American Authors

Also known as The Blue Pages (2006–2012)
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Pop rock alternative rock folk rock

American Authors is an American rock band based in New York City currently signed to Island Records. It currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Zac Barnett, lead guitarist and banjoist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin, and drummer Matt Sanchez. They are best known for their hit singles “Believer” and “Best Day of My Life” from their debut album Oh, What a Life, as well as their Top 20 hit, “Go Big or Go Home”, from their second album, What We Live For.

The members of American Authors met each other while attending Berklee College of Music in 2006. The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name the Blue Pages and recorded Surrounded by Wolves, Bear Fight, Night Hawke, Anthropology and Rich With Love. In May 2010 the band opened up for Cash Cash on the Robots in High-Tops tour. In 2010, the band relocated to Brooklyn. On December 1, 2010, the Blue Pages independently released their single “Run Back Home” on iTunes.

In 2012, the group changed their name to American Authors. In January 2013, the band was signed to Mercury Records. Their debut single, “Believer,” garnered attention through alternative rock radio. Their second single, “Best Day of My Life”, was featured in, among other things, a Lowe’s television advertisement in the United States, a Hyundai television advertisement in the United Kingdom, an advertisement in South Africa for Castle Lager, a Telecom New Zealand advertisement, a trailer for the film Delivery Man, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, the Konami video game, the opening sequence for ESPN’s 2013 World Series of Poker coverage, a trailer for the film Earth to Echo, a trailer for the film How to Train Your Dragon 2, the film Humpback Whales, and a trailer for the film St. Vincent. The song is also featured in the video game “Guitar Hero Live”. The song was also used in an advert for Centerparcs in the UK. The song won the newly established Sync Music Award at the SESAC Pop Awards 2015. Their song “Go Big or Go Home” was featured in NBA videos showing highlights from the 2015 playoffs.

The group has appeared at various music festivals, concerts and other events, including: Lollapalooza, SXSW Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Reading Festival,[23] Leeds Festival, Bunbury Music Festival, Freakfest, Grammys on the Hill (an awards ceremony honoring artists and legislators who have improved the environment for music creators), BottleRock Napa Valley, Keloorah, Pukkelpop, and Polartec Big Air at Fenway. As well as opening the 2016 Walmart shareholders concert.


Studio albums

Oh, What a Life (2014)
What We Live For (2016)
Band members[edit]
Zac Barnett – lead vocals, guitar (2006–present)
James Adam Shelley – lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, banjo, mandolin (2006–present)
Dave Rublin – bass, backing vocals, keyboards (2006–present)
Matt Sanchez – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2006–present)
Barnett grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Shelley grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, Rublin grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and Sanchez grew up in San Antonio, Texas.