Andrew Garcia

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Andrew Garcia
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Andrew Garcia in July 2010.
Background information
Birth nameAndrew Adrian Garcia
Born (1985-10-18) October 18, 1985 (age 34)
Origin Moreno Valley, California, United States
GenresPop, R&B
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2010–present
Associated acts Yesterday, Today, Forever

Andrew Adrian Garcia (born October 18, 1985) [1] is an American singer from Moreno Valley, California who was the ninth place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol . Garcia has released two EPs and numerous standalone singles. He has also collaborated with several artists.


In 2014, Garcia was featured on the track "GTFO My Room" by Ryan Higa, which placed on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. That same year, Garcia was part of a group whose rendition of "Roar" received a Streamy Award nomination for Best Cover Song. Garcia was also featured on the song "Airplanes and Terminals", which received a Streamy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

Early life and career

According to The New York Times , Garcia was "already something of a star" by the time he auditioned for American Idol, due to popularity he had accumulated covering songs on YouTube. [2]

American Idol

Garcia auditioned for the ninth season in Pasadena, California. He sang "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 and was praised by all the judges, notably Simon Cowell, who called him a "genuinely good singer," as well as guest judge Katy Perry. He later appeared in Hollywood, where he sang Paula Abdul's song "Straight Up" and since has been particularly known for that performance. [3]

Garcia was eliminated on April 14, 2010 along with Katie Stevens. [4]


Week #ThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Sunday Morning" Maroon 5 N/AAdvanced
First SoloN/A"Straight Up" Paula Abdul N/AAdvanced
Group RoundN/A"No One" Alicia Keys N/AAdvanced
Second SoloN/A"Chasing Pavements" Adele N/AAdvanced
Top 24 (12 Men) Billboard Hot 100 Hits"Sugar, We're Goin Down" Fall Out Boy 12Safe
Top 20 (10 Men)"You Give Me Something" James Morrison 7Safe
Top 16 (8 Men)"Genie in a Bottle" Christina Aguilera 4Safe
Top 12 The Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter"The Rolling Stones5Safe
Top 11 Billboard No. 1 Hits"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye 7Safe
Top 10 R&B/Soul "Forever" Chris Brown 6Safe
Top 9 Lennon–McCartney "Can't Buy Me Love" The Beatles 3Bottom 3 1
Top 9 2 Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" Big Mama Thornton 2Eliminated


Garcia was featured in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2010, where he sang "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul and "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5.

Garcia released his first single "Crazy" on June 7, 2011. [5] That same year, he was featured on the track "BRB" from the album DFD, by the artist Dumbfoundead. [6] [7]

In 2011, Garcia performed shows with a group called Yesterday, Today, Forever (or YTF), a musical and comedy performing group. [8] [9] The group performed their first concert on October 9, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. [10]

In 2013 Garcia released the single "Dumb". [11] [12]

Garcia has appeared in Nigahiga videos, [13] and in 2014, the two collaborated on the song "GTFO My Room", which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. [8] [14] That same year, Garcia shared a Streamy Award nomination for Best Cover Song with Andy Lange, Chester See, and Josh Golden for their rendition of "Roar". [15] [16] Another song by Garcia, "Airplanes and Terminals", received a 2014 Streamy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Garcia recorded "Airplanes & Terminals" with G Seven and Traphik. [17] [18]

In 2015, Garcia released the EP Hell and Back. [19] The track "Ghost" was released as a single in 2014, leading up to the EP's release. [20] [21] [22] That same year, Garcia was featured on the track "Waiting" from the EP Redline, by Avalon Young, who a year later, placed in the top 8 on American Idol's fifteenth season. [23] [24] In 2016, Garcia released the non-album single "Too Fast". [25]

In 2017, Garcia released the EP, Love Wounds. A week before the EP's release, the single "Hurts Like Hell" premiered on Billboard. [19] [26] Garcia also released three non-album singles in 2017: "Colder", "Hold You Down", and "Hollywood Hills". [27] [28]

Mark Franklin of The York Dispatch positively reviewed both of Garcia's EPs, calling "Ghost" a "standout" from Hell and Back and praising Love Wounds for its "impassioned ballads". [29] [30]

In 2018, Garcia released the non-album singles "Lose You" and "Groupie". [31]

Garcia went on the Sweet290 tour with Brian Puspos, August Rigo and J. Rabon.[ citation needed ]



2015Hell and Back
2017Love Wounds


2011"Crazy"Non-album single
2013"Airplanes & Terminals"(with G Seven and Traphik)Non-album single
2014"Ghost"Hell and Back
2016"Too Fast"Non-album single
2017"Hurts Like Hell"Love Wounds
"Colder"Non-album single
"Hold You Down"
"Hollywood Hills"
2018"Lose You"
YearTitleAlbumPeak chart position
World Digital Song Sales [14]
(Dumbfoundead featuring Andrew Garcia)
2014"GTFO My Room"
(Ryan Higa featuring Andrew Garcia)
Non-album single6
(Avalon Young featuring Andrew Garcia)

Awards and nominations

YearAwardsNominee / workCategoryResult
2014 Streamy Awards "Roar" (w/ Andy Lange, Chester See, and Josh Golden)Cover SongNominated

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