Brooklyn-based American Authors have set March 4th as the release date of their anticipated debut album OH,WHAT A LIFE on Island Records. The band recently appeared on NBC's Today Show as "Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month". The new year gets off to a rousing start with their first official single, "Best Day Of My Life," certified RIAA gold, reigning as a full-scale multi-chart hit including HOT AC (#4), Pop (#30), Triple-A (#11), and Alternative (#28).
American Authors will appear on their album release day, March 4th, on TBS's Conan with Conan O'Brien; and will make a return appearance to ABC's Live with Kelly and Michael on March 10th. American Authors have also been chosen as VH1's official "You Oughta Know" selection for February. In addition, the band was picked to be FUSE Favorite kicking off 1/27 and added to MTV.
"Best Day Of My Life" was performed live by American Authors during Christmas week on ABC's Live with Kelly and Michael. It was the culmination of a busy premiere year for the band at Island, marked by a headlining U.S. tour that included sold-out shows at the Roxy in Los Angeles, and Gramercy Theater in New York City. The band will kick off a round of headline dates this spring, starting in March at SXSW in Austin, TX.
"Best Day Of My Life" is the lead track from American Authors' debut EP on Island, which hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart last week! " As confirmed in Billboard, "Best Day Of My Life" was "bolstered by prominent placements in a Lowe's TV ad, a trailer for the film Delivery Man [and the Secret Life Of Walter Mitty], a Major League Baseball Fan Cave commercial, and the opening sequence of this year's ESPN World Series Of Poker coverage."
Added to that were performances of "Best Day Of My Life" on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live, and Thanksgiving week on CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, plus an appearance on the CW's The Carrie Diaries.
The four members of 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 came together at Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2006. They soon dropped out, moved into a small apartment in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, and started a band. American Authors bring their own influences and experiences to the table, creating pop-flavored alt 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."
About VH1's You Oughta Know: VH1 "You Oughta Know" artists benefit from a month long cross-platform TV, web, mobile and social awareness campaign. Since its launch in 2005, VH1's coveted "You Oughta Know" distinction has introduced promising new artists on the rise and served as a barometer for what and who's hot in music today. Many "You Oughta Know" artists have gone on to win industry awards and accolades including "Best New Artist" Grammy Awards® and nominations. This highly acclaimed franchise has helped break artists such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Foster the People, Gotye, the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, the Civil Wars and many, many more.