Exuberant, entertaining, and enigmatic are just a few words to begin to describe Andrew Varner. But summing him up in three paragraphs or less proves to be quite a challenge. His personality is as difficult to explain as the sound of his music, but both are unique and must be experienced to begin to understand. Honest yet cunning, down to earth yet snide, silly yet sophisticated, creative yet calculated, reverent yet rebellious, Andrew is a bit of a walking contradiction and he'd have it no other way.
First impression of Andrew? He’s very articulate and quite conversational, but his first studio effort paints a slightly different portrait. Entitled, “Make Believe,” his first EP seems to portray the picture of a shy but unruly schoolboy. Furthermore, his lyrics suggest that he's more of a seasoned songwriter than just some kid off the street. But don't let Andrew's boyish charm fool you. Under his playfulness and youthful facade, there's a songwriter that's every bit as sophisticated and refined as some of the best around. When it comes to story telling, he has certainly honed his craft. “I want to paint a picture without giving too much away,” says Andrew. His songs are straightforward and honest yet poetic and thought provoking. Without hiding behind too many metaphors or obvious prose, Andrew has an inherent ability to inject his emotion into music that propels listeners to a world of rich imagery. His sound is big and full, which is partly due to the production of his songs. While Andrew's piano playing is something to behold, he didn't want that to be the focus of the project that he's been working on for the past year in Nashville. “I consider myself a songwriter first. When we approached the direction of the production, I insisted that the music convey the subject matter, not necessarily my skill as a piano player and I think we achieved that. It's pop with a purpose.”
His stage presence is dynamic and unforgettable. You certainly can't deny his ability to draw a crowd. Smiling, interacting with the audience, he has a good on stage persona and it's apparent when you experience it firsthand. So what is his ultimate dream? Andrew's answer - “To play The Tonight Show.” What about after you play the tonight show? Andrew's answer - “Um, maybe the Super Bowl.” So after the Super Bowl, is that when the boy becomes a man? Andrew's answer - “Don't count on it.”