Honey, he’s good! The multiplatinum-selling artist, who took the pop world by storm with singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine by Me,” is all about inspiring and empowering by speaking truth through music. His second album, Magazines or Novels, featured the triple-platinum 2015 smash hit “Honey, I’m Good.” This year, he has unleashed a new single “Give Love,” the follow-up to “Fresh Eyes.” Passionate about music, children’s health, homelessness and charitable giving, today Andy Grammer joins the ranks of past curators like Chelsea Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Von Miller to share his take on today’s must-know news.
The Presidential Daily Brief
There’s such a big divide in our country right now that it’s palpable. I am fortunate that my job takes me to different cities each week, and I get to have conversations with people I otherwise wouldn’t. Just being open and having chats with cab drivers in every state throughout the year and listening to what others have to say helps breed empathy. In this article, Brené Brown takes a look at what we risk by just holing up in our opinions. Her conclusion? Loneliness. It’s a great read.
Fighting homelessness will always be high on my list of causes. Starting as a street performer in Santa Monica, California, I became close to a lot of homeless people, which really opened my eyes. For a single I released last year called “Fresh Eyes,” we based the video on doing makeovers for a few homeless people in Los Angeles. It was so powerful to see their dignity restored by a simple haircut and shave. For my new single, “Give Love,” I’m partnering with Omaze to raise money for Covenant House, which is helping teens displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
Having played many shows in Houston and Florida, I was shaken by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which devastated the American South. Early estimates pin storm damage by Irma alone at between $20 billion and $50 billion, and FEMA reports that a whopping 90 percent of homes in the Florida Keys suffered damage. It’s usually the end of a long national tour when my bus rolls into the Sunshine State. I have made a lot of fond memories there, and my heart, my prayers and my thoughts go out to all those affected.
Know This: There are three major storms churning in the Atlantic, with one, Hurricane Jose, expected to remain well off of the U.S. East Coast, but Tropical Storm Maria is forecast to become a hurricane and might hit some of the same Caribbean areas devastated by Hurricane Irma last week. Violence broke out for a second night on the streets of St. Louis over the Friday acquittal of a police officer who fatally shot a Black man in 2001. And British police have made a second arrest in Friday’s London rush hour subway bombing that left dozens injured.
Chillin’ on Climate: “The United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country.” — yesterday’s White House Statement, following a European Union climate official’s assertion that American officials would “try to review the terms” of the Paris climate accord to avoid a promised withdrawal.
Too Real: A location scout for Netflix’s Narcos series about drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has reportedly been found shot to death in his car in Mexico, where he was photographing places where the series might film upcoming episodes.
This is an article that will reinforce what you already know: Money isn’t everything, and giving makes you happy. Ryan Seacrest has an incredible charity, Seacrest Studios, that puts radio stations in children’s hospitals. It’s wonderful to go in and sing to sick kids for an hour and make their day. I really didn’t know what to expect the first time, but after playing at Seacrest Studios once, I realized how rewarding it is to make others happy. I have since visited all 10 of his studios located across the country, from Boston to Dallas to Atlanta.
If there’s one thing I want to instill in my daughter, it’s the need to be persistent. We even put up a quote in her room by Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Parents can help kids overcome failure by teaching them the importance of good old-fashioned hard work.
I am a big fan of virtual and augmented reality. On my last tour, I bought an Oculus and spent countless hours on my bus getting lost in the various facets of the new technology. I chatted with other people’s avatars, experienced how documentaries are emotionally far more impactful in VR and shot zombies in 360 degrees, among other things. I am not a gamer, but I am fascinated by the technology and think we are on the precipice of something huge.
This Tim Ferriss Show podcast will rev your creative engine. Interviewee Cheryl Strayed is the incredible author of one of my favorite books, Tiny Beautiful Things. Her best-selling memoir, Wild, was turned into a pretty damn good movie starring Reese Witherspoon. If you want to be creative or simply want to boost your innovative juices, this is just what you need. Everyone needs to hear from other successful creatives about how hard it is and how to push forward, and this podcast does just that.
I have always been fascinated with robots. If you haven’t lost four hours down a rabbit hole on YouTube checking out how crazy awesome it’s getting with robots these days, you haven’t lived. One of the main places to visit on my bucket list is Japan due to the country’s tendency to lead in this area. I love movies that explore our changing relationship with robots, like Ex-Machina and Her. If you’re a robot geek like me, you’ll love these articles.