Andrew Tyler "Andy" Griggs (born August 13, 1973, in West Monroe, Louisiana) is an American country music artist. He has released three albums for RCA Records Nashville (You Won't Ever Be Lonely, Freedom, and This I Gotta See) and a fourth (The Good Life) for Montage Music Group. These four albums have accounted for 13 singles on the Billboard country charts, of which the highest are "You Won't Ever Be Lonely" and "She's More", both which peaked at number 2. He also charted "Grow Young With You," a cut from the soundtrack to the film Where the Heart Is.
Andrew Tyler Griggs was born August 13, 1973, in West Monroe, Louisiana. His father, Darrell, died when Griggs was 10, and brother Mason served as the family's father figure until he died of a heart attack at age 22.
Andy Griggs attended River Oaks High School. He briefly attended Northeast Louisiana University before returning to his hometown in the early 1990s, where he found work as a minister and began a family with his wife. He continued to work on his musical skills, however, and by 1999, he signed to a contract with RCA Records Nashville. Griggs has been married twice, first to Stephanie Sullivan in February in 1995, but they were eventually separated. In 2005 Griggs married his current wife, Renee.
His band is called ward 8.
His greatest career thrill is recording with Waylon Jennings.
He graduated from River Oaks High School in 1991.
One of his non-musical influences is Terry Bradshaw.
His favorite vacation spot is Alaska.
His biggest character flaw is always running late.
Andy: I used You Won't Ever Be Lonely as a foundation, of course. But I tried to make Freedom a little more extreme, a little more to the right and left – a bit more jagged on the blues side and a bit more hardcore as far as the old country style. I guess the biggest difference between making the first record and the second is that I think I know me a little better.
He has had four billboard top ten singles with none of them hitting the number one position.
In 1999 Andy was Billboard's & R&R's Top New Male Vocalist.
Some of his musical influences are Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Larry Sparks.
Andy's hobbies are fishing and hunting.
He has one gold album: You Won't Ever Be Lonely.
Andy: There's a big variety of music inside of me. I think people have heard it when I sing and play live. But I felt like it was missing on my records. It's nothing for me to listen to KISS and then put on a Bill Monroe record. There's a lot of room in between those two.
Andy was nominated for the Vocal event of the year 2003 for "The Truth About Men" (Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs, Montgomery Gentry and Blake Shelton).
Andy talking about his anual archery competion at the CMA festival: It started as a joke more than anything else. I hate golf, and I don't like to play with serious golfers. As much as I want to support charity, I was sick of having to go out on a golf course to do it. So what's something else that's fun? Well, I hunt with Blake Shelton, Tracy Byrd and Craig Morgan and I knew there were several others who hunted, too. Obviously, firearms wouldn't work with crowds. What about archery? I thought there probably wouldn't even be 100 to show up. It was huge! And it's gotten bigger and bigger each year.