 2009 release of his record False Alarm. He has landed his music in high profile places such as the ABC television show Rookie Blue while also securing himself two nominations in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition in the category of folk/singer-songwriter.
While both of these accomplishments are something for Brown to toot his own horn about, the latter is especially impressive considering that more than 16,000 writers from all over the world submit songs for consideration in the International Songwriting Competition.
In his first appearance in Metro Moncton since this past April’s East Coast Music Awards, Andy Brown will be performing at the Tide & Boar Gastropub next Thursday evening.
From his home in Fredericton, Brown tells the Times & Transcript that he is currently in the midst of mixing his next record, currently titled Tinman. While the release date of the record is still to be determined, Brown is very much looking forward to finally getting some new music out to the public.
“These new songs are definitely more introspective compared to the songs on False Alarm, which looking back upon, had a lot of me in it,” Brown says. “This new record is more openly descriptive about where I was at and what I was feeling at the time I wrote the songs.”
Asked if he felt that the stakes were higher when writing the songs for Tinman given the acclaim and success afforded to him with False Alarm, Brown says that his only concern was writing a record that reflected his growth as a songwriter and the experience he has gained as a performer.
“With my new record, I felt some pressure to step up my songwriting. Having been twice recognized in the International Songwriting Competition, I felt as though expectations of these newest songs could be high from people. I wanted to invest a lot into having solid lyrics. I haven’t lost my love of hooks with these newest songs; I feel the songs are still really catchy and fun.”