American Authors - Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums) - hail from the four corners of the country, but first met as students at Berklee College of Music. They soon dropped out, moved into a small apartment in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, and started a band.
Meanwhile, producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta saw the band perform early on and signed them to their production company, Dirty Canvas. Each member of American Authors brings his own influences and experiences to the table, creating expansive pop-flavored rock, sprinkled with four-part harmonies, spirited lyrics, and contagious optimism. "We're the authors of our lives," said Barnett, "creating music from what we've lived, from what we hope for, from what we feel. Every day is different and like everyone, our emotions change according to our personal highs and lows and by the challenges or triumphs that affect all of us. We're not afraid to be goofy one day and serious the next. We just want to be true to ourselves and share our stories for as long as people are willing to listen."