Andrew Mech

Andrew Mech

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

I am a Toronto-based singer/songwriter who has been recently co-writing with various songwriters in Nashville.

In 2005, the song "I Don't Know" which I co-wrote made it into the semi-finals for the International Songwriting Competition.

I also worked for publisher Warner/Chappell for 12 years.

Biography

Andrew Christopher Mech is a Montreal born singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist based in Toronto. His music is a melodic organic blend of Folk, Rock, Country, Blues and Pop.

Andrew’s career in the music business began back in 1987 in London, England at the PRS (Performing Rights Society).

A year later, Andrew returned to Toronto where he began working for music publisher, Warner/Chappell. Andrew spent 12 years working in almost every department of their Canadian operation.

In 1992, Andrew was promoted to Creative Manager of Special Projects. In this capacity he continued to negotiate the catalogue and began to pitch songs for use in motion pictures, television productions and commercials, working closely with music supervisors, directors and creatives at advertising agencies. Andrew successfully placed many songs in films and commercials.

In 1994 Andrew was appointed to head the Film & TV Music Department and under his management the company’s synchronization royalty income increased by 111% within a 1 year period and by 344% within a 4 year period.

In 2000, Andrew was appointed Director of Creative Services where he did double-duty by heading the company’s Film & TV Music and their A&R (Artists & Repertoire) Department. He worked closely with many international and domestic songwriters and recording artists including Ron Sexsmith and Moby. Andrew also recorded pre-production demos at his Toronto based studio for Ron Sexsmith’s Cobblestone Runaway album.

During his 12 year tenure at Warner/Chappell, Andrew represented and negotiated on behalf of hundreds of songwriters including such legends as: Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, Robbie Robertson, Daniel Lanois, Madonna, James Brown, Barry White and the Estates of Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin and Elvis Presley.

In 2002 Andrew began to focus more time on writing and recording music and performed at many musical venues including the Mont Tremblant Music Festival. His services have also been contracted by both the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival).

Andrew has worked for TIFF for the past 7 years as an Audio Engineer/Technical Representative. While working at TIFF, Andrew has worked with and recorded an impressive group of A-list directors, actors and musicians including: Francis Ford Coppola, Sir Ridley Scott, Phil Donahue, Chris Rock, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, Michael Caine and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).

In 2005 Andrew entered the songs “Silver Wound Strings” (co-written with Lorne Ryder) and “I Don’t Know” (co-written with Derek Atherton) in the International Songwriting Competition and the Billboard Songwriting Competition. Of the 15,000 entries in the International Songwriting Competition, “I Don’t Know” went on to make it to the semi-finals. Judges from the competition included Macy Gray, Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn and LeAnn Rimes. That same year “Silver Wound Strings” received an Honourable Mention in the Billboard Songwriting Competition.

In November 2009 Andrew performed at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville. He has been busy writing songs and has now begun pre-production on his debut album tentatively scheduled for release in 2011.

Lyrics

Silver Wound Strings

Written By: Lorne MacMillan/Andrew Mech

SILVER WOUND STRINGS
(Andrew Mech/Lorne MacMillan)

I am drawn to the music of the Mississippi banks
Raised in the north land, I never got my chance
To play by the waterside and sashay with the blues
And dance like Acadians ‘n sing those river tunes

Oh that fast ol’ guitar music, told me what I love
And the sound of a Dobro echoes through my blood
Up on the Delta banks, you can hear the voices sing
To the sound of a blues harp and silver wound strings

One day I will travel to the places of my dreams
I’ll start out in Georgia and head to New Orleans
North through Louisiana the sun beat down on me
I’ll rock on up to Memphis, tip my hat in Tennessee

Oh that fast ol’ guitar music, told me what I love
And the sound of a Dobro, echoes through my blood
Up on the Delta banks, you can hear the voices sing
To the sound of a blues harp and silver wound strings

From the Kentucky mountains, my soul will carry me
Up through the Carolinas to a smoking jamboree
There ain’t no place finer or place I’d rather be
I love sweet Virginia, I love Nashville Tennessee

Oh that fast ol’ guitar music, told me what I love
And the sound of a dobro, echoes through my blood
Up on the Delta banks, you can hear the voices sing
To the sound of a blues harp and silver wound strings

I wanna feel the heart of Dixie, I wanna hear a choir sing
I remember what I came for as I strum my silver strings
I believe in music and the brotherhood of man
It helps keep us together and for that I’ll take a stand

Oh that fast ol’ guitar music, told me what I love
And the sound of a dobro, echoes through my blood
Up on the Delta banks, you can hear the voices sing
To the sound of a blues harp and silver wound strings

Repeat chorus

Songrise Music Publishing

I Don't Know

Written By: Derek Atherton/Andrew Mech

I Don’t Know
(Derek Atherton/Andrew Mech)

It’s getting dark outside my window
There’s ghosts under my bed
The past is coming back to haunt me
I’ve got voices ringing through my head

My dreams have been shattered
My spirit has been bruised
If there’s a chance then I will take it
I’ve got nothing left to lose

Over and over
I turn to rust
I look behind me
Into the dust

I don’t know
Which way the wind blows
I wanna go
Back where I belong
When I get tired
Then I’ll be gone
Baby I’ll be gone

I can’t seem to find my destination
Nobody knows which way to turn
Give the whiskey to the captain
He’s got one more bridge to burn

Over and over
I turn to rust
I look behind me
Into the dust

I don’t know
Which way the wind blows
I wanna go
Back where I belong
When I get tired
Then I’ll be gone
Baby I’ll be gone

It’s getting dark outside my window
There’s ghosts under my bed
I see an angel in the distance
But I still can’t see the light ahead

Over and over
I turn to rust
I look behind me
Into the dust

I don’t know
Which way the wind blows
I wanna go
Back where I belong
When I get tired
Then I’ll be gone
Baby I’ll be gone

Crazy Bear Music/Songrise Music Publishing

Discography

Losing Ground (Andrew Mech/David Woodhead) - Film Soundtrack
Last Chance Hotel (Andrew Mech/Derek Atherton) recorded by Big Medicine on their self titled debut.
I Don't Know (Andrew Mech/Derek Atherton) recorded by Derek Atherton on his self titled debut.
Space Chase (Andrew Mech/Mark Grysiuk) included the film "Getting Even"