Since moving to Nashville in the Fall of 1992, Andy Hubbard has become a very busy touring and session drummer/percussionist. He is considered by colleagues to be a musical player, drawing upon strengths in various styles and the necessary approach to whatever style of music he may be called on to play.
Andy was born and raised in South Carolina and graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 1991, with a Bachelor of Music in Performance.
Throughout his college career, he was actively involved in marching band, symphonic band, percussion ensemble and a member of the university's first Steel Pan band, playing bass pans. His professional career began in 1989 when he obtained work with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, which included performing with female vocalist Shirley Jones and then later, the Charleston Symphony. In addition to performing, Andy also spent time teaching marching drum lines throughout the state, as well as serving a year on staff at Carolina Bands, as their marching drum line instructor/arranger. Although teaching jobs were plentiful, he couldn't deny his desire to perform beyond Columbia, and he heard the call of Nashville.
Hubbard initially worked for Grammy award-winning artist Bruce Carroll, who gave him his first professional playing opportunity in Nashville in 1993. He appeared with Carroll on the nationally syndicated television network TNN in 1994, performing on "Music City Tonight with Crook and Chase." Over the next few years, Andy also seized opportunities to learn about the music industry as a whole, working jobs at record labels, management companies and promotion firms; jobs that would pay off for his music industry education. At the same time, he continued to refine his playing on the road, but in 1997 found himself in an automobile accident while on tour, with then Star Song recording artist, Tony Vincent. Andy spent nearly a year in rehabilitation from a broken left shoulder, arm and wrist.
After overcoming those obstacles and a renewed desire for his music, it was time to hit the road again. In the fall of '98 Andy began the 16-month "Honor and Glory" tour with Ray Boltz, one of Gospel music's biggest selling inspirational artists, playing to sold-out arenas and theaters throughout the country. At the beginning of 2000, Andy joined headliner Fernando Ortega’s band, who he toured and recorded with for nearly five years. Besides the sold-out tours, which took them across the country and abroad, a highlight for Andy during his Ortega days were the opportunities in the studio, including tracking on Ortega's award-winning release Storm. "Traveler," which appeared on the previously mentioned project, was also featured on the soundtrack for the Disney film Where the Red Fern Grows. After finishing Ortega's next offering, the self-titled Fernando Ortega, came the 2004 release of the band’s first and much anticipated live concert DVD, Live in St. Paul, which went on to be critically acclaimed.
After leaving the Ortega tour, Hubbard found himself performing on a few scattered dates in the fall of 2004 with then little known country vocal band Little Big Town, including a trip abroad to Afghanistan where the band performed 5 shows in support of US and Allied troops. It was a perfect fit and when 2005 rolled around, only after a short time of performing with LBT, Hubbard was offered the job as Musical Director, a job which he proudly accepted.
Working with Little Big Town brought Andy many opportunities that he had only dreamed of. His national television appearances include "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" and "The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson," as well as award shows such as the CMA’s, ACM’s and the CMT Video Awards. Not only that, but Andy has had the opportunity to play with other artists, such as rock legends Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac) on CMT’s Crossroads, John Mellencamp during Nashville’s CRS and Kenny Loggins at Country in the Rockies, the annual fundraiser benefitting the TJ Martell Foundation. Those days with Ortega and LBT also brought Hubbard into the limelight with instrument manufacturing companies, allowing him to secure endorsements with some of world’s best instruments, such as Yamaha Drums and Zildjian Cymbals.
In the midst of this busy touring schedule, Andy still worked in the Nashville studios. He has had the opportunity to record with some great musicians such as Grammy winners Jars of Clay, Ron Block of Alison Kraus and Union Station, veteran rocker Garrison Starr, Kristen Hall and Andrew Osenga (lead singer of award winning Caedmon’s Call). Andy is also active in Nashville's thriving indie scene, where he has recorded with numerous talented independent artists and producers. One of those artists, Matthew Perryman Jones, a colleague and friend, has seen much mainstream success, not only with radio but also with national TV song placement. Through those placements, Hubbard’s work has been heard on ABC’s “Private Practice,” ABC Family’s “Kyle XY” and Fox’s “Bones,” to name a few.
In the fall of 2008, Andy decided, after 5 years of touring and working with Little Big Town, that it was time to come home and concentrate on working in and around Nashville. It was a decision he wouldn’t regret. He found himself very busy recording and working with great artists of various genres. Continuing to perform live was also a part of that new venture, including shows with Jars of Clay, Jill Phillips, Garrison Starr and a local theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, a show that Andy was thrilled to do as it required many of the symphonic skills he had worked so hard to develop many years ago.
With the fall of 2009, new opportunities began coming Hubbard’s way. With 5 years of Musical Director experience under his belt, he began getting those calls to “MD” for other acts, as well as record labels for showcases and CD Release shows. One such call allowed Andy the opportunity to perform on ABC’s Good Morning America with 80’s classic pop star, Chynna Phillips.
Throughout 2010 and currently, Andy has performed with Dove Award winner Natalie Grant, award winning country trio SHeDaisy, 90’s hit maker Josh Joplin and Universal new comers, Coldwater Jane. This year has also allowed Hubbard to venture into new creative avenues such as producing and writing. He co-produced ReLive, the first live record from Garrison Starr and wrote and produced a new version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" for Jars of Clay’s Blood:Water Mission Christmas CD, sung by singer/songwriter Jessica Campbell.
In the fall of 2011, be on the look out for the Beatles version of the hugely popular Paper Jamz electronic guitar and drum toy from WowWee toys, featuring Andy on drums.
Currently, Andy resides in Nashville with his wife Jen and they are excitedly expecting their first child in May 2011.