Every once in awhile you come across a new artist that absolutely captivates and impresses you. Today, we here at PB & K did just that. Let us introduce you to the amazing Andy Kirk, or RUNAGROUND.
We first heard Runaground in a duet with none other that youtube sensation Madilyn Bailey (who deserves a spotlight all on her own) in their version of “Say Something,” originally made famous by Christina Aguilera and A great big world. Now, I know X-tina is supposed to be like some big diva or something, but the original get’s slaughtered hands down by this new duo. We ventured onto Runagrounds youtube channel and website, and quickly realized that this guy is a megatalent. Not only does he sing with perfection (check out his “Wrecking Ball” cover) but he is original and mixes and writes all of his own music (check out “Where do i begin” here.)
The following Bio was taken directly from Runaground’s Official website Bio:
When he was 12, RUNAGROUND’s Andy Kirk started playing drums in the bedroom of his Tennessee home. He would practice for hours, quickly becoming skilled enough to join a local band of twenty-somethings. That musical obsession led to Kirk’s discovery of songwriting. After moving to Nashville to attend college, he signed his first major publishing deal at the age of 18. He won over execs and audiences with his passionate, blazing vocals, captivating stage presence, and knack for writing driving pop melodies with message-oriented lyrics.
After several years of pounding the pavement as a solo artist, and three failed record deals, Kirk decided to record his first music video on his iPhone and post it to YouTube. His cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” received more than 200,000 hits. With his channel now boasting more than 12 million views and 100,000 subscribers, the 26-year-old singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist is dedicated to the quality and authenticity of his music. So much so, that he records, plays all the instruments, produces, mixes, and masters all of his music, and writes all of his original material.