JSYK: Hey, Andy! First, can you tell us what inspired your hit single 'Keep Your Head Up'?
Andy Grammer: I used to play out on the streets in Santa Monica when I started. That's how I made my living. So one day, I was playing out on the promenade and I didn't sell any CDs. When I came home, I decided to write myself a little pick-me-up and it turned out to be 'Keep Your Head Up.' It was really a blessing in disguise.
JSYK: Did you have any idea the song would resonate with so many people?
AG: No, I had no idea. I just always try to write things that are true to me and then hope they feel the same to others.
JSYK: Taylor Swift wrote your lyrics on her arm in the beginning of her Speak Now tour. Were you surprised that she did that? Have you two met?
AG: I was totally surprised! What an unbelievable thing to do. We have talked and I love her to death.
JSYK: How has your life changed since the release of your hit single and debut album?
AG: I have just basically been on the road for last six months. So that's different. Also, there are people singing my songs when I get to the cities. That's a little different, too. It's been amazing.
JSYK: 'Keep Your Head Up' is filled with great advice. What else would you say to someone who's facing adversity?
AG: Only rainbows after rain.
JSYK: What will you be doing to close out 2011?
AG: I'm on tour with Colbie Caillat right now and it's so great. She's got such a pure voice and I'm just so lucky to be out with her. So, the two of us will be running around the country singing every night and meeting more fans. Such a great life.